At the tender age of nine, Jerry Mathers had already acted in six films, including Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble with Harry
. His debut had been a few years earlier at age two when he appeared on The Ed Wynn Show
. The show's producers claimed that Mathers won the role of Beaver Cleaver because he asked to leave his audition to go to a Cub Scouts meeting. In the years following Beaver
, Mathers managed to keep himself busy finishing high school, going to college and playing with his band, Beaver and the Trappers
. Mathers stared in Still the Beaver
and a syndicated series, The New Leave It to Beaver
. Mathers released an autobiography in 1998.
Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver is pretty much your average, slightly hyperactive, but impossibly cute kid. Beaver's friendly, inquisitive nature gets him into a lot of trouble. He's pretty gullible, so he's often mixed up in some pretty kooky jams. Beaver has a lot of friends and if his brother's friends see him as a runt, Beaver doesn't mind because Wally almost always comes to his defense.