"Leave it to Beaver" is an iconic situation comedy, told from the perspective of Theodore "The Beaver" Cleaver, portrayed by Jerry Mathers.
The show also starred Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont as Beaver`s caring but somewhat clueless parents, June and Ward Cleaver, and Tony Dow as Beaver`s handsome older brother.
The sitcom also featured several standout minor characters:
Eddie Haskell: Wally`s conniving and ingratiating best friend.
Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford: Wally`s fat friend who loved giving Beaver "The business."
Gilbert Bates: The Beaver`s fair-weather friend.
Larry Mondello: Beaver`s good buddy who lived on the other side of the railroad tracks. In this idealized vision of the 1950`s, the bad part of town was still a swell place to live.
Frank Bank, who portrayed the Beaver`s nemesis, Lumpy, died Saturday a day after he turned 71. Lumpy didn`t like Beaver hanging around with him and Wally, and he did his best to get rid of the little brat. In today`s world Lumpy would be characterized as a bully, but he was an ineffectual and hapless bully.
I imagine that after a couple of years in purgatory, Lumpy will be allowed to enter the Pearly Gates, walk down the streets of gold and live in a nice house surrounded by a white picket fence.
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