Gee, Wally! It's been almost 60 years since "Leave It to Beaver" premiered in —and it's hard to believe that Jerry Mathers, who played little Theodore Cleaver, is turning 69 on June 2. According to Biography , when Mathers first auditioned for the show, he told producers that he'd rather be at his Cub Scout meeting than the audition. Later, the producers said his candid attitude helped him score the role and become forever known as "The Beaver. After the show ended in , Mathers went on to join the United States Air Force Reserve, graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, become a successful banker, and advocate for diabetes awareness—he was even the first male Jenny Craig spokesperson! Mathers even made his Broadway debut in the musical "Hairspray" as Wilbur Turnblad in
Wally Tony Dow , the eldest, and Theodore Jerry Mathers - better known as 'the Beaver' - came home daily with new troubles that their middle-class parents would help them solve. Click through for a look back, and to find out where all your favorite characters ended up. Then: Jerry Mathers Mathers was just 8 years old when he was cast in the title role that hundreds of kids were vying for. For one of his many auditions, he wore his Cub Scout uniform and told the casting crew that he was in a rush to get to his meeting. Apparently, that innocent demeanor is what set him apart and won him the role. Now: Jerry Mathers While playing 'the Beaver' in every one of the show's episodes, Mathers received worldwide recognition as the fun-loving young kid.
This Is What The 'Leave It To Beaver' Cast Looks Like 56 Years Later
Wally's worries that little brother Beaver will disrupt the first teen party held at the Cleaver's house are realized when, on the way to the Whitney's house for a sleepover, Beaver takes a dare from Beaver's friends Larry, Whitey and Gilbert climb a tree to secretly spy on their teacher, Miss Landers, when she has dinner at the Cleaver house. A package delivered to the Cleaver house from a high-end sports store seems to confirm Ward's suspicions that Wally and Beaver skipped school to buy expensive baseball mitts with piggy bank money
It's been 56 years since a cute little munchkin named Theodore entered our lives as "The Beaver" in an all-American show about suburban family life. The sitcom was so popular it spawned a television movie, "Still the Beaver," and a follow-up series, "The New Leave It To Beaver," which ran from to and featured the once-young characters as the older generation. Sadly, many of the original cast members are no longer with us. Hugh Beaumont, who played the stern but loving Ward Cleaver, died in at the age of