In the annals of Hollywood history, there is a long list of men and women who have served long enough in the industry to become one of its icons, one of those people is Kenneth Charles Osmond, more popularly known as Ken Osmond. He was an active member of the industry for 44 years between 1953 and 1997 during which he made his name playing the character, Eddie Haskell in the show, Leave It to Beaver.
Ken Osmond’s life’s work was not only limited to the entertainment industry, where he starred in a total of 32 movies and TV shows during the course of his career, but he also worked outside of it, as a police officer for eighteen years between 1970 and 1988.
Here, we explore everything else you need to know about him, including his journey as a policeman and an actor.
Kenneth Charles Osmond started life on the 7th of June, 1943 as the child of a very modest family that consisted of a father who was a carpenter and a mother who was a homemaker. His career as an actor came from his mother’s influence as she had always harboured the desire to see her children appear onscreen as actors.
Little is known of his academic history but right from the age of four, Ken Osmond began to attend auditions along with his brother and began to feature in TV commercials.
In further pursuit of his mother’s dream, Ken and his brother were both enrolled in acting classes where he studied different aspects of the profession, including martial arts, drama, diction, and dance.
His growth beyond commercials began with featuring in movies as an extra, appearing on films like Plymouth Adventure. His early speaking role in a film came in So Big when he was nine years of age, and he continued his organic development in films as he grew older.
When he was a teenager, specifically at the age of 14, Ken Osmond was cast in the role that would make him into a national star and eventually, a Hollywood icon; he was cast as Eddie Haskell in Leave It to Beaver, a comedy show that ran for six years. He reprised the role in other spin-off shows like The New Leave It to Beaver, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Still the Beaver and Hi Honey, I’m Home.
He played the senior version of the role in 1997, in the film, Leave It to Beaver.
Aside from his success with Leave It to Beaver, Ken Osmond appeared in other projects like Rags to Riches, Happy Days, The Munsters and several others, to record 32 credits to his name as an actor over the course of his career.
Outside of acting, Ken Osmond worked for eighteen years as a police officer for the LAPD. During his time with the LAPD, he was shot with five bullets during a chase but was protected with his bulletproof vest. He retired from the LAPD in 1988.
Ken Osmond’s Net Worth
Ken Osmond’s acting career lasted four decades and he also concurrently served eighteen years as a policeman, both of which have contributed to a modest net worth of $3 million for the actor.
Significant contributions to his net worth come from his iconic role as Eddie Haskell in Leave It to Beaver and most recently, from his work as a handler for rental properties in Los Angeles County.
Family – Wife And Children
Ken Osmond’s unique story as an actor continues with the fact that over the course of four decades as an actor, he has only ever been married once, a rare feat in an industry known for its high turnover of marriages.
Ken got married to his wife, Sandra Purdy, sometime in 1969 and they have been married ever since, giving birth to two children, two sons named Eric E. Osmond and Christian S. Osmond, both of which were born on October 8, 1971, and June 12, 1974, respectively.
Ken Osmond and his family currently reside in Los Angeles.
Where Is He Now?
At the moment, Ken Osmond appears to have retreated from public life, choosing instead to live the rest of his days with his family. The most recent appearance in a film or TV show for the actor was in 2016 when he played the character, Daniel in the film, CHARACTERz.
He is also known to be the celebrity spokesman of St. Joseph Aspirin and he makes occasional appearances at conventions and film festivals.
If Ken Osmond will one day take a break from his life outside the film industry and return to the screen remains a mystery but so far, the former actor/policeman appears to be living a full and satisfactory life.