'Leave It to Beaver' actor Frank Bank dies at age 71
Frank Bank, who is known for his role as Lumpy on the 1950s series "Leave It To Beaver," has died at age 71.
The actor passed away on Saturday, April 13, one day after his 71st birthday, according to a spokesman for the Hillside Memorial Park in Los Angeles. No other details were given regarding the actor's cause of death.
Bank was known for his role as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford in the classic television series, which ran from 1957 to 1963. His character, who was sometimes referred to as the lovable bully, was often hanging out with Wally Cleaver -- pushing around the young "Beaver" Cleaver.
The actor reprised his famed role in the 1983 television movie, "Still the Beaver," and its corresponding television series, "The New Leave It to Beaver," which ran from 1983 to 1989.
"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," Jerry Mathers, who played "Beaver" on the series, Tweeted.
In 1950, Bank made his acting debut in the romance drama film, "Cargo to Capetown," where he played an uncredited part as a sailor who was washed overboard. He went on to take small parts in numerous television shows before nabbing his "Leave it to Beaver" gig.
The actor retired from acting in 1973 and attended UCLA. He eventually became a successful stockbroker, nabbing a number of celebrity clients -- including his former "Beaver" co-stars Mathers and Barbara Billingsley.
He also published his own autobiography, "Call Me Lumpy: My Leave It To Beaver Days and Other Wild Hollywood Life," in 1997. He talked about his love for wine, women and song, with one portion of the book detailing his "perpetual sexfest" in the 1960s, with the chapter beginning: "I have slept with over 1,000 women."
The actor is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and daughters Julie Bank, Kelly Lightner, Michelle Randall and Joanne Littman.
(Pictured above: The cast of "Leave It To Beaver" pose for a photo as they are reunited in Santa Monica, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show. Seated (L to R): Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Tony Dow. Standing (L to R): Frank Bank and Ken Osmond. / Frank Bank appears in a photo from the 1950s television series "Leave it to Beaver.")