‘Leave It To Beaver’ Actor Frank Bank Dies At 71

Mon, April 15, 2013 12:23pm EST by 3 Comments
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Frank Bank, who played the clumsy bully Clarence ‘Lumpy’ Rutherford on the popular 1950’s show ‘Leave It To Beaver’ has died at 71 years old on April 13. So sad.

The actor Frank Bank died on April 13, one day after his 71st birthday. Frank was most famous for playing the bully Lumpy on the hit show Leave It To Beaver, which ran from 1957 to 1963. No cause of death was reported.

Frank Bank Dies At 71 Years Old

Frank died on April 13, reports PEOPLE magazine. He is survived by his wife Rebecca, and his two daughters from his first marriage.

“I was so sad to hear today of the passing of my dear friend and business associate Frank Bank, who played Lumpy on Leave it to Beaver,” wrote Frank’s co-star Jerry Mathers on Facebook. “He was a character and always kept us laughing. My deepest condolences to Frank’s family.”

Frank’s autobiography, Call Me Lumpy: My Leave It To Beaver Days and Other Wild Hollywood Life, was published in 2002.

Frank Bank’s Life After His Acting Career

Following Frank’s success in acting, he began to work as a bond broker. He read The Wall Street Journal during breaks on the Beaver set, where he taught himself “everything there was to know about tax-free bonds.” He earned more than $300,000 per year within three years of opening a firm.

Frank was known to be a womanizer at the height of his fame, until he found love with his second wife Rebecca.

“We met at a party and fell in love,” she told PEOPLE in 1981.

Our thoughts go out to Frank’s wife and family.

What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Are you sad to hear of Frank’s death?

WATCH: Frank Bank On ‘Leave It To Beaver’

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Posted at 6:22 AM on April 16, 2013  

So sad to hear.

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Posted at 6:52 PM on April 15, 2013  

another tragedy!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 12:52 PM on April 15, 2013  

Oh wow. This is so sad. Frank was a great actor, I watch Leave It To Beaver all of the time still and my dad did when he was growing up. Rest in peace, Frank.

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