Ken Osmond, a famed American actor-cum-policeman who played Eddie Haskell on ‘Leave It To Beaver’, the 1950s family TV series, is dead aged 76.


According to TMZ, the film star breathed his last on Monday while at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by loved ones and family.

Eric Osmond, his son, who had broken the sad news, was quoted to have said: “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.”


Osmond had started acting when he was only 9-years-old but would later get his big break in 1957 after he was cast as Eddie.

The role of Eddie was also supposed to be a one-off guest appearance but the show’s producers and its audience found him so memorable he became a regular, appearing in nearly 100 of the show’s 234 episodes.

In 1970, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and worked as a motorcycle officer, a job that saw him get struck by five bullets while in a foot chase with a suspected car thief.


Returning to acting after retiring, he received several awards and continued to make television appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s on a variety of television shows.

While the cause of his death is yet to be disclosed, Osmond is survived by Sandra, his wife, alongside Christian and Eric, his two sons.

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