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Subject: Ken Osmond - Eddie Haskell from "Leave it to Beaver" has died.

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Date Posted: Monday, May 18, 11:04:41am


Ken Osmond, best known for his role at the troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the television comedy “Leave It to Beaver,” died on Monday morning. He was 76.

Sources tell Variety Osmond passed away at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family members.

The cause of death is unknown.

Osmond, a native of Glendale, Ca., began his career as a child actor with his first speaking part at age 9 in the film “So Big,” starring Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden, followed by “Good Morning Miss Dove,” and “Everything But the Truth. He also guest-starred on television series, including “Lassie,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “Wagon Train,” “Fury,” and “The Loretta Young Show.”

In 1957, Osmond auditioned for the the Eddie Haskell role, which was originally intended to be a guest appearance, but those involved with the show were so impressed with Osmond’s portrayal that the character became a key component of the series throughout its six-season run of 234 episodes.

Osmond portrayed Haskell as sycophantic to grownups while making fun of them behind their backs. 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. During the final years of the show, Osmond was in the U.S. Army Reserve.

When the series ended, Osmond continued to working as an actor, appearing on “Petticoat Junction,” “The Munsters,” and a return appearance on “Lassie. He was cast in the feature films “C’mon Let’s Live a Little” and “With Six You Get Eggroll” but found himself typecast as “Eddie Haskell.”

Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970, grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. In 1980, Osmond was struck by five bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief and was protected from four of the bullets by his bullet-resistant vest, with the fifth bullet ricocheting off of his belt buckle Osmond was placed on disability and eventually retired from the force in 1988.

Osmond filed a class-action lawsuit in 2007 against the Screen Actors Guild, asserting that SAG had over-stepped its authority in collecting foreign royalties without disclosing the collection agreements until he and Jack Klugman threatened to file suit. The action was settled in 2010.

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That's sad - he made that character memorable. (NT)Perfectly cast!Monday, May 18, 11:29:43am
In the 1983 TV reunion he told his workers building retirement community housing, "Cut a coupla corners, no one will ... oh, hello, Mrs. Cleaver!" RIP to an ulimate TV villain. (NT)Ed TraceyMonday, May 18, 11:38:57am
Sad news. During his lean acting years he served as a Los Angeles Police Officer. (NT)RIPMonday, May 18, 11:40:22am
Great childhood memories of "Leave it to Beaver". (NT)NTMonday, May 18, 11:51:22am
First Whitey, then Lumpy, now Eddie ...Wally & Beaver LIVE! (NT)Considering their fame was 65 years ago, most fared well over the decades.Monday, May 18, 12:17:32pm
Pamela Baird AKA Mary Ellen Rogers is still alive at 75. (NT)TMZMonday, May 18, 12:34:14pm

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