Ken Osmond Dead - 'Leave It to Beaver' Star's Obituary

Leave it to Beaver Actor Ken Osmond dies at 76

Ken Osmond, best known for playing Eddie Haskell on the 1950's sitcom Leave It To Beaver, has died.

The actor died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by loved ones and family.

In a statement, Osmond's son Eric remembered him as "an incredibly kind and wonderful father". "He was loved and will be very missed". He was a high-school friend of Wally Cleaver, older brother of Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, and constantly trying to get his friends in activities that would get them into trouble.

Osmond was born in 1943 in Glendale, California.

In the show's original 1957 pilot, which resurfaced three decades later, the Haskell-type character was named Frankie and was played by future SNL, The Simpsons and This Is Spinal Tap actor Harry Shearer.

Henry Lane, Osmond's former colleague at the Los Angeles Police Department, also confirmed his death to the publication, saying he had suffered from respiratory problems.

Young Ken Osmond  Wikimedia Commons
Young Ken Osmond Wikimedia Commons

Osmond appeared on 97 episodes of the show across its six seasons and later reprised his role as a series regular on the Disney Channel revival, "The New Leave It to Beaver" in 1984.

Osmond returned to making guest appearances on TV shows including "The Munsters" in the late 1960s, but found he was so identified with Eddie Haskell that it was hard to land roles.

He would return to TV in 1983, when "Leave It to Beaver" reruns were having a heyday, appearing in the TV movie "Still the Beaver".

In 2008 Kenn told radio host Stu Shostak how he felt typecast after his role as Eddie.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra, and two sons.

However, Ken played the role so well, he became a crucial part of the series.

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