In Memoriam – Frank Bank

Vale Frank Bank

April 12, 1942 – April 13, 2013
April 12, 1942 – April 13, 2013

Frank Bank, who played the inept comedic bully Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford on the 1950s sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” passed away April 13, 2013, the day following his 71st birthday anniversary, according to Stu Shostack, a family friend.

He became somewhat typecast as a kind of sympathetic “heavy” in the series, attempting (and failing) to intimidate the younger kids. His character’s father, Fred Rutherford, owned an accounting agency that employed Beaver’s father, Ward Cleaver. The “Lumpy” epithet was never explained; some viewers thought it was a reference to his size, while others believed it was a commentary on the character’s lowbrow intellect.

In real life, Mr. Bank pursued a successful career as a securities trader, after he left show business. But, on a few occasions he would reprise his “Lumpy” role in updates of his former childhood series.

His birth occurred in the hallway of a hospital during a WWII air-raid practice drill on April 12, 1942, in Los Angeles. His first movie role was portraying Will Rogers as a child in “The Story of Will Rogers” (1952).

We extend our condolences to his widow, Rebecca Fink, whom he married in 1982; his four daughters, Julie Bank, Kelly Lightner, Michelle Randall and Joanne Littman; his five grandchildren and his many friends and fans.