When the hit sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” ended, Frank Bank made sporadic TV appearances and later became a stock-and-bond broker.
The former child actor earned $300,000 a year just three years after entering into this profession, as reported by PEOPLE.
While Bank was known for playing a clumsy bully in the series, he had a completely different personality in real life
Frank Bank at the Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills on June 21, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images
The actor, well-known for playing Lumpy Rutherford in “Leave It to Beaver,” died of cancer on April 13, 2013, a day after his 71st birthday.
As a stock-and-bond broker, Bank’s clients include Jerry Mathers and Barbara Billingsley, who worked with him in the sitcom.
“Frank is certainly brighter than Lumpy Rutherford, and a very good stockbroker,” Barbara, who played the matriarch June Cleaver in the sitcom, told PEOPLE in a previous interview.
Apparently, Bank spent his breaks on the “Beaver” set reading The Wall Street Journal, learning “everything there was to know about tax-free bonds.”
After the cancellation of the sitcom, Bank appeared on “The Hollywood Squares,” “Family Feud” and the 1983 TV movie “Still the Beaver,” which led to the creation of “The New Leave It to Beaver” series that ran for four years.
While Bank was known for playing a clumsy bully in the series, he had a completely different personality in real life.
During the years he starred on the sitcom, Bank lived a life of wine, women, and song, according to his autobiography “Call Me Lumpy.”
Bank was survived by his third wife, Rebecca, four daughters, and five grandchildren.
Another actor from the sitcom who went on to live a life away from the spotlight is Jerry Mathers. The actor is now working as an advocate for diabetes awareness and research.
He has said: “I kind of use ‘Leave It to Beaver’ as the worm on the hook; I go in and talk about the show and the characters and sign some autographs, but I always slip in a little bit about diabetes.”
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