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Ken Osmond Biography
Kenneth Charles Osmond is an American actor and retired policeman. Beginning a young career as a child actor at the age of four, Osmond is best known for his iconic role as Eddie Haskell on the 1950s television situation comedy Leave It to Beaver, and for reprising it on the 1980s revival series The New Leave It to Beaver.
Typecast by the role, he found it hard to get other acting work and became a Los Angeles policeman. After retiring from the police, he resumed his acting career
Ken Osmond Age
Osmond was born on June 7, 1943, in Glendale, California U.S.A. Currently, he is 76 years old..
Ken Osmond Family
His father was a carpenter and his mother, whom he describes as “a typical movie mother”, had ambitions to get him and his brother, Dayton, into acting.
Ken Osmond Education
His mother took her sons to act classes every day after school; he eventually studied dance, drama, diction, dialects, martial arts, and equestrian riding
Ken Osmond Spouse
Osmond married Sandra Purdy in 1969.
Ken Osmond Children
He has two sons, Eric E. Osmond born on October 8, 1971, and Christian S. Osmond was born on June 12, 1974.
Ken Osmond Career
Ken was born on June 3, 1943, in Glendale, California, and started appearing on film and TV prior to his sitcom success thanks to a typically insistent stage mother. Taking up athletic skills such as fencing and martial arts as well as diction classes, Ken and his brother Dayton Osmond made their film debuts as child extras in the Mayflower pilgrim tale Plymouth Adventure (1952) starring Spencer Tracy.
Other minor tyke film roles came for Osmond with So Big (1953), Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955) and Everything But the Truth (1956). He went on to appear in the popular shows of the day including “Circus Boy,” “Annie Oakley” and “Lassie.” Both public and studio schooled, Ken nabbed the key role of Eddie Haskell at age 14. With his tight, curly blond locks, ugly sneer and intimidating stance, he became an instant sensation on the show, delightfully smudging up the squeaky-clean Cleaver name on occasion with his nasty antics.
As the two-faced buddy of teenager Wally Cleaver, Eddie was forever brown-nosing the Cleaver parents (“You look lovely today, Mrs. Cleaver!”) while showing his true colors bullying poor Beaver (nicknaming him “squirt”) or goading Wally on to break some family rule or curfew. A certifiable radar for trouble, he was the resident scene-stealer for six seasons until the show’s demise in 1963, when things went downhill quickly.
In retrospect, a spinoff show starring the Eddie Haskell character could have been something to consider; however, Osmond as a 20-year-old juvenile delinquent (his age when the show ended) might have been hard to swallow. Osmond struggled badly in its aftermath. After a hitch in the Army, he grabbed a few TV remnants that came his way on such lightweight comedy shows as “The Munsters” and “Petticoat Junction.”
Following a minor role in the youth-oriented flick C’ mon, Let’s Live a Little (1967) starring pop singers Bobby Vee and Jackie DeShannon, Osmond pretty much called it quits. He subsequently made a very un-Eddie-like career choice by joining the Los Angeles Police Department. He grew a mustache to help secure his anonymity. A long-time member of its vice squad, he was wounded three times during the line of duty, eventually retired and earned a medical disability pension from the police force.
In the 1980s, Ken came back to TV with a reunion mini-movie and then a cable-revived version of “Leave It to Beaver” entitled The New Leave It to Beaver (1983), which featured Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, Frank Bank and Jerry Mathers from the original 1950s cast. The series revolved around the boys all married now, having kids and faced with grown-up problems. Ken’s real-life offspring Christian Osmond and Eric Osmond played his impish sons on the series, Eddie Jr. and Freddie.
A full-length film version of Leave It to Beaver (1997) had Osmond turning back once again to the show, this time as the father of his infamous role. Ken still makes personal appearances occasionally at film festivals, collectors’ shows, and nostalgia conventions. Married to wife Sandy since 1970, he has kept fairly prosperous handling rental properties in the Los Angeles area. His brother Dayton later became a special effects supervisor for the TV show “Babylon 5.”
Ken Osmond Nationality
His nationality is American.
Ken Osmond Net Worth
The American actor has a net worth of $500 thousand.
Ken Osmond Measurement
His height result is under review.
Ken Osmond Filmography
-1997 Leave It to Beaver
-1992 Hi Honey, I’m Home (TV Series)
-1991 Dead Women in Lingerie
-1991 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (TV Series)
-1983-1989 The New Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
-1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
-1984 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
-1983 Happy Days (TV Series)
-1983 High School U.S.A. (TV Movie)
-1983 Still the Beaver (TV Movie)
-1968 With Six You Get Eggroll
-1967 C’mon, Let’s Live a Little
-1955-1967 Lassie (TV Series)
-1966 The Munsters (TV Series)
-1964 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
-1957-1963 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)
-1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
-1957 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
-1957 Colt .45 (TV Series)
-1956-1957 Fury (TV Series)
-1957 Telephone Time (TV Series)
-1957 Official Detective (TV Series)
-1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
-1957 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
-1956 Everything But the Truth
-1956 Annie Oakley (TV Series)
-1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove
-1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
-1953 So Big
-1952 Plymouth Adventure
-2013 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade (TV Special)
-2009 Whatever Happened To? (TV Series)
-2008 Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (TV Series documentary)
-2007 Wiener Takes All: A Dogumentary (Documentary)
-2007 TV Land: Myths and Legends (TV Series documentary)
-2006 The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases (TV Mini-Series documentary)
-2006 Begleiter (Short)
-2004 The Caribou Show (TV Series)
-1998 Desperation Boulevard
-1992 Top Cops (TV Series)
-1988 Clash of the Champions (TV Special)
-1985 Our Time (TV Series)
-1983 Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (TV Series)
-1983 Family Feud (TV Series)
-1956 Boy with a Knife (Documentary short)
-2014 The Sixties (TV Series documentary)
-2008 The O’Reilly Factor (TV Series)
-1989 Quantum Leap (TV Series)
-1963 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series)