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22nd annual Race To Erase MS

Jerry Mathers - Celebrities attend 22nd annual Race To Erase MS at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 24th April 2015

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The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade

Jerry Mathers - The 82nd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Hollywood Blvd - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 1st December 2013

Beaver Actor Dies At The Age Of 71: Frank Bank Leaves Behind A Large Family


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Frank Bank from the American sitcom 'Leave it to Beaver' has passed away at the age of 71 from causes as yet unreported.

The actor played the character of 16-year-old Clarence 'Lumpy' Rutherford in the 50s/ 60s show alongside Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers. Lumpy was the best friend of 'Beaver' Cleaver's brother Wally and was usually portrayed as a bully with very little brains and an excessive attachment to his father who he still calls 'daddy'. Bank passed away on April 13th 2013 in his hometown of Los Angeles, California and is survived by his wife Rebecca, their four daughters and five grandchildren.

Among his other TV acting roles were appearances in 'Ford Television Theatre', 'Bachelor Father' and a reprisal of Lumpy in 'Still the Beaver' in 1983. He also played a young Will Rogers in the 1952 film 'The Story of Will Rogers'. He retired from acting in the 70s and became a bond broker in Los Angeles before his 'Still the Beaver' reprisal. He has also published an autobiography with the lengthy title of 'Call Me Lumpy: My Leave it to Beaver Days and Other Wild Hollywood Life' which came out in 2007.

The 21st Annual Movieguide Awards held at the Universal Hilton Hotel

Jerry Mathers - The 21st Annual Movieguide Awards held at the Universal Hilton Hotel - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 15th February 2013

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Picture - Jerry Mathers , Tuesday 20th November 2012

Jerry Mathers Tuesday 20th November 2012 at the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures 'Hitchcock' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater - Arrivals.

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Picture - Jerry Mathers, , Tuesday 20th November 2012

Jerry Mathers - Jerry Mathers, Tuesday 20th November 2012 at the premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures' 'Hitchcock' at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Samuel Goldwyn Theater - Arrivals.

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Better Luck Tomorrow Review


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No parents appear in Justin Lin's penetrating debut Better Luck Tomorrow, presumably because their Asian-American kids - seemingly responsible and perfectionist students at the top of their class - have earned the right to nearly limitless freedom. Their absence, however, is persistently felt, as the very freedom these privileged and gifted kids enjoy is also a detrimental form of parental neglect. Left to their own devices, overachievers Ben (Parry Shen), Virgil (Jason J. Tobin), Han (Sung Kang), and Daric (Roger Fan) find that the only outlet for their increasing boredom and rampant egotism is to plunge themselves into a life of financially lucrative and dangerous hustling, theft, and drug dealing. Their cocky gambles turn them into kings of the high school castle, and as their crime spree assumes near mythic proportions - they soon become known as the "Chinese Mafia" - their sense of moral boundaries disappears like the dead body they've buried in a friend's backyard.

Lin's assured and electric tale of good kids gone bad might be just another run-of-the-mill exercise in flashy adolescent nihilism were it not for the cleverly atypical way in which he confronts the material. By setting his film in a nondescript affluent California neighborhood and focusing on Asian-American characters who have their lives totally under control, the director finds a new avenue into the rather tired realm of suburban exposes uncovering the angst and anger lying just beneath the communities' cheery and docile facades. Ben and his friends are, in some respects, stereotypical well-to-do Asian-American students: studious, motivated, passive, and anonymous amidst their predominantly white classmates. Their lives are dominated by the single-minded desire to get into a good college, and they all work furiously at participating in numerous extracurricular activities (working in hospitals, playing on the basketball team, competing on the academic decathlon team) to bolster their college applications. They're like well-oiled machines, robotically tearing through high school as if the only worthwhile goal in life is a perfect GPA and early acceptance to an Ivy League school, and their wholesomeness is humorously alluded to by Lin's use of Jerry Mathers (aka "The Beaver") as Ben's biology teacher.

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