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Classic Hollywood: 'Leave It to Beaver'

June 30, 2010

The beloved family sitcom that will forever live in reruns is out this week on DVD. The actors who played Wally, Beaver Cleaver, Lumpy and Eddie recall it fondly.

Jerry Mathers doesn't want to give anyone the wrong impression; he loved working as a child actor. But he didn't like the audition process. So when it came time for one of his last interviews for the role of the irrepressible Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver on the beloved sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," he told the producers that he'd rather be at his first Cub Scout meeting.

The show's creators and producers, Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher, were impressed that he wanted to be a real kid — in fact, Mathers says that was the clincher that got him hired. Read More