‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Ken Osmond Dies at 76

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Ken Osmond, known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the classic sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” died on Monday morning at the age of 76.

Variety reports that the actor passed away in his Los Angeles home surrounded by family and the cause of his death was unknown.

Osmond auditioned for the role of Eddie Haskell in 1957. The role of the troublemaker was supposed to be a guest appearance, but showrunners were so impressed with Osmond’s performance that Eddie began an integral part of the show, which ran for six seasons and n 234 episodes, according to Variety.

The Glendale, California native began his acting career at the age of the 9 in the film “So Big.”

Throughout his career, Osmond appeared in other series including “Lassie,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “The Loretta Young Show,” and, after “Leave It to Beaver” ended, in series like “Petticoat Junction,” “The Munsters,” and a return appearance on “Lassie.”

He joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970, growing a mustache to be less recognizable. In 1980, he was struck in the chest by five bullets during a foot chase with a suspected car thief. He was shielded from four of the shots by a bulletproof vest; the fifth ricocheted off his belt buckle. Osmond was placed on disability and retired from the force in 1988.

Henry Lane, his former partner at LAPD, also confirmed the news of his death and said he had suffered from respiratory issues, according to Variety.

Osmond is survived by his wife, Sandra, and two sons, Christian and Eric.

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