Even years after it ended, fans still adore the renowned classic family sitcom “My Three Sons.” Let’s take a closer look at the travels of the real-life triplets who played Robbie Douglas’ kids.
The beloved comedy “My Three Sons” captivated audiences with its portrayal of the exploits of the Douglas family and ran from 1960 to 1972. The program deviated from the idea of the traditional nuclear family, which has added to its lasting influence.
Before departing the show in the fifth season, Tim Considine portrayed Mike Douglas, the eldest son, who questioned his father’s choices. Don Grady played Robbie Douglas, the series’ adolescent parent of triplets, while Stanley Livingston played the youngest boy who watches his father die.
The triplets appeared in films from 1970 to 1972. The siblings, Joe, Dan, and Michael Todd were indistinguishable but attractive in a recent photo that actress Tina Cole posted on Facebook, displaying a remarkable similarity as adults.
Their grandma answered a newspaper ad looking for twins for “My Three Sons,” and that’s how their adventure began. For a sitcom bearing that title, the concept of introducing a third character to the twins worked perfectly. The Todd brothers were chosen just because they were siblings, not because of any unique skills.
The triplets dabbled with ads after “My Three Sons” and appeared on “The Joan Rivers Show” in 1989. Their stints in the entertainment business were brief, though, as they opted to serve in the military instead.
For the triplets, deciding to enlist in the Army became a crucial choice. Joe worked as a medic in the Army for twenty years, retiring in 2007.