Ken Osmond: Eddie Haskell to Los Angeles Motorcyle Policeman

Ken Osmond who will always be Eddie Haskell to Leave It To Beaver fans.

Kenneth Charles Osmond was born on June 7, 1943 in Glendale, California. Osmond made his first credited appearance in Screen Director’s Playhouse in 1955 at the age of twelve. He appeared in many television series and a couple of movies, until he got his big break in 1957.

Osmond was cast as Eddie Haskell in Leave It To Beaver, which debuted in 1957 and ran till 1963 on network television. Haskell had a penchant for talking Wally Cleaver into doing things, that he ordinarily wouldn’t do and wind up getting Wally in trouble.

Eddie would sweet talk Mrs. Cleaver, to try to get on her good side. He had little use for Beaver Cleaver and only tolerated him, while mostly detesting the Beaver.

 

Ken Osmond seen in his LA motorcycle cop outfit.

 

Osmond would be seen in Leave It To Beaver from 1957-1963. He would only appear only twelve times, in movies and television over the next 24 years. Originally, Osmond was supposed to appear as Eddie Haskell only once, but he made an impression on producers and became a regular member of the cast.

Then in 1983 The New Leave It To Beaver began a seven-year run, that ended in 1989. Osmond was seen in 96 episodes of the original Leave It To Beaver and was shown in 101 episodes of the New Leave It To Beaver series.

 

A more recent photo of Ken Osmond.

 

It was easy for Osmond to disguise his looks by growing a mustache, while on the Los Angeles police force. He worked a lot of his 18 years in the Central Traffic Division.

Osmond also served in the vice squad and was shot three times, while in the line of duty. He retired with a medical disability pension.

The fame of being on Leave It To Beaver typecast Osmond, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers. Their careers as actors were over for the most part, after being the iconic Eddie Haskell, Wally Cleaver and Beaver Cleaver.

The show can still be seen 50 years later on television and like the Andy Griffith Show it continues its popularity over 50 years later.

 

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Ken Osmond: Eddie Haskell to Los Angeles Motorcyle Policeman

  1. That is a great article. I didn’t know he became a police officer. His birthday is the same as my dads, but a year later. Thanks for posting this.

      • That seemed to happen a lot at the time. Too bad for him and the cast. I wonder if he enjoyed working for LAPD, it’s not easy to find work that you love.

  2. As far as I know none of the actors who acted as members of the Cleaver family acted that much after the show. Jerry Mathers as the Beaver was washed up as an actor at an early age for the most part. Barbara Billingsley didn’t act in another series until 8 years after Leave It To Beaver went off the air. Hugh Beaumont who played Ward Cleaver only was seen on television 15 times in the next 8 years after the end of the run for Leave It To Beaver. He never acted again from 1971 till he died in Germany at the age of 73 in 1982.

  3. I met Ken Osmond in a little Diner located in East LA. He was doing his cop gig at the time and was in full uniform. Yes, he had the mustache, but everyone knew he was Eddie Haskell. Great guy, he sat with us for over 2 hours and told us stories about his LITB years. He was still close to Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Frank Bank & mom Cleaver, Barbara Billingsly. I guess they would all get their families together around the holidays for a private get-together..

    • Eddie first appeared on the 5th show in Season 1 in this episode:

      S1, Ep5
      1 Nov. 1957 New Neighbors
      June sends Beaver with a welcome-to-the-neighborhood bouquet to new next-door neighbor Mrs. Donaldson; but when the little boy is rewarded with a kiss on his cheek, rascally Eddie Haskell warns that a jealous Mr. Donaldson will soon show up at Beaver’s door.

  4. I enjoyed reading your article as well as the comments on Ken Osmond. Leave It To Beaver was a little before my time, but I still think it’s the wisest and best show on TV. Ken’s character was important! How ironic that the “bad boy” became a cop. 🙂

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