My good friend, Frank Bank


Frank Bank









Here is my good friend Frank Bank in a clip from Leave it to Beaver.  Even though he played a lovable oaf on the show, in real life he was a very bright and terrific actor.  He was also a successful licensed financial adviser.   He will be missed…

48 Responses to My good friend, Frank Bank

  • Cindy Fitzharris says:

    I grew up watching the show every day after school. The other night I found it on a channel at 10pm. 2 episodes every night.

  • PALMA says:


  • LOOOVE your show…I have bought all the “Beavers” for my grandchildren, who are German/ American and live in Germany. I wanted them to know what it was like to grow up in the 50’s…I am your age Jerry…so I count you as very special! God’s Blessings, Dorena PS:I know that Tony Dow is and Hugh Beaumont was a Christian…I hope you are too! I want to meet you in Heaven along with them!! <3

  • Dave Medders says:

    If we could just have innocent shows like that all over television versus what’s here today.
    A couple are still clean, but nothing like the Beaver.
    Glad to see you’re doing good things in people’s lives.
    May the blessings of the LORD go with you in all your endeavors.

  • I’m shock to hear of Lumpy passing, I grew up watching Leave it to Beaver, I’m now 63 yrs. I know in my heart all the folks on the T V show were great folks and I know we all will die but I’m never ready for that . God bless you Lumpy
    Now your with God and suffer no more. God be with you Beaver and Tony. My Lumpy RIP

  • Carol Richane says:

    I still remember how much I loved watching your show back in the early 1970’s when I was just 5 or 6 years old. It used to come on in the mornings and Iater the afternoons and I tried not to ever miss a show. My mom and dad are close to Wally’s age so it gave me some idea of what their teen years were like. My mom always thought those old 50’s shows were “silly” and she said she didn’t remember the 50’s as being “that way” I have to laugh because when I think of shows like “That 70’s Show,” I tend to think the same way. I grew up watching 50’s, 60’s tv show reruns.

  • Joy Lynn says:

    Wow clip of Frank Bank Lumpy….have always loved the show so much. My sis and I are both in our 50’s now and still
    watch it on retro tv and on DVD. Hugs !!!

  • Katherine Bacon says:

    I know that I have mentioned that I have all 234 Leave it to Beaver Episodes. You have definitely been an inspiration to me growing up and dealing with a somewhat disfunctional family through the years. I would always find such comfort in every episode and sometimes wish that I was in your family and able to hang out with your friends. One of my wishes was to meet you in person someday. Although that has not happened, I still am faithful and you will remain a blessing not only in my life, but in my heart as well, as will all the Leave it to Beaver family. It was indeed sad to hear of Frank’s passing. Know though that he is in a wonderful place with those that have gone before him. I am actually getting ready to watch Leave it to Beaver here in about 15 minutes. The show is aired here in Tacoma, Washington weeknights at 8:00 and then again at 8:30 on channel 116. I love the show and I love you Jerry. Thank you for giving me so much happiness over the years, and continuing to do so. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, 4 beautiful daughters, 1 handsome son, and 4 delightful grandchildren. I am also blessed to have you. Peace & Love, Katherine Rose Bacon. <3

  • Bill Harvey says:

    JERRY I’m a life long fan.My brother told me when I was quite small we met you in San Jose Ca. During a public appearance. I was told when you came out all the bigger kids pushed there way ahead of us little guys and we were unable to see. Any way I wish you well God Bless!!

  • Mary D. Richards says:

    I have loved watching your show since I was a very young child. I love watching the reruns and having a good laugh. My Condolences to you on the loss of Frank Bank. He was kind of a looser in the show but I always got a kick out of both Clarence and Eddie Haskel.

  • Mary D. Richards says:

    I have loved watching your show since I was a very young child. I love watching the reruns and having a good laugh. My Condolences to you on the loss of Frank Bank. He was kind of a looser in the show but I always got a kick out of both Clarence and Eddie Haskel. I live in Minnesota and it’s very nice knowing that Hugh Beaumont’s ashes are buried in Minnesota.

  • Lucretia says:

    I like millions more have watched the show since the beginning and now watching reruns, I never get tired of them. Sorry for the loss of “Lumpy”, I am glad you remained good friends. Just between you and me,,,(lol) I never could stand Eddie..LOL

  • marcy scandura says:

    we never missed leave it to beaver not one episode!!!Loved the show and the cast all of you. So sad to hear of frank bank’s passing. He was a terrific actor..always made me laugh. METV in the Boston area is putting the LEAVE IT TO BEAVER
    ONTO IT’S REGULAR LINEUP!!! I will watch the show not just because I love the show but it brings back a simple sweet
    era in life that we all need to relive during these difficult times now.

  • Jon says:

    Life long friends are hard to fine and when one leaves our lives we cherish the good memories of yesterday. I did not know Frank but he seemed to have a good heart to share his life with people who he cared for. Now he is with our lord and soon we will all will be there. May his passing bring you closer to our lord and our last performance on this world and soon there after be back with the people who we once knew and loved. RIP Frank and thanks for being just you!

  • Dear Jerry,Today you eulogized and helped all of us say goodbye to your dear friend and colleague Frank Banks as you would tease him . Glad you got to ;pile into his car and enjoy Bob’s Big Boy with him at lunch!!!It was an amazing and inspiring funeral.Frank had so many different and special friends in his lifetime. I will always cherish the day when he showed at my home with his slot car set and sold it to me for $20.00.He helped me set it up and then sat on the floor with me and raced it with me too.What a pre-teen memory for this once upon a time Tom Boy kind of a girl in 1963
    It was a privilege to be there today with you and your lovely bride Theresa.
    I know that Frank would have felt so touched by his own funeral and the countless ways he was remembered by everyone.
    Thank you again Jerry and Theresa for your lovely tribute this one of kind kind of guy,.We will all have” lumps” in our throats of sadness for his loss.
    Laurie Ackerman

  • Ron Aaroen says:

    I cant tell you how much I enjoyed the show. those times were the greatest nobody can take those memories away. I was born in 1950. Im sure glad we had show like leave it to beaver. thanks again jerry….sincerely ron. sorry about frank god bless him.

  • My condolences goes out to the family of Frank Bank! Frank you and the cast of “LEAVE IT TO BEAVER” will always bring back great memories. R.I.P. Frank Bank…

  • Barboo says:

    Condolences on the loss of your friend, Jerry. He, and you, and all the other members of the cast of “Leave it to Beaver” are engraved deeply into my earliest core of childhood memories (born in 1954). Those actors who played roles in those earliest TV shows in my life seem to be a personal part of me, in a different way than favorites from my teen years and adulthood are. Even though I haven’t seen Frank Bank or “Beaver” in years, I feel real sadness about this.

  • Michael Leach says:

    My thoughts and prayers for Frank Bank aka Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford and his family also sadly missed Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont Leave it to Beaver was one of my favorite shows of all time

  • Bruce Berry says:

    Lumpy was cool and he is already missed…So sad to hear of his passing away.
    I was lucky enough to have contacted him a couple of times and get one of his “Lumpy T-Shirts!”
    God Bless…

    “The Lumpy Rutherford T-Shirt”
    …Lumpy Rutherford from, “Leave It To Beaver.”

    I was crusin’ the Tastee-Freeze late one night
    When a couple of cute girl’s pulled up on my right
    I knew this wasn’t an ordinary sight
    ‘Cause the girl’s were young, tanned…Just right!
    The cute girl drivin’ looked across at me…
    And shouted, “Hey Dad, I Dig That Tee!”
    I said, “Hey Pumpkin, That’s My ‘Lumpy’ Tee!”
    I’ll never forget that wonderful night…
    That cute girl was outasight…
    Crusin’ thru the Tastee-Freeze with her on my right…
    If I hadn’t been wearin’ my ‘Lumpy’ Tee…
    I’d ended up sittin’ home, just watchin’ TV!!!

  • bob imperato says:

    What a great actor Frnak “Lumpy” Bank was, you really believed it was the goofy bully in Leave it to Beaver. I had read what a smart person he was in real life. I am sure he will be missed by all the Leave to Beaver fans and the family of Leave it to Beaver show. RIP Frank.

  • Mark Guthrie says:

    I grew up watching the show in the early sixties. I myself loved the show. Along with others like Ozzie and Harriet and so forth. I will always remember those days. My kids now watch the reruns. Please tell Frank’s family my heart felt condolences. Thanks Beaver and Wally.
    Mark Guthrie

  • sharon gilligan says:

    each of the characters on “leave it to beaver” will forever remain in the hearts of those of us fortunate enough to have grown up in the “golden age” of children. it was such a simple time, simple amusements, simple days at school. this show & it’s characters brought to life so many instances ” close to home” for all of us. i was sad to hear of “lumpy” passing on. my prayers are with his family & friends! thank you for being a part of our lives.

  • Bob Von Vett says:

    Jerry: Thank you for sharing all the memories with us. My brother and I still watch episodes religiously. My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank and his family. “Leave it to Beaver” was probably my favorite TV show growing up.

  • Mike McDonald says:

    I had the absolute privilege and joy to work with Frank for ten years as a financial advisor. Although I was already established, he became a mentor to me on municipal bonds. He also became one of my best friends. We stopped working together ten years ago, and we lived on different sides of the country. Ecen still, we would talk two or three times a month on the telephone.

    It’s going to take some time before I am over his passing. He was one of the funniest people I have ever met. And incredibly intelligent.

    RIP Frank. You were something else.

  • Brenda Bussinger Cole says:

    I’m sorry for the loss of Frank Banks. I always enjoyed him starring as Lumpy Rutherford on Leave It To Beaver. I always felt like I grew with all of these actors! I Loved each and everyone of them. May Frank Banks R I P.

  • Dana Byrnes says:

    Thank you for being a good friend. LITB was a great part of so many lives. It was and.still is America.

  • Jon says:

    Tonight I was crussing on the internet and found this segment that shows the real Frank Banks not the actor. He was genuine people person and this really shows his real side of life. RIP Frank as you really did stand up for the small guy and the hollywood sceen. Thanks

  • Anita says:

    Antenna TV is showing all 40 episoides of LITB this Sunday. Know where I will be all day.
    May Frank RIP.
    God Bless all the remaining cast.

  • Tom Watson says:

    I bet playing Lumpy was a lot of fun. It’s nice to know that everyone got along so well and stayed in touch. My condolences to all who knew Frank.

  • James K. says:

    I’m sorry for your loss. Lumpy and his dad Fred are a great part of Leave it to Beaver.

  • rene zamic says:

    Richard Deacon called him home to have that egg nog, his mother made. He finally went. Loved everyone and the show.

  • Kathy says:

    Wow I was so shocked when I heard of Frank’s passing – I just loved this show and I guess we hoped that everyone would just always be there — like the shows. I watch them everyday on dvd and soon on ME tv – Frank was superb in his part as Lumpy. I think we’ve all know a “Lumpy” and could relate to him. Glad to have all of you to still watch but a little part of Leave it To Beaver is now gone. Thanks for the memories Frank. Condolences to the Bank family.

  • jillk says:

    love all of you guys & was so sorry to hear about frank bank; actually read his book a few months ago; it’s so great that many members of the LITB cast have stayed close over the years and I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend; love to yall and great memories of frank and others from the cast who are no longer with us, jill

  • David Cook says:

    I can’t tell how much enjoyment your show has brought me,and still does and always will, it gives me a great feeling inside every time I watch the reruns,thank you and the rest of the cast so much for all the pleasure you all have given me,a HUGE fan of you all,a friend you have never known.

  • REST in peace, LUMPY RUTHERFORD….. “you big oaf”….. NOT. THAT WAS YOUR DAD SPEAKING….. Loved Richard DEACON, too. YOU WERE THE PERFECT Match of FATHER AND SON in the cast of Leave It to BEAVER… YOUR other family. OH HOW WE WILL miss you. THANK GOD FOR RERUNS….so future generations will still get to know LUMPY RUTHERFORD. GOD BLESS you…and we will see you in HEAVEN. 🙂

  • les klusack says:

    I was born in 1952 so Jerry you are 2 years older then me I still watch the show today on roku all the shows are listed from day one ..this is the problem with our country today nothing wholesome on the idiot box like the old days…Leave it to beaver, bonanza, Gunsmoke,Ozzy and Harriet, so many to mention…we grew up with morals back then more so then today with all this electronic garbage the kids today dont have a clue …bottom line its the parents to blame!!!!

  • John says:

    I actually interviewed Frank in the late 1980s. We conducted a fun, spirited interview at his Financial office in Rancho Mirage. It was based on his interest and love of thoroughbred horses which a lot of people were not aware of. I asked him what was the worst financial investment you ever made on the horses, and he told me he and his partners once claimed a horse for $50,000 and sold it for a dollar. He had lots of stories about the horses and a couple a scandalous stories about his days on leave it to Beaver, most I would never which I would’ve never guessed. Anyway, I enjoy his company very much he was a very pleasant man and I will never forget the two hours we spent at his office that’s sunny afternoon.


    Always loved this show… My grandmother went to school with Hugh Beaumont and she wrote many letters to him about my 1950’s childhood The episode where Beaver is stuck in the coffee cup was based at least in some part
    on a situation I experienced as a chils So sorry Frank Bank is gone (as are many other Beaver cast members)
    Still watch the reruns on AntennaTV…..

  • Ronald Mitchell says:

    I really loved that show I still watch reruns when i can,I loved Frank Bank car,a 40 Ford conv. it would be worth thousands today.the families weren’t always perfect but they did what was right,it’s sure a different story today but I am glad I lived in those days when if you did wrong you when back and made it right.

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