Leave it to Beaver Cast: Then and Now
There’s always a particular show on television that describes the ideal American family, and long ago, it was ‘Leave it to Beaver’. The series was about a precocious boy, his family, and his friends. Do you know what Jerry Mathers did after the popular series ended? Do you remember the actors that played all his friends? Where are all of them now? Let’s find out!
HUGH BEAUMONT - WARD CLEAVER
Beaumont was the patriarch of the Cleaver family, and his background in religious studies made him perfect for the role. ‘Leave it to Beaver’ always delivered moral lessons for its audience, which was a huge plus for the actor. He made several guest appearances on other shows after this one ended. Due to health complications in the 70s, the actor took a step back from the limelight. Sadly, he passed away in 1982.
ROBERT 'RUSTY' STEVENS - LARRY MONDELLO
Stevens played the role of Beaver’s best friend, Larry, and he was often the source of many jokes. He loved to eat a lot and might have been the reason for Beaver getting in trouble most of the time. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘Storybook’ with Shirley Temple’ as well as the ‘Beaver’ sequel. ‘The New Leave it to Beaver’. Afterward, it seems like he retired from show business.
JERRY MATHERS - THEODORE “BEAVER” CLEAVER
Mathers played the titular role on the show, Beaver, who got often into trouble with his friends around the neighborhood. When the show ended, the actor decided to go to the University of California and focused on his studies. It wasn’t until 1977 that he appeared on the screen again in ‘The Love Boat’. He is still in touch with Tony Dow!
TONY DOW - WALLY CLEAVER
Beaver’s older brother, Wally, also got into trouble like the younger Cleaver son. However, this character was inspired by one of the writer’s sons. His best friend was Eddie Haskell. Meanwhile, Tony Dow also made several guest appearances after “Beaver”, but he eventually started working as a director behind the camera. Afterward, the former actor became a sculptor.
KEN OSMOND - EDDIE HASKELL
Ken Osmond played the role of Wally’s best friend, Eddie. He knew how to charm adults to his convenience. However, he was one of the most mischievous on the show. Meanwhile, Osmond was completed different, and he retired from show business after the series ended. He became a police officer in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Osmond passed away in May 2020 at the age of 76.
BARBARA BILLINGSLEY - JUNE CLEAVER
June Cleaver was once considered the best mom on television. The actress started her career in entertainment working as an extra and model, but eventually, she landed a spot at MGM Studios. Aside from ‘Leave it to Beaver’, she also appeared in the sequel as well as the 1997 movie version of the story. Meanwhile, Billingsley also worked on the film ‘Airplane’ and was the voice of a Muppet Baby. Sadly, she passed away in 2010 at the age of 94.
STANLEY FAFARA - WHITEY WHITNEY
Fafara had already worked on several commercials by the time he got the part of Whitey, who was also one of Beaver’s best buds. After the show ended, he went to high school and got cool to the band Paul Revere and the Raiders. This led him down the wrong path. The former actor would not recover from his problems until 1995 and luckily lived the rest of his days helping others with similar issues. Sadly, he died in 2003 at the age of 54.
STEPHEN TALBOT - GILBERT BATES
Stephen was the son of Lyle Talbot and played the role of Gilbert on the show. The character was another of Beaver’s friends. He also appeared in several other series such as ‘Lassie’, ‘Perry Mason’, ‘The Lucy Show’, and more. Afterward, the actor decided to work behind the camera as a reporter, producer, and documentary director. This led to a job with PBS’s ‘Frontline’, where he worked on the Bush-Clinton presidential race.
FRANK BANK - CLARENCE “LUMPY” RUTHERFORD
Bank played the role of Lumpy, another of Wally’s close friends. He is Fred Rutherford’s son and lived in the same neighborhood as the Cleavers. The character was originally a bully but eventually became better. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘Life with Archie’ and ‘The New Leave it to Beaver’. Sadly, he passed away in 2013 at the age of 71.
RICH CORRELL - RICHARD RICKOVER
Correll played a character with his same name, Richard, another close friend of Beaver. He started appearing in Season Three and becomes a recurring character afterward. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’, ‘Techno Twins’, and ‘The Girl Who Believes in Miracles’.
JERI WEIL - JUDY HENSLER
Judy Hensler was definitely not Beaver’s favorite person because she was the brainy one in class and often a tattle-tell. The character was written off the show in Season Four. Meanwhile, the actress appeared in ‘Lux Video Theater’ and ‘I Led 3 Lives’ before landing the part in this series. She also appeared in the sequel, ‘The New Leave it to Beaver’ but retired from acting afterward.
SUE RANDALL - MISS ALICE LANDERS
Miss Lancers was Beaver’s school teacher between Season Two and Season Four. She was always nice to every kid, and Beaver was infatuated. Meanwhile, the actress had several guest appearances in ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Bonanza’, ‘The Fugitive’, and ‘Gunsmoke’. Her last role was in one episode of ‘I Spy’, but she seemed to retire later. Sadly, Randall died in 1984 at the age of 49.
RICHARD DEACON - FRED RUTHERFORD
Deacon played the role of Fred Rutherford, Lumpy’s father and a co-worker of Ward Cleaver. However, ‘Leave it to Beaver’ is not his biggest role. The actor is best known for appearing as Mel Cooley on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ during the 60s. He also had an interest in cooking, hosted a Canadian show, and authored a book about using microwaves for all kinds of meals. Sadly, he passed away in 1984 at the age of 63.
TIGER FAFARA - TOOEY BROWN
Fafara played the role of Tooey Brown, one of Wally’s friends between Season One and Season Three. He is Stanley’s Fafara’s older brother. Meanwhile, the actor also appeared in ‘Storybook’ with Shirley Temple’ as well as ‘The New Leave it to Beaver’. His son is Dez Fafara, the heavy metal singer.
DORIS PACKER - MRS. CORNELIA RAYBURN
Packer was already a huge actress in the business by the time she played Cornelia Rayburn, the principal of Beaver’s school. The actress appeared on Broadway productions like ‘BackFire’, ‘Elizabeth the Queen’, and more. She landed a recurring part in ‘The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show’, Disney’s ‘Bon Voyage’, ‘Shampoo’ with Warren Beatty, and countless others. Sadly, she passed away in 1979 at the age of 74.
Seeing the changes in all the actors makes us really nostalgic, and maybe, younger generations want to see a show like that these days. Let us know which character was your favorite. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who loved watching this show, even on re-runs. See you next time!
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