Saturday, April 13, 2013

RIP Frank Bank

Leave It to Beaver: Frank Bank Dies; So Long Lumpy Rutherford

Actor Frank Bank died this morning Saturday April 13th, one day after he turned 71. Today is his friend and former co-star Tony Dow’s 68th birthday.

Bank was primarily known for his role as Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford on the Leave It to Beaver sitcom in the 1950s and 60s. He reprised his role as Wally Cleaver’s friend in the Still the Beaver TV movie and the 1980s sequel series, The New Leave It to Beaver, joining most of the original sitcom’s surviving cast.

Bank made a brief cameo in the 1997 film Leave It to Beaver as “Frank.”

In addition to Beaver, Bank appeared on several 1950s and 60s TV shows and also played comic book character Archie Andrews in the Life with Archie TV movie in 1962.

His autobiography, Call Me Lumpy: My Leave It To Beaver Days and Other Wild Hollywood Life, was published in 2002 and was currently a bond broker in Los Angeles.

BANK, Frank
Born: 4/12/1942, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/13/2013, Los Angeles, California., U.S.A.

Frank Bank’s western – actor:
Cimarron City (TV) – 1959 (Henry Purdy)

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