Frank Bank

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.

Frank Bank
Frank Bank

(1942-04-12)April 12, 1942
DiedApril 13, 2013(2013-04-13) (aged 71)
Cause of deathCancer
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

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. 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



  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.

Further reading

  • Bank, Frank; Gib Twyman (July 1, 1997). Call Me Lumpy. Lenexa, KS: Addax. ISBN 978-1461604235.
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