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TV URBAN LEGEND: The actor who played Eddie Haskel went into adult films (sometimes the legend is more specific and it is that the actor who played Eddie Haskel changed his name to John Holmes and started doing adult films)
The TV series Leave it to Beaver was a charming sitcom that ran for six seasons in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
It featured the Cleavers, a husband and wife (Ward and June) and their two sons, Wally and Theodore, who is better known by his nickname “Beaver.”
Overall, it was a cute show, if predictable at times. However, one character stood out, the supporting character Eddie Haskell, played by teen actor Ken Osmond.
Eddie was practically an archetype in and of himself – he was a total wise guy who put on a choir boy routine whenever he was around parents, a regular wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Anyhow, a persistent rumor over the years was that Osmond, who was not seen much after the shoe ended, began working in adult films.
An alternative rumor was that not only did he go into adult films, but that he took the stage name “John Holmes.” John Holmes was a very famous adult film star of the 1970s (and 1980s, to a certain extent). People tend to love those “Did you know that ‘famous controversial person X’ was really child actor Y?” things.
As noted in this legend, the concept of a child actor doing porn is not ludicrous. But is it true in this instance?
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