Hugh Beaumont

Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 – May 14, 1982) was an American actor and television director. He was also licensed to preach by the Methodist church. Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver, the husband of June Cleaver (Barbara Billingsley) and the father of Wally (Tony Dow) and Beaver (Jerry Mathers) on the television series, Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963). There is conflicting evidence about his birthplace. His obituary reported he was born in Lawrence, Kansas. Richard Stanwix, a relative, said Beaumont was actually born to the east, closer to nearby Eudora, Kansas. Beaumont gave his birthplace as Lawrence, Kansas when he appeared on the "Do You Want To Be An Actor" radio program in 1937. Family friend Mrs. G. W. Cooper of Vinland confirmed the Beaumont family lived in the 800 block of Kentucky Street, near downtown Lawrence, when Hugh was born. His parents were Ethel Adaline Whitney and Edward H. Beaumont, a traveling salesman whose profession kept the family on the move. After graduating from Baylor School, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he attended the University of Chattanooga, where he played football.


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