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Ken Osmond

Ken Osmond (1943–2020), Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver”

by Kirk Fox

Ken Osmond played smart aleck Eddie Haskell, best friend of Wally Cleaver, on the classic sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.”   

  • Died: Monday, May 18, 2020 (Who else died on May 18?) 
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 76 from undisclosed causes at his home in Los Angeles. 
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Eddie Haskell

Osmond was a child actor who made guest appearances on many TV shows including “Lassie.” He was originally supposed to be a guest star as Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver” but was so good that he was made a regular cast member. Eddie was known for getting his best friend Wally Cleaver and his younger brother Beaver into trouble. He hid his mischief by always playing up to adults by complimenting them, especially June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley). After the series ended, Osmond continuted to make guest appearances on TV shows including “The Munsters” and “Petticoat Junction.” In 1970, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department and was saved by his bullet proof vest when shot multiple times in 1980. He later returned to acting, starring in “The New Leave It to Beaver,” which ran in the 1980s.

What they said about him

Full Obituary: Variety

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