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Veteran Actor And Leave It to Beaver’s Star Ken Osmond Dies At 76

Veteran Actor And Leave It to Beaver’s Star Ken Osmond Dies At 76

Actor Ken Osmond, best known as Eddie Haskel in ” Leave It to Beaver’s ” Sitcom is dead.


The actor died at the age of 76.  His family confirmed.


The actor was 14 in 1957 when he was cast as the two-faced tormentor to Jerry Mathers’ Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver.


The role was initially written as a one-off part, but Osmond eventually co-starred in 96 episodes, in addition to appearances on shows like The Munsters and Petticoat Junction.


Veteran Actor And Leave It to Beaver’s Star Ken Osmond Dies At 76

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After the series ended in 1963, the actor left acting and served for 18 years as an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.


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.


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He soon gave up acting and become a Los Angeles police officer for more than a decade.


“I was very much typecast. It’s a death sentence. I’m not complaining because Eddie’s been too good to me, but I found work hard to come by.


In 1968, I bought my first house, in ’69 I got married, and we were going to start a family and I needed a job, so I went out and signed up for the LAPD.” Osmond told radio host Stu Stoshak in a 2008 interview on “Stu’s Show.”


In 1983, he returned to reprise his role as a now-grown Eddie Haskell in 1983’s The New Leave It to Beaver sequel series, initially titled Still the Beaver, which featured the adult Cleaver boys with families of their own. The show ran until 1989.


In 2014 Ken Osmond co-authored a memoir reflecting on his life as Haskell. It was titled, “Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy.”


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