Ken Osmond (Actor) as Eddie Haskell - Leave It to Beaver
 
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Updated: 8/5/11

Name: Ken Osmond

Born: June 7, 1943, Glendale, California

Claim To Fame: He is best known for playing Eddie Haskell on the TV series Leave It to Beaver.

Family Life: He has been married to his wife Sandy Purdy since 1969. They have two sons, Eric Osmond (born October 8, 1971) and Christian Osmond (born June 12, 1974).

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Info: Osmond and his brother Dayton made their film debuts in the Mayflower pilgrim tale Plymouth Adventure (1952) starring Spencer Tracy. Osmond won a few small film roles and appeared on some popular shows including Circus Boy, Annie Oakley, and Lassie.

When he was 14, he landed the role of Eddie Haskell on Leave It to Beaver. After his child acting career, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970, and ended up serving 18 years as an officer. Eventually, he had to retire after being hit by three bullets during a chase with a suspected car thief.

He later reprised his role as Eddie Haskell in 1983 for the CBS made-for-television movie Still the Beaver. The movie was such a hit that it led to the comedy series The New Leave It to Beaver, which ran for four seasons from 1984 to 1989. Osmond played Eddie Haskell, Sr. on the series, and his character's two sons were played by Osmond's real- life sons, Eric and Christian.

Osmond made appearances on television shows like Happy Days, and the television movie High School U.S.A. Osmond continued to reprise his role as Eddie Haskell on shows such as Parker Lewis Can't Lose, and Hi Honey, I'm Home!, and in the 1997 feature film Leave It to Beaver.

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Trivia: Is a member of the American Legion.

Grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity when he was a cop.

Adult film actor John Holmes billed himself under the name Eddie Haskell a few times, leading rumors to start that Osmond had become a porn star. Osmond lauched a $25 million law suit, but the court ruled for Holmes saying that the name was protected as a satire.

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Where Are They Now: After The Leave It to Beaver film, it seems that Osmond quit his acting career. Nowadays, he occasionally makes appearances at film festivals, collectors' shows and nostalgia conventions. He also handles rental properties in the Los Angeles area.

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