‘Leave It To Beaver’ Actor Ken Osmond Passes Away At 76


Ken Osmond, best known for his role at the troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the television comedy "Leave It to Beaver", died on Monday morning.

The actor died Monday at his residence in Los Angeles, surrounded by family members and household.

Osmond's son, Eric, through a family representative, Bonnie Vent, told Variety of his death, saying Osmond "was an incredibly kind and wonderful father", and "he had his family gathered around him when he passed". The teenage character was a friend of Beaver's (Jerry Mathers) older brother Wally (Tony Dow) and was notorious for the way he'd pretend to be the flawless child in the presence of adults, while acting out when they weren't around.

"He was one of the few guys on the show who really played a character and created it", Dow added, chuckling as he mimicked the evil laugh Osmond would unleash when his character was launching one nefarious scheme or another and trying to pull Wally and his younger brother Beaver into it.

Osmond was born in 1943 in Glendale, California. He got the part of Eddie Haskell in 1957.

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Ken said: "I was very much typecast".

He returned to acting in 1983 for the "Leave It to Beaver" revival.

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

He went on to talk about how after Leave It to Beaver was cancelled he needed to find a job to provide for his family.

The Haskell function was supposed to be a easy visitor look, however Ken knocked it outta the park and his character grew to become a sequence mainstay over 6 seasons and 234 episodes.