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Monday, May 18, 2020
RIP Ken Osmond
Ken Osmond passed away today. He was 76.
You probably don’t know who Ken Osmond was. Neither did I. As a big fan of the TV show “Leave it to Beaver” I did know who Eddie Haskell was.
Eddie was polite talking to grown-ups, but behind the grown-up’s back he was the pain in the ass kid who was Wally Cleaver’s friend. If you have had teenage children, you probably knew an Eddie Haskell.
Turns out Ken (Eddie) was an interesting person. It seems like most child actor stars turn out to be drug addicted ass-hats; not Ken. Come to think of it, none of the child actors on the show turned out bad. Perhaps it was because the Cleaver father, Ward, was a Pastor in his real life.
Ken had a few roles after “Beaver,” but he was type cast because of Eddie Haskell and had trouble finding work.
Ken was married with two children and became a police officer in Los Angeles, a motorcycle cop.
In 1980 during a chase, he was hit by five bullets. Four hit his bullet-proof vest, one his belt buckle. He retired in 1988.
Unlike many in Hollywood, his marriage lasted, and by all accounts Ken was an excellent father and a stand-up guy.
I can’t say I will miss Ken, I only know him as Eddie Haskell and Eddie will live forever along with the re-runs of the show.
I kind of wish I had known the real Eddie Haskell, Ken Osmond.