Hugh Beaumont

Mostly Credited As: Hugh Beaumont
Birth Name: Eugene Hugh Beaumont
Date Of Birth: February 16, 1909 (Age 73)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Lawrence, Kansas
Date Of Death: May 14, 1982
Cause Of Death: Heart attack (Munich, Germany)
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Hugh Beaumont

The man forever remembered as “Ward Cleaver” was born Eugene Hugh Beaumont in Lawrence, Kansas, on February 16, 1909 to parents Ethel A. and Edward H. Beaumont. After graduating from high school, he played football at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His life then took him in a direction many fans may not have expected. Continuing his education, Beaumont graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1946, from the University of Southern California, and was soon ordained a Methodist minister. While in college he met and married his wife of 40 years, Kathryn Adams, an actress who appeared in films like Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur. During their life together they raised 3 children.

Beaumont began his career in show business in his 20's by performing in theaters, nightclubs and radio throughout the 1930's. He started his film career in 1940, mostly consisting of uncredited bit roles. In 1957 he earned a part that would make him a household name, suburban dad "Ward Cleaver" on the popular television series Leave It To Beaver. While working on the show he also expanded his repertoire by working not just as an actor, but also a writer and director on several episodes. After the show ended in 1963, he continued to work in television making appearances on Lassie, Petticoat Junction, Mannix and many others before quietly moving into semi-retirement in Minnesota to become a Christmas tree farmer.

In 1972 Beaumont suffered a stroke that forced him to give up acting entirely. His final TV appearance had been on The Most Deadly Game in 1971. Then sadly, in May of 1982, while visiting his son in Munich, Germany, Hugh Beaumont died after suffering a heart attack.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Leave It to Beaver (1957)As: Ward Cleaver
Episode Cast Credits 

The Most Deadly Game (1970) 
  The Classic Burial Position 01x10: (Jan/02/1971) As Dr. Dominick 

Medical Center (US) (1969) 
  Death Grip 02x08: (Nov/04/1970) As Dr. Simpson 

Mannix (1967) 
  The Mouse That Died 04x05: (Oct/17/1970) As Mr. Hammond, [Co-Guest Stars]
  War of Nerves 03x24: (Mar/14/1970) As Mr. Calder, [Co-Guest Stars]
  To the Swiftest, Death 02x04: (Oct/19/1968) As Frank Abbott ("Also Starring") 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Nora 07x12: (Dec/11/1968) As Major James Carlton 
  With Help from Ulysses 06x18: (Jan/17/1968) As Charles Martin 
  The Girl on the Glass Mountain 05x14: (Dec/28/1966) As Maguire 

Petticoat Junction (1963) 
  With This Gown I Thee Wed 05x09: (Nov/04/1967) As Mr. Donald Elliott 
  Meet the In-Laws 05x08: (Oct/28/1967) As Mr. Donald Elliott 
  Every Bachelor Should Have a Family 03x31: (Apr/19/1966) As Ronnie Beckman 

Lassie (US) (1954) 
  Cradle of the Deep 12x21: (Feb/06/1966) As Jim 
  The Well 01x24: (Feb/20/1955) As Mr. Saunders 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Pearlie Garnet Story 07x23: (Feb/24/1964) As Jed Halick, [Special Guest Stars]

Tales of Wells Fargo (1957) 
  Jesse James 01x13: (Jul/01/1957) As Jesse James 

The Loretta Young Show (1953) 
  Take Care of My Child 04x11: (Nov/04/1956) As Chris Palmer 
  But for God's Grace 03x29: (Apr/01/1956) As Jack 
  Man in the Ring 03x15: (Dec/11/1955) As Arnie 
  Dateline - Korea 02x28: (Mar/13/1955) As Reverend Bell 

Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951) 
  Web of Circumstance 05x24: (Mar/09/1956) As Tom Sutton 
  Vacation for Ginny 02x37: (May/15/1953) As John Harris 
  Guardians of the Clock 02x21: (Jan/23/1953) As guest star 

Cavalcade of America (1952) 
  The Boy Who Walked to America 04x12: (Jan/03/1956) As guest star 
  A Time for Courage 04x01: (Sep/13/1955) As Coach 
  The Paper Sword 02x27: (Apr/27/1954) As Lewis Graham 

My Friend Flicka (1956) 
  One Man's Horse 01x01: (Sep/30/1955) As Simmons 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  The Touch of Steel 04x27: (May/01/1955) As Colonel Lander 
  Martha Custis Washington 04x18: (Feb/20/1955) As Richard Chamberlayne 

Public Defender (1954) 
  A Knowledge of Astronomy 02x27: (Mar/03/1955) As Ed McGrath 

Climax! (1954) 
  The Leaf Out of the Book 01x14: (Feb/03/1955) As guest star 

Studio 57 (1954) 
  Trap Mates 01x03: (Oct/05/1954) As Unknown 

The Lux Video Theatre (1950) 
  Call Me Mrs. 04x25: (Mar/11/1954) As George 

City Detective (1953) 
  The Blonde Orchid 01x21: (1954) As Phillip Merriam 

Adventures of Superman (1952) 
  The Big Squeeze 02x02: (Sep/25/1953) As Dan Grayson 

The Ford Television Theatre (1952) 
  The Trestle 01x37: (Jun/11/1953) As Sheriff Burns 

Racket Squad (1951) 
  The Case of the Dancing Lady 03x18: (Feb/12/1953) As Timothy Morgan 

Hopalong Cassidy (1952) 
  The Feud 01x05: (Oct/28/1952) As Frank Scofield 

Dangerous Assignment (1951) 
  The Assassin Ring Story 01x30: (1951) As Kane 
  The Piece of String Story 01x19: (1951) As Dean 
  The Manager Story 01x05: (1951) As Saunders 

Little Rascals (1927) 
  Good Bad Boys 19x01: (Sep/07/1940) As Judge's Assistant 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Episode Crew

Leave It to Beaver (1957) (Credited in 25 episodes from this show) 
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Family Scrapbook 06x39 Jun/20/1963 As: Director
Beaver Sees America 06x37 Jun/06/1963 As: Director
Beaver's Graduation 06x34 May/16/1963 As: Director
Don Juan Beaver 06x32 May/02/1963 As: Director
The Book Report 06x30 Apr/18/1963 As: Director
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Jimmy Neutron's dad is named after him.

Beaumont's character "Ward Cleaver" on Leave It to Beaver was ranked #28 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" in 2004.

Hugh was an ordained Methodist minister.

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