Frank Bank, who died on April 13 at age 71, only had a brief acting career in the 1950s and early 1960s. Nevertheless, he made a powerful impression on boomers with his one major role - as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford, the hefty, dim-witted teenager who sometimes picked on young Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver, the popular sitcom that aired from 1957 to 1963. As Lumpy, Bank resonated with audiences because a certain childlike vulnerability peeked out from underneath his bullying bluster. Here he is, admitting to the Cleaver family that he can't affect a stylish hairstyle because "I got a funny-shaped head."
Barbara Billingsley, best known as the "ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom," June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, passed away on Saturday in her home at the age of 94. A family spokesperson says that Billingsley died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease. Her family says that she had been suffering from the illness and in poor health in recent years.
Search AARP Blogs