If you thought the medical examiner on GENERAL HOSPITAL looked familiar, then you’re probably a fan of classic television. Because the actor playing that role is Barry Livingston, who is best known for playing Ernie Douglas on MY THREE SONS!
Born in 1952, Livingston began working as a child actor in the late ‘50s, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Stanley Livingston, who was already acting in film and television. After roles in shows like THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET, THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, and THE LUCY SHOW, he joined the cast of MY THREE SONS in 1963 as next-door neighbor Ernie Thompson.
Livingston’s brother, Stanley, was already a series regular as Chip Douglas, and after Tim Considine left the show in 1965, Ernie Thompson was adopted into the Douglas family and Livingston starred on MY THREE SONS until its end in 1972.
The actor’s career continued over the decades as he appeared in episodes of shows like POLICE WOMAN, HART TO HART, LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, THE WEST WING, GREY’S ANATOMY, and THE CONNORS. He can also be seen in films like The Social Network, Argo, and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.
Livingston debuted on GH in the Nov. 22, 2023 episode as the coroner who was questioned by Dante and Chase about a hit and run. He then appeared in the Dec. 7 show to inform Dante and Anna that if they were there about Jameson Forsythe’s body, the WSB had already taken it. However, the medical examiner had given Dante a key that was found on the body that could lead to more information.
Whether or not Livingston will continue to make more appearances as the coroner remains to be seen. But given the number of deaths in Port Charles, there’s no reason why the PCPD wouldn’t need to ask the guy more questions in the future! Stay tuned to find out!
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