Ken Osmond: ‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Dies at 76 Rest in Peace!

Ken Osmond who played the ever so popular “Eddie Haskell” on the hit tv show ‘Leave It to Beaver’ passed away at 76. Nothing made me laugh harder as a kid then watching Nick at Night, and catching old shows I would have never seen before. While I should have been sleeping! I was up watching re-runs of shows like “Bewitched, Gilligan’s Island, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Honeymooners” and so on. Yes I’m an old school TV lover, and nerd like that… But As you can imagine I go back a long ways when it comes to old comedy shows and loved the show “Leave it to Beaver” (1957 to 1963) as a kid. When kids at school we’re quoting the latest movies I was still blasting out insults directly from the mind of one “Eddie Haskell” himself.

A true comedy star from the start Ken Osmond was on tv the original BART SIMPSON! Only a bit older, edgier, and not in cartoon form. Oh, and he didn’t stay 12 years old for 30 years. But with that said… He was hilarious! At least to me he was. While Ken had a wonderful career nothing he ever did was as special as the role of “Eddie Haskell” and it’s one of TV’s golden era of tv’s best comedy characters of it’s day. Eddie was Wallace “Wally” Cleaver’s mischievous friend who was always up to no good, and audiences could count on him to dream up a scheme.

Osmond reprised his role in the 1983 TV movie “Still the Beaver,” as well as the 1980s TV reboot “The New Leave It to Beaver” and the 1997 movie “Leave It to Beaver.”

“Everyone knows an Eddie Haskell,” Osmond told the Chicago Tribune in a 1992 interview. “He’s the guy who you can blame things on when they go wrong. The ironic thing about ‘Beaver’ is that it was never a top 10 show during the original network run. It was just another family show that had enough fans to keep it on the air.”

While a cause of death has not immediately been revealed, Osmond’s former partner at the Los Angeles Police Department said that the actor had suffered from respiratory issues. Osmond had joined the LAPD in 1970 while still working as an actor. During his 14 years as a police officer, he also guest-starred on TV shows such as Happy Days and Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and reprised his role as Eddie Haskell in The New Leave It to Beaver, which ran from 1983 to 1989, according to IMDb.

Osmond’s representative Bonnie Vent provided a statement from the actor’s son Eric: “He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father. He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.” Osmond is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Sandra Lee Purdy, and their two children, Christian and Eric Osmond.

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