Ken Osmond of 'Leave It to Beaver' Dies at Age 76 – Remembering His Legacy
Ken Osmond, who was best known for "Leave it to Beaver," has passed on at age 76.
Hollywood was thrown into mourning after the death of one of its iconic stars, Ken Osmond, was announced on May 18.
While the cause of his death remains unknown, insiders informed Variety that the actor died at his Los Angeles home surrounded by family members. In a statement obtained by Closer Weekly, Ken's son, Eric, made it known that:
"He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father. He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed."
Ken, who grew up in California alongside his parents and brother, started his Hollywood career at an early age. He landed his first speaking part at the age of 9 in the 1953 film, "So Big."
He soon began making appearances in other projects like "Good Morning Miss Dove," "Everything but the Truth, "Lassie," "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," and "Wagon Train."
In the '80s, the late actor tried his hands at making a comeback with a cable-revived version of "Leave It to Beaver" known as "The New Leave It to Beaver."
It wasn't until he appeared on the hit comedy series, "Leave it to Beaver" at age fourteen that the actor became known to many.
According to People, the show followed Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver and his experiences at home, school, and around his neighborhood.
After the show wrapped up in 1963, Ken managed to feature on a few TV series that came his way on comedy shows like "The Munsters" and "Petticoat Junction."
The show also featured Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow, Frank Bank, and Jerry Mathers from the original '50s cast.