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Frank Bank
Frank Bank

(1942-04-12)April 12, 1942
DiedApril 13, 2013(2013-04-13) (aged 71)
Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
Resting placeHillside Memorial Park Cemetery
  • 1950–1963
  • 1983–1989
  • 1997
Known forPortraying Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford in Leave It to Beaver, first on CBS and then on ABC
Marlene Kay Blau
(m. 1963; div. 1965)
Jeri Lynn Handelman
(m. 1966; div. 1982)
Rebecca Fink
(m. 1982)

Frank Bank (April 12, 1942 – April 13, 2013) was an American actor, particularly known for his role as Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the 1957–1963 situation comedy television series Leave It to Beaver.


Bank was cast in 50 episodes of Leave It to Beaver between January 24, 1958, until the series finale on May 30, 1963. Thereafter, he was cast as Clarence Rutherford in 101 episodes of the series sequel, The New Leave It to Beaver, which aired on cable television from 1985 to 1989.[1] Beginning in 1973, Bank became a bond broker in his native Los Angeles. His autobiography, Call Me Lumpy: My Leave It To Beaver Days and Other Wild Hollywood Life, was published in 1997.[2]

Bank died of cancer on April 13, 2013, in Rancho Mirage, California, one day after his 71st birthday. He was survived by his third wife, Rebecca, four daughters, and five grandchildren.[3] He is interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery in Culver City, California.[4][5][6]



Show Role Year(s)
Ford Television Theatre Clarence Miggs 1952
Father Knows Best High schooler 1956
Leave It to Beaver Lumpy Rutherford 1958-1963
Cimarron City Henry Purdy 1959
Bachelor Father Jim Estabrook 1962
87th Precinct Punk 1962
Life with Archie Archie 1962
Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour Himself 1983
The New Leave It to Beaver Lumpy Rutherford 1983-1989


Film Role Year
Cargo to Capetown 1950
The Story of Will Rogers Young Will Rogers 1952
Leave It to Beaver Frank 1997


  1. ^ "Frank Bank". IMDb. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Kenneally, Tim (April 15, 2013). "'Leave It to Beaver's' Lumpy Dead at 71". The Wrap. Retrieved November 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Woo, Elaine (April 15, 2013), "Frank Bank dies at 71; played 'Lumpy' on 'Leave It to Beaver'", Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Lang, Derrik J. (April 16, 2013). "'Leave It to Beaver' actor Frank Bank, who played Lumpy, dies at 71". Times Colonist. Victoria, BC. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 17, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2019.
  5. ^ Frank Bank, played Lumpy Rutherford on 'Leave It to Beaver,' dead at 71
  6. ^ 'Leave It to Beaver' actor Frank Bank dies at 71

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