Ken Osmond, Who Played Eddie Haskell On “Leave It To Beaver,” Dies At 76 – Ken Osmond, who is best known for his iconic role as troublemaker Eddie Haskell on the late 1950s to early 1960s television situation comedy “Leave It To Beaver,” has died on Monday.
Ken Osmond, Who Played Eddie Haskell On “Leave It To Beaver,” Dies At 76 | Ken Osmond Cause Of Death:
Ken Osmond, who was just 14-year-old when he initiated his career with his legendary character of Eddie Haskell in 1957, died at his home in Los Angeles on Monday morning. He was 76.
Ken Osmond’s son Eric Osmond announced his father’s death news in a statement through Osmond’s manager.
“He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” Eric said in a statement. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.”
Ken Osmond died at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Shadow Hills, California, at age 76, from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease.
Ken Osmond’s iconic character Eddie Haskell stood out among many memorable characters on the classic family sitcom “Leave it to Beaver,” which aired from 1957-1963, but had a decades-long life of reruns and revivals. Osmond appeared in 97 of the series’ 235 episodes.
Ken Osmond Was Shot Three Times When He Was A LAPD Cop | “Leave It To Beaver” TV Star And Ex-Cop Ken Osmond Dead:
Ken Osmond spent 14 years as an armorer and served as part of the Los Angeles Police Department. Ken Osmond was working for LAPD in 1980 and conducting a motorcyle patrol for drunken drivers when he and his partner came across a stolen taxi driven by Albert Cunningham.
The driver and suspected car thief, Albert Cunningham, who reportedly shot Osmond three times in an exchange of gunfire with police. Cunningham faced the death penalty for killing Enrique Treto, 36, on Dec. 2, 1985. and Osmond testified in the trial.
The actor-turned-policeman-turned-actor, Ken Osmond said Associated Press eight years after the incident, recounting the 1980 shooting, “I saw a flash of light and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back on the sidewalk, 10 to 15 feet away. I was not able to move. I thought I was dying.”
Osmond also reprised his best-known role in a few times over the years, including as part of the sitcom sequel “The New Leave It to Beaver” from 1985 to 1986 with other members of the original cast, as well as “Still the Beaver’” on TBS from 1986 to 1987 and for the feature “Leave It to Beaver” in 1997.
Ken Osmond’s other credits included roles on “The Munsters”, “A Matter of Seconds” and “Happy Days.”
Tony Dow, who played Wally, said The Associated Press on Monday, “He was a terrific guy, he was a terrific actor and his character is probably one that will last forever.”
“Ken may have been a famous TV star,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in a statement, “but his real life role as Los Angeles Police Officer was where he made his biggest impact. After his successful run on one of the most popular shows of all time, he chose to protect and to serve the residents of Los Angeles, and I’m proud to have been able to call him a law enforcement partner.”
Ken Osmond is now survived by his wife, Sandra Purdy, and his children, Eric and Christian.