2020-05-19

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  • Faith: Christianity
  • Career: Actor
  • Birthday:  June 07, 1943
  • Accomplishments:  Actor, law enforcement, Child Star, Leave It to Beaver
  • Fun Faith Fact!: Ken Osmond worked as a motorcycle police officer for the LAPD.

Ken Osmond was born and raised in Glendale, California. His mother initially got the star into acting, and he landed his first role working in commercials as an extra at the age of four. By the time he was nine, Osmond had received his first speaking role and started making guest appearances on TV shows.

Osmond was featured in films such as "Good Morning Miss Dove" and "Everything But the Truth." Osmond auditioned in 1957 at the age of 14 and landed the role for Eddie Haskell on the widely popular family sitcom "Leave it to Beaver." The part was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance, but Osmond's impressive portrayal of the character made him a staple character. He appeared in a total of 97 of the 235 episodes.

After "Leave it to Beaver" went off the air, Osmond continued to make appearances in TV series like "The Munsters" and "Lassie" before deciding to leave Hollywood to pursue a career with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in 1970. Osmond told the Chicago Tribune in 1992 that it had been his dream since he was a child. After being struck by multiple bullets during a foot chase, Osmond retired from the force in 1980.

 On May 18, 2020, Ken Osmond passed away at his home in Los Angeles. The actor was 76 years old.


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