Lucille Ball’s Daughter Announces Death of ‘The Lucy Show’ Actor James Garrett

by Madison Miller
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Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, is paying her respects to a beloved cast member that once appeared on “The Lucy Show.”

While Ball was known for her hilarious antics on “I Love Lucy” with Desi Arnaz, she had other ventures after the still-loved sitcom. She starred in “The Lucy Show” from 1962 to 1968 alongside other icons like Gale Gordon and Vivian Vance. Amongst those stars was James (Jimmy) Garrett.

Death of ‘The Lucy Show’ Actor James Garrett

Garrett played a regular in seasons one and two of the show and then was recurring in seasons three and four. He played Jerry Carmichael, who was Lucille Ball’s son on the show. Lucie Arnaz shared the news on her Instagram account.

“We lost one of our LUCY world family this week. James (Jimmy) Garrett passed away at age 66 in his home from complications of diabetes. Such a shame. He was wonderful as Jerry Carmichael, my mother’s son on The Lucy Show and was a loving father to two beautiful children, Amelie and Spencer from his marriage to his ex wife, Laura Johansen @alauradesign . So sorry, Jimmy. I hope you are finally at peace,” she wrote.

Lucie Arnaz also posted several throwback photos of Jimmy Garrett on the show. A particularly adorable photo shows him between one of the most iconic pairings in TV history, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance.

Sadly, Garrett is leaving behind two children after passing at 66. He was found dead on September 17 and was only one week away from turning 67. His death is connected to complications from his diabetes.

Garrett was born in Los Angeles on September 23, 1954. He made his first appearance on TV when he was only five on “Playhouse 90” in 1959. He had also had roles in shows like “The Twilight Zone,” “Mister Ed,” “Burke’s Law,” “My Three Sons,” and “Munster, Go Home.”

While he spent a good portion of his career as an actor, Garrett eventually moved on from this. According to Forbes, he would become an accountant for a number of different series.

Lucille Ball Radio Show

Lucille Ball, on top of her production company and her sitcoms, also had her own radio interview show from 1964 to 1966. She would interview A-list celebrities like Gene Kelly, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Steve Allen, Bob Hope, and Debbie Reynolds.

The show was right as Lucille Ball was on “The Lucy Show.” SiriusXM is reviving the show with modern celebrities like Amy Poehler, Ron Howard, Tiffany Haddish, and many others. The podcast is composed of questions posed by Ball.

These tapes of about 240 episodes were sitting dormant with Lucie Arnaz until recently.