Hugh Beaumont

  • Birth Name: Eugene Hugh Beaumont
  • Birth Place: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Died: May 14, 1982
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Met his wife, Kathryn, when they were paired together in the radio talent contest Gateway to Hollywood in 1939.
  • Was an ordained Methodist minister.
  • Became a Christmas-tree farmer after he retired from acting.
  • Ranked No. 28 in TV GUIDE's 2004 list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time for his portrayal of Leave It to Beaver's Ward Cleaver.
  • Directed more than 20 episodes of Leave It to Beaver, including the series' nostalgic final episode, "Family Scrapbook."


  • Gloria Bussman — Sister
  • Eric Beaumont — Son
  • Kristan — Daughter
  • Kathryn Beaumont — Ex-wife
  • Mark Beaumont — Son


  • Attended University of Tennesse, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States; the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, United States (Master of Theology, 1946)