Long before he landed the Ward Cleaver gig, Beaumont unwittingly studied for it. As a philosophy student, he obtained his master’s in theology at USC and became an ordained minister.
Afterward, he found Hollywood pay to be exceedingly better than what he could collect at his Sunday service. So, he decided to try his luck in Hollywood.
Fans of Ken Osmond Also Thought He Was John Holmes
Ken Osmond certainly was no John Holmes. Holmes was an adult film star from the 1970s. In fact, Ken Osmond stopped working as an actor in the late 1960s. He was an L.A.P.D. Officer during that era.
Far from Hollywood, yet patrolling nearby, he was on active duty when he was shot at three times. These were real injuries, not showbiz!
June Cleaver Had Something to Hide
Actress Barbara Billingsley wouldn’t be the same June Cleaver without the string of pearls she always wore.
But it was less about looking like June than a practical solution. She had a hollow indentation on her neck, and the necklace was the perfect solution to conceal it.
Tragedy Marked Hugh Beaumont’s Life
When Beaumont got the role of Ward, he decided to move his family out to Hollywood. He had been commuting from Minnesota, but a weekly series would require him to be in California.
When his wife, son, and mother-in-law were driving out west, a terrible crash killed his mother-in-law and badly injured his son. He said the tragic accident made work difficult, and as if he was just going through the motions.
Actor Frank Bank Took It to the Bank
Lumpy Rutherford was great as a dense bully, so it's surprising to learn that he became a successful banker later in life. He was a smart financial planner. He took his earnings and invested it, earning $300,000 per year.
Making a name for himself as a successful stockbroker, he managed the accounts of costars Dow, Mathers, and Billingsley.