Hugh Beaumont, who most recall as the All American father on television’s Leave it To Beaver, was also a noted “B” movie leading man that could play a diverse range of parts. He starred in five films in 1946 and 1947 as hard boiled detective “Michael Shayne” for the Poverty Row studio of PRC ( Beaumont also did a radio series as Shayne).
Beaumont was a talented, intelligent actor in the same vein as Robert Young and Fred MacMurray. His career as an actor was rather diverse. He also held a Masters Degree in theology and was a Methodist
Beaumont kickstarted his acting career in various films such as the Pat O’Brien action picture “Flight Lieutenant” (1942), the spy thriller “Fallen Sparrow” (1943) with John Garfield and the thriller “The Seventh Victim” (1943) with Tom Conway. He also appeared in “Apology for Murder” (1945), “Blood on the Sun” (1945) and “Objective Burma!” (1945) with Errol Flynn. He kept working in film throughout the forties, starring in “Murder Is My Business” (1946), the Alan Ladd thriller “The Blue Dahlia” (1946) and “Larceny in Her Heart” (1946). He also appeared in “Bury Me Dead” (1947). Toward the end of his career, he tackled roles in “The Last Outpost” (1951), the adventure “The Lost Continent” (1951) with Cesar Romero and “Phone Call From a Stranger” (1952). He also appeared in “Night Without Sleep” (1952) with Linda Darnell and the Tyrone Power drama “The Mississippi Gambler” (1953). Beaumont last acted in the James Stewart western “Night Passage” (1957). Beaumont passed away in May 1982 at the age of 73.
His Filmography includes:The Human Duplicators (1965) Austin Welles, Night Passage (1957) Jeff Kurth, The Mole People (1956) Dr. Jud Bellamin, Hell’s Horizon (1955) Al Trask, Indian American (1955), The Member of the Wedding (1953) Minister,The Mississippi Gambler (1953) Kennerly, Phone Call from a Stranger (1952) Dr. Tim Brooks,Night Without Sleep (1952) John Harkness and Washington Story (1952) Chaplain
His graduated from the University of Tennesse at Chattanooga: Chattanooga , Tennessee and had a Masters from the University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California –
Eugene Hugh Beaumont (February 16, 1909 — May 14, 1982) was an American actor, television director, and ordained Methodist minister. He is best known for his portrayal of the character Ward Cleaver on the popular TV series Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963. Beaumont was born in Lawrence, Kansas, to Ethel Adaline Whitney and Edward H. Beaumont, a little over three months after the couple married. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he played football. He later studied at the University of Southern California, and graduated with a Master of Theology degree in 1946. He married Kathryn Adams in 1942 and they had three children during their forty-year marriage. Adams can be seen in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 film Saboteur, playing the part of Mrs. Brown, the young mother. In 1931, Beaumont began his career in show business by performing in theaters, nightclubs and on the radio. He began acting in motion pictures in 1940, appearing in over three dozen films (many roles not credited) before taking his best-known role as philosophy-dispensing suburban dad Ward Cleaver on the popular sitcom television series Leave It to Beaver. A precursor to his role as the kindly father figure came in Adventures of Superman. In a 1953 episode called The Big Squeeze, he played an ex-convict with a wife and son whose trust he must win back after an apparent return to his criminal past. Not only did Beaumont act in Leave It to Beaver, but he also wrote and directed several episodes, including the final episode, the retrospective “Family Scrapbook”. His portrayal as head of the Cleaver household ranked #28 in TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time” in the June 20, 2004, issue. After Leave It to Beaver concluded original production and went into syndication in the fall of 1963, Beaumont appeared in many community theater productions and did a few guest roles on TV shows, such as Mannix, The Virginian, Wagon Train and Petticoat Junction. Beaumont retired from show business in the late 1960s, launching a second career as a Christmas-tree farmer in Minnesota. He was forced to slow down after suffering a stroke in 1972. A decade later, on May 14, 1982, Beaumont died of a heart attack while visiting his son, a psychology professor, in Munich, Germany. He was 73.