Whatever happened to Lumpy Rutherford? 8 characters post-Beaver

Beaver's pals were alive and kickin' long after the series ended.

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Characters are believable when we can picture them offscreen. The most legendary TV characters are ones who still exist, in our minds, when the cameras are off. It's easy to picture Archie in his chair when we're not looking. He's one of the best-written characters of all time, so we believe he has a full life, even when it's not shown onscreen.

So believable were the characters of Leave It to Beaver that the creators resurrected the series decades after it ended. Beaver's cultural significance grew and grew until finally, the audience could revisit the Cleaver family with a made-for-TV movie sequel, which was followed by a new series. Together, Still The Beaver and The New Leave It to Beaver create a sometimes-contradictory map of the characters' lives.  

While we've written in the past about the actors' lives after Leave It to Beaver, this list is devoted to the lives of the characters. Because whatever happened to Beaver and co.?

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1. Lumpy Rutherford

 

Not much changes for Lumpy. Instead of an oaf in school, he's an oaf at work. Predictably, Lumpy doesn't make much of a name for himself and relies on his father for his job.

2. Gilbert Bates

 

Gilbert Bates grows up to be a trendy psychologist. That much is confirmed. But, that all goes unseen, as actor Stephen Talbot refused to return for the reunion series. Following the newer show's cancellation, Talbot was very clear about not holding it in high regard.

3. Ricky Rickover

 

This'll put a smile on your face: Actor Richard Correll, who played Ricky Rickover, was actually Jerry Mathers' best friend growing up. Correll returned to acting after a 20-year absence, where he focused on directing. Ricky Rickover grew up to be an executive headhunter!

4. Larry Mondello

 

Larry and Beaver always had an on-again, off-again relationship. They'd fight, but when the dust settled, these guys were on the same team. Robert "Rusty" Stevens returned for the reunion series. Larry grows up to be a bearded member of an Eastern religious sect. Fun!

5. The Beav

 

Beaver Cleaver grew up to be a divorced dad of two. His sons, Corey and Oliver, give him many of the same headaches that used to plague Ward. Fun fact: Corey Cleaver is played (in the movie) by Corey Feldman! Corey's name is changed to Kip for the series. Beaver is an office worker employed by Fred Rutherford, Lumpy's dad.

6. Eddie Haskell

 

Ken Osmond returns to bring us more of our favorite twerp, who is now married to Gertrude. Together they have two sons, Freddie and Edward Jr., played by Osmond's real-life sons. Eddie runs a contracting company and is still a big fan of Woody Woodpecker.

7. June Cleaver

 

June is now a widow. She lives in the same house at 211 Pine Street and welcomes recently-divorced Beaver and his two sons back into the home. June is a member of the Mayfield City Council. Wally and his kids live right next door!

8. Ward Cleaver

 

Unfortunately, because actor Hugh Beaumont passed away in 1982, he was unable to join his former castmates for the reunion projects. As such, the character Ward is written to have died in 1977. At the time, Ward would have been 67. Christopher McDonald (Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore) plays Ward in the 1997 film adaptation. 

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17 Comments

BorisK 9 months ago
Actually Richard Correll opened a memorabilia museum on Hollywood Blvd. that is full of reconstructed (not original) movie props (which he claims are originals, but they certainly are not). Same old Richard!
CoreyC 9 months ago
Kip was a nickname for the Beaver's older son Ward Cleaver Jr.
EddieHaskel CoreyC 9 months ago
Perhaps. That was a little muddled - At the end of the 1983 CBS TV reunion movie, Ward and Mary Ellen are shown bringing home a newborn baby and you hear him called Ward in passing.
Beaver's oldest son in the 1983 CBS TV reunion movie was named Corey (played by Corey Feldman), and his name changed to Kip in the series since actor Kipp Marcus replaced Corey Feldman. Beaver's youngest son was Oliver.
Meanwhile, that baby of Wally's and Mary Ellen's at end of TV movie that was briefly called Ward, disappeared and was replaced in the series, with Wally and Mary Ellen suddenly shown to have a daughter in elementary school - her name is Kelly. Later on they have a son and call him Kevin.
Supposedly it was written in some wrier/production notes that Kip's official name is Ward, but I don't believe that is ever noted in any of the shows - I could be wrong.
ncadams27 9 months ago
5. As I recall in the series (and I haven’t seen it in a while), Beaver worked for Lumpy at his father’s old firm. He might have worked for Fred in the reunion movie.
EddieHaskel ncadams27 9 months ago
You are close - In the 1983 CBS TV reunion movie and in the first coupla episodes of the 1984 TV series on Disney Channel also called Still the Beaver, Lumpy's father Fred ran the firm where he and Ward previously worked. Since Richard Deacon died between the movie and the series, they quickly faded out the character of Mr. Rutherford after having a replacement actor in the role just to make the transition - Lumpy and Beaver became partners in a new firm of their own for the next 3 1/2 seasons of the series.
ncadams27 EddieHaskel 9 months ago
I can imagine their receptionist-
“Lumpy Beaver, how may I direct your call?”
harlow1313 9 months ago
Hugh Beaumont died at age 67!? Mercy sakes, I'm 67. Sigh...
EddieHaskel harlow1313 9 months ago
No, he was 73, and had a stroke several years earlier but had made a decent recovery from that
harlow1313 EddieHaskel 9 months ago
Thanks. I was careless in my reading of #8. I have six more years!
Andybandit 9 months ago
I like when they say what happened to characters or actors and actresses on the different shows.
LoveMETV22 9 months ago
1. Lumpy Rutherford
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Runeshaper 9 months ago
I always like to imagine that certain characters continue their lives, even after a series or movie ends. This was a very cool and creative article, MeTV (-:
MrsPhilHarris Runeshaper 9 months ago
I’ve done that too.
Runeshaper 9 months ago
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CoreyC daDoctah 9 months ago
The Tabitha spinoff had a lot of problems:
It was non canon since Tabitha should have been a teenager/
Adam Tabitha's brother is older and a mortal where in Bewitched Adam was the baby brother and was a warlock.
Elizabeth Montgomery hated the spinoff.
EddieHaskel Runeshaper 9 months ago
It's not "creative" -- this is all what happened to the characters as shown in the 1980s TV reunion movie Still the Beaver and the four-season series The New Leave it to Beaver. Here's a link to the reunion movie that I saved and posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zOKThV9KZI&t=2s
EddieHaskel Runeshaper 9 months ago
Great to see the 1980s TV reunion movie Still the Beaver and the four-season series The New Leave it to Beaver finally get some overdue acknowledgement here.
FYI, some minor errors and omissions:
This article says "Gilbert Bates grows up to be a trendy psychologist," but that was Richard, not Gilbert. This incorrectly says "Ricky Rickover grew up to be an executive headhunter!" It was Whitey who grew up to be a head hunter.
It also says that "Eddie and Gertrude have two sons, Freddie and Edward Jr. Actually, Eddie's oldest son was called Eddie Jr. in the CBS reunion movie and his name was changed to Freddie for the 1984-89 revival series. Their younger son Christian Osmond showed up in much later episodes as the Haskell's younger son nicknamed Bomber.
Although the article also mentions other things from the series, it only mentions Beaver's son Corey from the TV movie but omits the changed name of his oldest son Kip in the series and omits mention of Wally's daughter Kelly, also in most of the 101 episodes of the series.
Also worth noting is Mary Ellen, who grew up to marry Wally, who became a lawyer. And Beaver and Lumpy both worked for Fred Rutherford before become partners in their own firm.
EddieHaskel Runeshaper 9 months ago
BTW, other notable things that became of the Mayfield clan in the TV movie and series:
Mary Ellen grew up to marry Wally, who became a lawyer. They had a daughter named Kelly and later a son called Kevin.
Beaver and Lumpy both worked for Fred Rutherford before becoming partners in their own firm.
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