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Actor Ernie Lively has died at the age of 74 after suffering cardiac complications his family has announced.

The actor passed away in Los Angeles surrounded by his wife and all of his children, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Five of Ernie's children, including Blake Lively, followed him into acting.

His 50-year career saw him feature in movies such as Passenger 57, The Dukes of Hazzard and Turner & Hooch.

He is arguably best known for his role as the father of his daughter Blake's character in the two Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants films.

He was also credited with roles in hit movies, including Shock, Air America, Showdown in Little Tokya and Mulholland Falls.

His TV career included roles in series such as The X-Files, Seinfeld, Murder, She Wrote and The West Wing.

He was born Ernest Brown Jr. in Baltimore and was an English professor.

He had also served as a lieutenant during the Vietnam war.

Ernie Lively with with Elaine and daughter Blake
(Image: Getty Images)

In addition to Blake Lively – who is married to The Hitman's Bodyguard actor Ryan Reynolds – Ernie had four other children.

His sons Jason and Eric, and daughters Robyn and Lori all built their own acting careers too.

Jason starred in National Lampoon's European Vacation, while Eric had a role in American Pie and The Butterfly Effect 2.

Robyn starred in the movie Teen Witch and TV series Twin Peaks, while Lori featured in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

As well as his kids, Ernie is survived by wife Elaine, whom he married in 1979, his sister Judith, and his nine grandchildren.

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