Who was Ken Osmond?
Ken Osmond was an American actor and also a police officer. Osmond was active as an actor between the years 1953-2016 and as a police officer between 1970 and 1988. He is best recognized as Eddie Haskell in the late 1950s to early 1960s, a role he played on television situation comedy Leave It to Beaver. He later reprised the role on the 1980s revival series The New Leave It to Beaver.
Ken later decided to be a police officer in Los Angeles after being typecast by the role. After his retirement from his police career, he handled rental properties in Los Angeles County. He also made occasional personal appearances at film festivals, collectors’ shows, and nostalgia conventions.
At the age of 76, Osmond died at his home in Los Angeles. He succumbed to complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease.
How Old was Ken Osmond?
Kenneth Charles Osmond was 76 years old at the time of his death on May 18, 2020. He was born on June 7, 1943, in Glendale, California, U.S.
Who are Ken Osmond’s Parents and Siblings?
Osmond was born to Pearl (Hand), an agent, and Thurman Osmond, a studio carpenter and propmaker. His father came from Texas while his mother was born in Oklahoma. He has a brother by the name Dayton Osmond. Ken’s mother always had ambitions to take Ken and Dayton into an acting school. At the age of four, Osmond was already making professional auditions at the age of four. He was later working in commercials. Osmond’s mother took her to act classes every day after school.
Dayton and his brother had film debuts as child extras in the Mayflower pilgrim tale Plymouth Adventure (1952) starring Spencer Tracy.
Was Ken Osmond Married?
Yes, until his death on 18th May 2020, Osmond has been married to Sandra Purdy since 1969. The couple has two sons together, Eric E. Osmond and Christian S. Osmond.
Which television and film roles did Ken Osmond Play?
He is best known for his iconic character as troublemaker Eddie Haskell on “Leave It to Beaver. This is a role he played during the show’ entre run from 1957-1963. He also reprised the role a few times over the years, including as part of the sitcom sequel “The New Leave It to Beaver” from 1985 to 1986, ‘Still the Beaver” on TBS from 1986 to 1987 and the 1997 film “Leave It to Beaver.”
He also has credits on “The Munsters” and “Happy Days.” Osmond later became a motorcycle officer with the Los Angeles Department. This was a dream of his since he was a child as he told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. He returned to acting as a game show participant/celebrity guest star on the Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.
Ken Osmond on Leave It to Beaver
Osmond played Eddie Haskell in the late 1950s to early 1960s television situation comedy. He also appeared on its revival series The New Leave It to Beaver. On this show, he played as a husband and father, while his character’s two sons, Freddie Haskell and Edward “Bomber” Haskell Jr., were played by Osmond’s two real-life sons, Eric Osmond and Christian Osmond, respectively.
What was the cause of Ken Osmond’s death?
Osmond died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral artery disease on May 18, 2020. His son Eris confirmed the news of his father’s death to the Hollywood Reporter. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.”
Osmond passed away at the age of 76 at his home in Los Angeles.
How Much is Ken Osmond Worth?
Through his acting career, Osmond has earned himself a great net worth. According to a reliable source, Osmond left behind an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.