Ken Osmond was a character actor well-known. He performed the role of Eddie Haskell on the 1950s and ’60s TV comedy show ‘Leave It to Beaver’.
Osmond’s son Eric informed The Hollywood Reporter that his father had passed away. “He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” his son mentioned in a statement on Monday. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.”
In 1957, Ken Osmond performed the role of Eddie Haskell as a 14-year-old. Eddie was a good friend to Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow), the elder brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). He was invariably polite to the grown-ups: “Good morning, Mrs. Cleaver, that’s a very pretty dress!” he would speak to June, the boy’s mother. Then he would move upstairs to Wally and Beaver’s room and be nasty. In one of the episodes, he taught Beaver inadvertently to say a Spanish phrase: “Usted tiene una cara como un puerco.” Which in English means: “You have a face like a pig.”
June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) never really got Eddie’s act. “I just don’t trust a 13-year-old boy that’s that polite,” she informed her husband, Ward (Hugh Beaumont).
In 1983, Osmond got back to play the role of an adult Eddie Haskell in an upgraded Leave It to Beaver. Osmond even did several guest appearances on other TV like The Munsters and Happy Days, but he was a typecast. He remained known as the actor who performed the two-faced suck-up, Eddie, for years, thanks to the reruns and fan ceremonies.
In reality, Osmond became a motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Police Department upon retirement.