Updated: August 10, 2011
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER PHOTO GALLERY #02
Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver
Hugh Beaumont as Ward Cleaver
Jerry Mathers as Beaver (Theodore) Cleaver
Tony Dow as Wally Cleaver
Ken Osmond as Eddie Haskell
Diane Brewster as Miss Canfield (1957-1958)
Sue Randall as Miss Landers (1958-1962)
Rusty Stevens as Larry Mondello (1958-1960)
Stanley Fafara as Whitey Whitney
Frank Bank as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford (1958-1963)
Richard Deacon as Mr. Fred Rutherford
Stephen Talbot as Gilbert Bates (1959-1963)
Richard Correll as Richard (1960-1963)
Madge Blake as Mrs. Mondello
Doris Packer as Mrs. Rayburn
Tiger Fafara as Tooey
Burt Mustin as Gus, the Fireman
Buddy Hart as Chester
Cheryl Holdridge as Julie Foster (1960-1963)
Jeri Weil as Judy Hensler
This family comedy focused on life through the eyes of a young boy. Beaver
Cleaver was 7 when the series began, and his brother Wally, 12. Beaver was a
typically rambunctious youth, more interested in pet frogs than in girls, but
Wally, just entering his teens, was beginning to discover other things in life.
The counterpoint between the two, plus some good writing and acting, lent the
series its charm. The boys' parents, June and Ward Cleaver were one of those
nice, middle-class couples so often seen in this kind of program. Larry, Whitey,
and Gilbert (among others) were Beaver's pals. Eddie and Lumpy were Wally's
buddies. Eddie was one of the more memorable characters, unctuous and oily to
adults ("Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver"), but a bully to little kids--a
thoroughgoing rat. Miss Canfield and Miss Landers were Beaver's school teachers.
The locale was the suburban town of Mayfield where Ward worked for Mr.
Rutherford (Lumpy's father) as an accountant.
As the years passed and Beaver got older, the stories naturally moved away from
the little-boy premise until, in the final season, Beaver was about to enter his
teens and Wally was ready for college.
In 1987, in the midst of a Leave It to Beaver revival, the original 1957 pilot
for the series surfaced, containing a somewhat different cast than most people
remembered. Billingsley and Mathers were there, but Ward Cleaver was played by
Casey Adams, Wally by Paul Sullivan, and "Frankie"--the Eddie Haskell-type
character-by Harry Shearer, who years later would become a regular on Saturday
Night Live. For the further adventures of the Cleaver clan in the '80s, see The
New Leave It to Beaver.