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.
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.
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.