Here's What Happened to Frank Bank from 'Leave It to Beaver' after the Show Ended
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
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.
LEARNING ABOUT STOCK TRADING ON SET
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.
@peoplemag Sorry to hear that. He will be missed.— Heidi Noyes (@Heidi_Noyes1983) April 15, 2013
@peoplemag i just watch the show with lumpy on it.— wendy coleman (@wendyrose2) April 15, 2013
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.”
ANOTHER ACTOR BECAME AN ADVOCATE AGAINST DIABETES
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.”