Actor Ken Osmond, best known around the world as the precocious character Eddie Haskell on classic TV sitcom, Leave It to Beaver, has died this morning. He was 76 years old. The cause of death is currently unknown.
“He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” Haskell’s son Eric told Variety. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.” Leave It to Beaver was an enormously popular show that ran between 1957 through 1963. The show only ended because the lead character, Beaver, was set to leave the family home for college. Osmond revived the Eddie Haskell character in the 1980s, starring in made-for-TV movie Still the Beaver in 1983 and for the revival series The New Leave it to Beaver.
Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970 (he grew a mustache to be less recognizable). In 1980, Osmond was shot five times during a chase with a suspected car thief, but he was saved by a bulletproof vest. He was put on disability and retired from the force in 1988.