Clarence Rutherford

Clarence Rutherford

Infobox character
name = Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford

caption = Frank Bank in his debut episode "Lumpy Rutherford".
real_name =
portrayer = Frank Bank
creator = Joe Connelly
Bob Mosher
species =
gender = Male
first = "Lumpy Rutherford" (January 24 1958)
last = "The All-Night Party" (May 30 1963)
cause =
age = 16 (in first season debut episode)
occupation =
title =
alias =
family = Fred Rutherford (father)
Gwendolyn Rutherford (mother)
"Unknown" (brother)
Violet Rutherford (younger sister)
spouse =
children =
relatives =
footnotes =

Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford is a fictional character in the television sitcom "Leave It to Beaver". The show aired from October 4, 1957 to June 20, 1963. Lumpy is a bit of a bully and, with Eddie Haskell, is one of Wally Cleaver's friends.

Lumpy was portrayed in the original series by Frank Bank. The actor also appeared as Lumpy in the sequel series, "The New Leave It to Beaver" (1985-1989). Although "Lumpy" did not appear in the 1997 spin-off film, "Leave It to Beaver", his portrayer Frank Bank made an appearance in the film as "Frank".


Lumpy is introduced to the viewer in the first season episode "Lumpy Rutherford". He's the 16 year old son of Fred, (Ward Cleaver's co-worker). The Rutherfords live somewhere in the Cleaver neighborhood, which gives Lumpy the opportunity to bully the Cleaver boys on their way home from school. The boys plot Lumpy's come-uppance but the plot backfires when Fred accidentally steps into the trap. Although a touch of the bully never leaves Lumpy, he eventually becomes Wally's friend. They are in the same class together at school, in spite of a three year age spread between the two.

Lumpy is a papa's boy. He is well-known for referring to his father as "Daddy". Fred would tell Clarence he was too old and big (usually referring to his "lumpiness") to call him "Daddy". More often than not, Fred would lose his patience and call Lumpy a "big boob". Lumpy's mother Gwendolyn ("Geraldine", in some early episodes) and his younger sister, Violet (who is about Beaver's age), round out the family. Violet gives Beaver a black eye in an early episode. Lumpy also has a never-seen-on-the-show brother.

Lumpy is not the brightest fellow in Mayfield. He is a very hefty young lad and is often teased because of it. Lumpy often convinces others to do things that he is really too afraid to do himself. He sometimes picks on Beaver.

When Lumpy wins a college football scholarship in a later episode, June Cleaver throws a party and bakes a cake in the shape of a football field. In another episode, Wally and Eddie Haskell play a prank on Lumpy that involves the rear axle of his car being removed with a chain.

"The New Leave It to Beaver"

Lumpy and Beaver form a successful business partnership (the "Cleaver and Rutherford Co."). As with their fathers, it is never specified exactly what the scope of the business is. Previously, both men had worked for Fred Rutherford's company (until Fred's death).

Lumpy is married and has a daughter, J.J.


*Applebaum, Irwyn. "The World According to Beaver." TV Books, 1984, 1998. (ISBN 1575000520).
*Bank, Frank. "Call Me Lumpy: my Leave It To Beaver days and other wild Hollywood life ". Addax, 2002. (ISBN-10: 1886110298), (ISBN-13: 978-1886110298).
* Brooks, Tim and Earl Marsh, "The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 9th Ed." Ballantine Books, Random House, New York City, New York, 2007. (ISBN 0-34549-773-2).
*Colella, Jennifer. "The Leave It to Beaver Guide to Life: wholesome wisdom from the Cleavers!" Running Press, 2006. (ISBN-10: 0762427736), (ISBN-13: 9780762427734).
*"Leave It to Beaver: the complete first season". Universal Studios, 2005.
*"Leave It to Beaver: the complete second season". Universal Studios, 2006. (ISBN 1417074876)
*Mathers, Jerry. "...And Jerry Mather as "The Beaver"." Berkley Boulevard Books, 1998. (ISBN 0425163709)
* Terrace, Vincent, "Television Character and Story Facts: Over 110,000 Details From 1,008 Shows, 1945-1992," McFarland & Co. Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, 1993. (ISBN 0-89950-891-X).

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* [ TVLand bio]

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