Ken Osmond was an American actor and policeman. Osmond is best known for his iconic role as Eddie Haskell on the 1950s television situation comedy Leave It To Beaver. Typecast by the role, he found it hard to get other acting work and he ended up being a Los Angeles policeman. He later resumed his acting career after retiring from the police force. Ken Osmond died on Monday at the age of 76 years.
Ken Osmond Biography
Osmond was born in Glendale, California to a father who was a carpenter and his mother who he described as a “typical movie mother.”
Ken Osmond Age
Osmond was born on June 7, 1943. At the time of his death, he was 76 years old.
Ken Osmond Education
Ken Osmond’s mother took her sons to acting classes every day after school and he eventually studied dance, drama, diction, dialects, martial arts, and equestrian riding.
Ken Osmond Career
Osmond began his career as a child actor with his first speaking part at age 9 in the film, “So Big” that starred Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden, followed by “Good morning Miss Dove,” and “Everything But the Truth.” He also had guest appearances on television series, including “Lassie,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “Wagon Train” “Fury,” and The Loretta Young Show.”
Osmond had a breakthrough in his career when he auditioned for the Eddie Haskell role that was initially intended to be a guest appearance. However, those involved with the show became impressed with Osmond’s portrayal that the character became a key component of the series throughout its six-season run of 234 episodes in the hit series, Leave it to Beaver.
After being typecast by the role of Eddie Haskell, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970 and grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. In 1980 while chasing a car thief Albert Corringham, he was struck by five bullets while in a foot chase. He was protected from four of the bullets by his bullet-resistant vest, with the fifth bullet ricocheting off his belt buckle. He was later placed on disability and in 1988 he was forced into early retirement after serving 14 years on the force.
Osmond also co-authored along with Christopher J. Lynch the book Eddie: The Life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, which was published in 2014. Jerry Mathers, who played the title character Leave it to Beaver, wrote the foreword of the book.
Ken Osmond Family
Osmond married his wife Sandry Purdy and together they have two sons Eric E. Osmond and Christian S. Osmond. His sons starred on the reboot of their father’s hit show, The New Leave It to Beaver. Eric played the role of Frederick ‘Freddie’ Haskell throughout the entire’s show’s run, while Christian appeared as Edward C, ‘Bomber’ Haskell Jr. in episodes between 1986 and 1989.
Ken Osmond Death
The actor died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by loved ones and family. His son told TMZ, “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.”
Ken Osmond Tributes
After the news of his death, different actors went to social media with fans showing how much the show and Osmond’s performance affected their lives growing up. Sebastian Bach a Canadian singer and songwriter tweeter;
If you want to talk about my all-time influences, Ken Osmond AKA Eddie Haskell is right up there. My whole life I have laughed so hard watching Ken Osmond in Leave it to Beaver. During this time my kids have started watching too. Just last night 😞 THANK U https://t.co/1hb4Ea29mO
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) May 18, 2020
“If you want to talk about my all-time influences, Ken Osmond AKA Eddie Haskell is right up there. My whole life I have laughed so hard watching Ken Osmond in Leave it to Beaver. During this time my kids have started watching too. Just last night. THANK U.”
Another user going by the name Andrew Kruckeberg tweeted;
EVERYBODY had an Eddie Haskell friend growing up. Well, either that or you WERE the Eddie Haskell friend! An iconic character played perfectly by Ken Osmond. RIP
— Andrew Kruckeberg (@KnucksDeluxe) May 18, 2020
“EVERYBODY had an Eddie Haskell friend growing up. Well, either that or you WERE the Eddie Haskell friend! An iconic character played perfectly by Ken Osmond. RIP.