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Eddie Haskell/ AKA Ken Osmond has died

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"Variety" has just reported that Ken Osmond, the actor who portrayed Eddie Haskell on "Leave It To Beaver" has died from respiratory issues. The 76 year- old actor died this morning in his Los Angeles home.

In addition to working on television, Osmond also appeared in several Classic Movies:

So Big  & Good Morning, Miss Dove.

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The familiar television faces of our youth are departing. I'm reminded of A.E.  Housman's beautiful lines from A Shropshire Lad:

 	   "Into my heart an air that kills
            From yon far country blows:
            What are those blue remembered hills,
            What spires, what farms are those?

           That is the land of lost content,
           I see it shining plain,
           The happy highways where I went
           And cannot come again."

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Why hello Mrs. Cleaver. You look especially lovely today. Is Wallace at home? Good ol' Eddie. One of

my favorite TV characters. Of course just about everybody was on to his bs, but that didn't stop him

from continually dishing it out. I have to admit, whatever you say about Eddie, the guy was persistent.

One summer when I went to summer school I would watch an episode of Beaver, then get on my bike

and go to school. If you think kids are happy to get out of regular school, imagine how happy they

were to get out of summer school before the whole season was ruined. I even forgive Ken for becoming

a cop. C'est si bon.

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Always thought it to his credit that he was able to avoid the classic "troubled former child actor" syndrome, and for a time become a contributing member of society by joining the LAPD.

Of course I suppose that all depends on how one feels about cops, doesn't it. ;)

(...R.I.P., Ken)

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1 hour ago, Dargo said:

Always thought it to his credit that he was able to avoid the classic "troubled former child actor" syndrome, and for a time become a contributing member of society by joining the LAPD.

Of course I suppose that all depends on how one feels about cops, doesn't it. ;)

(...R.I.P., Ken)

Come to think of it, Dargo, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow didn't really fall down the rabbit hole when TV and movie roles dried up for them, either.  I think the guys who played Larry Mondello and Lumpy Rutherford sort of took a different path in life after 'Leave It To Beaver' ended, but I don't think either of them went 'Dana Plato' crazy.  Stephen Talbot, who played Gilbert, went on to be key figure at KECT, the PBS affiliate in San Francisco as a reporter and later, a producer.   I never realized until somebody brought it up on the boards here many years ago that Lyle Talbot, who appeared in many films TCM shows from the 1930's, was Stephen's dad.

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that is sad news. all of Mayfield's finest are leaving us.

Eddie Haskell, the ultimate two-faced teenager from "Leave It To ...

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Btw, I'm sure almost everyone here remembers the urban myths about Ken Osmond becoming Alice Cooper and/or John Holmes in his adults years, right?!

(...and btw again, here's somethin' I didn't know about him...according to Wikipedia, when he was with the LAPD, he was struck by five bullets fired off by a suspected car thief while in pursuit of him on foot, and with four of the bullets hitting his protective vest and the fifth one hitting his belt buckle...now how lucky is that, although this would place him on disability for the remaining of his law enforcement career)

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8 hours ago, midwestan said:

Come to think of it, Dargo, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow didn't really fall down the rabbit hole when TV and movie roles dried up for them, either.  I think the guys who played Larry Mondello and Lumpy Rutherford sort of took a different path in life after 'Leave It To Beaver' ended, but I don't think either of them went 'Dana Plato' crazy.  Stephen Talbot, who played Gilbert, went on to be key figure at KECT, the PBS affiliate in San Francisco as a reporter and later, a producer.   I never realized until somebody brought it up on the boards here many years ago that Lyle Talbot, who appeared in many films TCM shows from the 1930's, was Stephen's dad.

Here's an account of what happened to Robert "Rusty" Stevens which I had read in the past and had to dig up again just now.  It is interesting, but unless it is written by Stevens himself, there isn't any certainty.
https://rewindback.blogspot.com/2007/01/whatever-happened-to-robert-rusty.html

The part about him not telling his wife about his involvement on Leave It To Beaver, until a detective came to his house in an attempt to locate him for a reunion of sorts, is what stuck in my mind - but oddly enough I didn't see on IMDB or Wikipedia:

Many years after Leave It To Beaver had ended, when they were trying to locate Rusty to reprise his role as Larry in Still the Beaver, a detective had to be employed to try to find him. The detective found the right house and knocked on the door. Rusty's wife answered and the detective asked her if it was the residence of the former child star. She replied that he had the wrong house. When she later told this to Rusty, he told her the man did have the right house. He did indeed play Larry Mondello, he just never told his wife about it before!
Apparently, in recent years, Rusty has been purposely staying out of the limelight and has declined offers for TV appearances.

That and some discrepancy in stories between his mom pulling him off of the production all on her own, versus other accounts of his own disinterest in leading an atypical "Hollywood" life and his mom stepping in and interceding for him by pulling him out.

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I was being tongue-in-cheek about Ken being a cop, well for the most part. Better than becoming

a porn actor. Frank Bank a.k.a. Lumpy, became a stock broker and did quite well I believe. He

also wrote an autobiography and said he was quite the ladies' man. Some people found that to

hard to believe.

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:
 

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Ken Osmond, famous for his portrayal of two-faced troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the iconic sitcom 'Leave It to Beaver,' has died at age 76
 
11:04 PM · May 18, 2020·SocialFlow
 

Ken Osmond was really a nice guy and as it turns out, also a LAPD hero.

This interesting article is not only a bio of the actor, it also discusses the "Eddie Haskell" bullying syndrome.

Included, look for a linked article as to how the LAPD is honoring Ken Osmond, who was a police officer for 18 years.

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Not so lucky for Stanley Fafara who played Whitey Whitney. He ended up going down the road to drugs. Too bad.

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There is going to be one huge end of the year tribute on TCM this year. So many famous people have passed away.

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17 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Variety" has just reported that Ken Osmond, the actor who portrayed Eddie Haskell on "Leave It To Beaver" has died from respiratory issues. The 76 year- old actor died this morning in his Los Angeles home.

Eddie was one of the funniest supporting characters in sitcom history. A unique character as well, I cannot recall any other like him. The show is one of the greatest sitcoms IMO, it has often been unfairly maligned as some boring, sentimental dated drivel. If you actually sit and watch the show, you will see that is just FUNNY! The situations and dialogue are laugh out loud at times. It gets some of the messages and lessons in there, but when it seems to get preachy, Wally or Beaver come up with line that makes you laugh again. 

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22 minutes ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

Eddie was one of the funniest supporting characters in sitcom history. A unique character as well, I cannot recall any other like him. The show is one of the greatest sitcoms IMO, it has often been unfairly maligned as some boring, sentimental dated drivel. If you actually sit and watch the show, you will see that is just FUNNY! The situations and dialogue are laugh out loud at times. It gets some of the messages and lessons in there, but when it seems to get preachy, Wally or Beaver come up with line that makes you laugh again. 

I couldn't agree more.  Leave It To Beaver remains one of the great television shows of all time.

Although I was a bit too young to appreciate Leave It To Beaver when it was originally broadcast, I enjoyed reruns later in the 60s and then rediscovered the show when it had another rerun heyday in the 80s, while I was still a student.  I'd return to my apartment after classes in the late afternoon and watch three episodes of Beaver on three different cable stations every day.  Around the same time, they put together a reunion TV movie (Still The Beaver) and a new TV show (The New Leave It To Beaver), neither of which was as good as the original, of course, but it was still nice to see the old(er) faces again.  Sadly, Hugh Beaumont had died by that time, and there was a touching scene in the TV movie with June visiting Ward's grave and saying something like, "Ward, we have to talk about the Beaver," referring to whatever crisis the grown-up Beav was facing.

When the DVD era arrived, my wife and I invested in the complete series and have enjoyed many happy hours with the great cast and humorous stories.  I was younger than the characters in the show, but many of their experiences jibed with my own a few years later -- although I was lucky not to have anyone like Eddie Haskell making my life miserable.  But Eddie was a great character who was part of many very funny moments in the show.  (There was also the somewhat sad story when the teenaged Eddie got mad at his parents and moved out of their house to a dumpy apartment.  Seeing his loneliness, Wally helped Eddie put aside his pride and move back to the family home.)

There were a lot of great actors in Leave It To Beaver over the years, many of whom are familiar from classic films.   Besides the excellent core cast, there were James Gleason, Edgar Buchanan (more than once), Lyle Talbot, Madge Blake (the recurring role of Larry Mondello's mom), Richard Deacon (the recurring role of Lumpy Rutherford's dad, Fred), Marjorie Reynolds, Will Wright, Lillian Bronson, Jimmy Hawkins (from It's a Wonderful Life), Irving Bacon, Herb Vigran, Frank Albertson, Ryan O'Neal, Howard McNear, and many other fine actors whose names aren't as well known, even to movie/TV buffs.

Much of the regular cast is gone now: in addition to Ken Osmond, Barbara Billingsley (June), Hugh Beaumont (Ward), Richard Deacon (Fred Rutherford), Frank Bank (Lumpy), Stanley Fafara (Whitey), Sue Randall (Miss Landers).  But some of their best work, on Leave It To Beaver, will continue to provide very good entertainment for years to come.  RIP.

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1 hour ago, Det Jim McLeod said:

Eddie was one of the funniest supporting characters in sitcom history. A unique character as well, I cannot recall any other like him. The show is one of the greatest sitcoms IMO, it has often been unfairly maligned as some boring, sentimental dated drivel. If you actually sit and watch the show, you will see that is just FUNNY! The situations and dialogue are laugh out loud at times. It gets some of the messages and lessons in there, but when it seems to get preachy, Wally or Beaver come up with line that makes you laugh again. 

Certainly, a unique character for television.  But I'm willing to bet many of us, over the years, knew somebody like Haskell among their circle of friends and acquaintances.  Hell, one of my sister in law's ex husband was sorta like him.  Obnoxious, always talking like he's got more game than he ever possessed. And we ALL no doubt had one friend that our parents felt dubious about, right?

And Osmond did him brilliantly.  And one of the funniest slams against Eddie, delivered by Tony Dow's Wally, described the character succinctly----

When Eddie spelled out a nefarious plan of some kind, wally asked him, "Hey, Eddie.  Isn't it about the time of year for you to shed your skin?"  :D 

Rest in Peace, Ken.  You did good.  Both during and after Leave It To Beaver.

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35 minutes ago, BingFan said:

There were a lot of great actors in Leave It To Beaver over the years, many of whom are familiar from classic films.   Besides the excellent core cast, there were James Gleason, Edgar Buchanan (more than once), Lyle Talbot, Madge Blake (the recurring role of Larry Mondello's mom), Richard Deacon (the recurring role of Lumpy Rutherford's dad, Fred), Marjorie Reynolds, Will Wright, Lillian Bronson, Jimmy Hawkins (from It's a Wonderful Life), Irving Bacon, Herb Vigran, Frank Albertson, Ryan O'Neal, Howard McNear, and many other fine actors whose names aren't as well known, even to movie/TV buffs.

Don't forget the ubiquitous character actor Burt Mustin, who played Gus the Fireman. I thought he might live forever!

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2 minutes ago, jakeem said:

Don't forget the ubiquitous character actor Burt Mustin, who played Gus the Fireman. I thought he might live forever!

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Absolutely -- one of the best character actors in the show!  (I shouldn't have overlooked Burt!)

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BTW....  I didn't mention this because the thread is about Ken Osmond, but the mention of Rusty Sevens(Larry Mondello) up there reminded me....

When MEtv was showing MY THREE SONS reruns recently(in the am) I saw Rusty in one of the earlier episodes.  He was in a group of guys Chip was hangin' with.

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57 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

BTW....  I didn't mention this because the thread is about Ken Osmond, but the mention of Rusty Sevens(Larry Mondello) up there reminded me....

When MEtv was showing MY THREE SONS reruns recently(in the am) I saw Rusty in one of the earlier episodes.  He was in a group of guys Chip was hangin' with.

Sepiatone

It looks as if his departure from Leave It To Beaver had more to do with his getting out of a binding contract and living on the set, rather than quit altogether.  He just wanted to get back to living life like everybody else.  They did eventually get out of the Hollywood scene and his family moved across the country.

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RIP.

Is any station running Beaver anymore? Decades will probably do a wknd marathon, but my stupid cable company dropped Decades. :( My favorite exchanges were Eddie trying to BS Mrs. Cleaver (and always failing).

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16 minutes ago, Hibi said:

Is any station running Beaver anymore?

I just did a Google search for "Where can I watch Leave It to Beaver?" and got this answer: "Leave It to Beaver is not scheduled to air on TV in the next 14 days. Put it on a watchlist, and you will be informed of its next airing."

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19 minutes ago, Hibi said:

RIP.

Is any station running Beaver anymore? Decades will probably do a wknd marathon, but my stupid cable company dropped Decades. :( My favorite exchanges were Eddie trying to BS Mrs. Cleaver (and always failing).

It's on MeTV every morning at 8:00 and 8:30AM Mon to Fri.

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