Ken Osmond, a child actor known for his role as Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver,” has died at the age of 76. He died at him home in Los Angeles today, and a cause of death was not given.
“He had his family gathered around him when he passed,” his son Eric Osmond said. “He was loved and will be very missed.” Eric remembered him as “an incredibly kind and wonderful father.”
As an actor, Osmond was best known for playing the rebellious character of Eddie Haskell on the 1950s sitcom “Leave It to Beaver.” Osmond appeared on 97 episodes of the show across its six seasons and later reprised his role as a series regular on the Disney Channel revival, “The New Leave It to Beaver” in 1984. He also had guest roles on shows including “Lassie,” “Petticoat Junction” and “The Munsters.”
In 1970, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department, serving as an officer until he was struck by five bullets during a chase with a suspected car thief and placed on disability before his retirement in 1988.