'Leave it to Beaver' actor Frank Bank has died at aged 71 - cause of death has not yet been reported.
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.
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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