Frank Bank

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Frank Bank
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Frank Bank

(1942-04-12)April 12, 1942
DiedApril 13, 2013(2013-04-13) (aged 71)
OccupationActor (1950–1989) and bond broker (after 1973)
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; his death 2013)
ChildrenTwo daughters with Jeri. Two stepdaughters with Rebecca

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 fifty 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, California. 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]

Television roles[edit]

  • Ford Television Theatre as Clarence Miggs in "Life, Liberty and Orrin Dooley" (NBC, 1952)
  • Father Knows Best as unnamed high school student (uncredited) in "The Persistent Guest" (March,1956)
  • Leave It to Beaver as Clarence Rutherford (CBS, ABC, 1958–1963)
  • Cimarron City as Henry Purdy (uncredited) in "The Bitter Lesson" (NBC, 1959)
  • Bachelor Father (1962) as Jim Estabrook in "The Twain Shall Meet" (ABC, 1962)
  • 87th Precinct as Punk (uncredited) in "Idol in the Dust" (NBC, 1962)
  • Life with Archie as Archie (unsold pilot, 1962)
  • The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour as himself (December 1983)
  • Still the Beaver (CBS-TV film), subsequently known as The New Leave It to Beaver (1983–1989) – Clarence Rutherford[1]Father Knows Best-1956-uncredited...



  1. ^ a b c "Frank Bank". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "'Leave It to Beaver's' Lumpy Dead at 71". The Wrap. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Woo, Elaine (April 15, 2013), "Frank Bank dies at 71; played 'Lumpy' on 'Leave It to Beaver'", The Los Angeles Times
  4. ^ Times Colonist

Further reading[edit]

  • Bank, Frank; Twyman, Gib (1997). Call Me Lumpy. Lenexa, KS: Addax. ISBN 1-886110-29-8.

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