LOS ANGELES – Ken Osmond, best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the TV comedy “Leave It to Beaver,” died Monday. He was 76.
Haskell died from complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and peripheral arterial disease at his Los Angeles home.
Osmond’s Eddie Haskell character appeared in the entire seven-year run of “Leave It to Beaver,” from 1957-63. Osmond reprised the role for the1983 series, “The New Leave It to Beaver,” joining his sons, Christian and Eric, who played his children. He also played Eddie Haskell in the 1997 film, “Leave It to Beaver.”
As a child actor, Osmond also had roles on “Lassie,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “Wagon Train,” “Fury” and “The Loretta Young Show.”
Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970, spending 18 years on the force. He was once shot by a suspected car thief and saved by a bulletproof vest.
Osmond also leaves his wife of more than 50 years.