Ken Osmond, ‘Leave It to Beaver’ star, dead at 76

Ken Osmond, who was best known for his role as Eddie Haskell on the comedy series “Leave It to Beaver,” has died, Fox News can confirm. He was 76.”He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father,” Osmond’s son Eric said in a statement obtained by Fox News on Monday. “He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.”Osmond died at his Los Angeles home on Monday, according to Variety. No other details about his death are currently known.COMIC ACTOR FRED WILLARD DEAD AT 86, FAMILY SAYS
Ken Osmond arrives at the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest: Rewind – “Leave It To Beaver” at The Paley Center for Media on June 21, 2010 in Beverly Hills, Calif. 
(Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)The Glendale, Calif., native started his career at age 9 in the movie “So Big,” Variety reported. He went on to appear in “Good Morning Miss Dove” and “Everything But the Truth,” “The Loretta Young Show,” “The Walter Winchell File,” “Fury,” “Lassie,” and “Wagon Train,” among others.The actor starred in “Leave It to Beaver” from 1957 to 1963. Osmond’s part as Haskell was only supposed to be a guest appearance, Variety reported, however, he did so well in his portrayal that he became a mainstay throughout the show’s six-season run.’LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE’ DIRECTOR LYNN SHELTON DEAD AT 54Following the series’ end, he reprised his role for the 1983 TV movie “Still the Beaver,” as well as the revival “The New Leave it to Beaver,” which ran from 1983 to 1989. According to Variety, his two real-life sons Eric and Christian played his sons in the ’80s series. And in 1997, Osmond portrayed Haskell one final time in the film “Leave It to Beaver.”
AUGUST 20: LEAVE IT TO BEAVER – gallery – 1960-61, Tony Dow (Wally), Ken Osmond (Eddie), Frank Bank (‘Lumpy’), Jerry Mathers (Beaver). 
(Walt Disney Television via Getty Images )In 1970, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department, according to the outlet. Ten years later, he was reportedly shot during a chase but was saved by his bulletproof vest. He retired in 1988.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAccording to Variety, Osmond is survived by his wife, Sandra, and his sons Christian and Eric.
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