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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Whatever Happened to Robert 'Rusty' Stevens (Larry Mondello) from Leave it to Beaver?

That's a very good question. I've wondered it myself many times. He appeared in 67 episodes of Leave it to Beaver (or 68 if you count the very last Beaver episode in which he only appeared in "flashbacks") and Still the Beaver (1983). Leave it to Beaver originally aired 1957-1963, but Rusty's last appearance was in late 1960. The reason for that is that his father took a job out of state and so the family moved away from Burbank, California to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, therefore ending his career on Leave it to Beaver. From what info I can gather, he has apparently worked in some or all of the following fields: advertising, insurance salesman and/or real estate. According to his very short bio on imdb.com, it shows "(2001) Insurance Salesman in New Jersey." His more current Wikipedia page says "He and his wife now live in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey." (A few years ago it read: "He and his wife now live in Sharpsburg, Georgia.")

Many years after Leave It To Beaver had ended, when they were trying to locate Rusty to reprise his role as Larry in Still the Beaver, a detective had to be employed to try to find him. The detective found the right house and knocked on the door. Rusty's wife answered and the detective asked her if it was the residence of the former child star. She replied that he had the wrong house. When she later told this to Rusty, he told her the man did have the right house. He did indeed play Larry Mondello, he just never told his wife about it before!

Apparently Rusty is purposely staying out of the limelight and has declined offers for TV appearances.

Robert 'Rusty' Stevens was born 11/25/1948 and is currently 62 years old (updated Feb. 2011).

UPDATE: I have found a clip of Still The Beaver (aka The New Leave It to Beaver) on YouTube. The clip features Rusty Stevens as Larry Mondello! As far as I know, the 80's TV series isn't available on DVD. It'd be great if it was.

The clip also includes Jerry Mathers (Beaver), Frank Bank (Lumpy), Tony Dow (Wally) and Ken Osmond (Eddie).

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78 Comments:

  • At August 12, 2007 2:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    FYI. I ran in to Mr. Stevens today at the Metro NY Balloon & Music Festival (www.metronyballoonfest.com). He was carrying a camera for L.I. News and had a press pass. He appeared to be alive and in good shape. Just a little sweaty...its like 90 out today.

     
  • At March 28, 2008 8:44 PM, Blogger LBoris0217 said…

    I think he now works at the Home Depot in Egg Harbor Township NJ. I know a couple of people who work there with him.

     
  • At April 01, 2008 9:23 PM, Blogger rewindback said…

    That's interesting, I hadn't heard that. Thanks for the comment.

     
  • At June 10, 2008 7:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am currently representing Mr. Robert "Rusty" Stevens, aka Larry Mondello. I tracked him down and he agreed to signing items for his fans thru his official website.
    http://www.donet.com/~mbrendel/LarryMondello/larry.html
    This is the only authorized Rusty Stevens Larry Mondello website, By Mr. Strevens.

     
  • At June 12, 2008 7:59 PM, Anonymous mark said…

    a friend of mine mistaken him as an enployee at walmart the other day and he told her who he was , he gave her his card and signed it, but also gave her a demo tape which i listned to that was 6/9/08

     
  • At November 22, 2008 2:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Although Rusty stopped appearing in "Leave it To Beaver" sometime in 1960, he has some acting credits as late as 1963 (e.g. "The Rifleman, 1963) according to www.imdb.com. In fact I read in a book that he didn't move east until 1963. This suggests there was some other reason why he stopped appearing in "Leave it To Beaver". If you have an info. on this, please post it

     
  • At February 02, 2009 7:26 PM, Blogger lindabro1 said…

    I believe Rusty's little brother Rory Stevens was in Leave it to Beaver the last few seasons as Chuckie Murdock. That would lead me to believe that the family had not moved east until after the show ended in 1963. I'd love to meet Rusty/aka, Larry!

     
  • At February 04, 2009 12:46 AM, Blogger rewindback said…

    @lindabro1 and Anonymous, Yes I guess that would make it look like Rusty and his family didn't move around late 1960 or soon after. I'm not sure of all exact facts, I was just going on what I had read from a few different places. It's confusing now, so I'm not sure of the real reason he left the show, if not because of a family move.

     
  • At February 25, 2009 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If you listen to the archive interview of Barbara Billingsley,
    she said Larry Mondello was written out of the series to to his overzealous mother who put her 2 cents into everything. Eventually, the producers had enough and wrote him out of the Beaver series. I think his family moved after that.

     
  • At March 12, 2009 8:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    FWIW the URL http://www.donet.com/~mbrendel/LarryMondello/larry.html

    opens a "Page not found." Hardly seems to fit the description in the post.

     
  • At March 12, 2009 7:25 PM, Blogger rewindback said…

    @Anonymous The archive interview of Barbara Billingsley sounds interesting. Is it available online so I can check it out?

    @Anonymous That URL is from a commenter. I didn't have anything to do with it. Apparently it's no longer valid, but it was at one time.

     
  • At July 26, 2009 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi everyone, just some FYI on rusty stevens. i met him personally at riverhead raceway in riverhead, NY. he claims to be a talent scouter fo 20th century fox aka fox 5, fox etertainment. my coleagues and i are tryign to figure out if everything he says is true. he claims he was larry in leave it to beaver, played an EXTRA in jaws, was the gerber baby, and also claims he wass in 3 dog night. he also claims his daughter was in the bangels, if you have any info please let me no ASAP. thanks

     
  • At July 29, 2009 9:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    According to Barbara Billingsly, Larry was dropped from the show because of his mother. She apparently was the stage mother of all stage mothers and the producers wanted her gone and regrettably that meant Larry too. Go to Youtube for the American Television Archive interview with Ms. Billingsly.

     
  • At August 10, 2009 8:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I met Rusty yesterday (8-7-2009)at the Westhampton NY Rotary Club annual flea market, where I had been peforming with my band The Boomers. Rusty gave me his card and told some stories about Three Dog Night. I asked him to come up and sing with us but he declined, claiming he had been smoking too much and his voice was not in shape for singing. He was taking pictures and had a press pass around his neck. Very personable guy, enjoyed meeting him.

    GW, AKA The Natural

     
  • At September 10, 2009 5:24 PM, Blogger Patrick said…

    I am with you guys about the guy from Riverhead that claims to be Rusty Stevens who played Larry Mondello. A source from a local paper who did an interview with him very recently told me he claimed the show was originally taped in Hugh Beaumonts house in Queens. CLEARLY NOT TRUE. In fact, the only other thing he said was that there were lots of lights. He is the same guy you all are referrencing as he talked about 3dog night etc. In fact he had a 3 Dog Night shirt on with his name on it. So weird. Our research points to this fellow NOT being Mondello! He is very nice and personable but I think he is off his rocker. Anyone else?

     
  • At September 10, 2009 5:28 PM, Blogger Patrick said…

    if that above picture is a picture of Rusty from Still the Beaver, than the guy from Riverhead is NOT him.

     
  • At September 16, 2009 12:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah. The guy from Riverhead is NOT mondello. My mother knows him because he goes into her store a lot to buy things and they were talking one day and he mentioned he had sung in 3 Dog Night. Never did he mention that he was in Leave it to Beaver.....But personally, I don't think he was lying because one of her associates confirmed that he was....But who knows???

     
  • At October 08, 2009 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I read recently that Rusty Stevens now lives in Sharpsburg, Ga. with his wife...perhaps retired ?

     
  • At October 28, 2009 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There's one way to know for sure if it's him or not. Was he eating an apple?

     
  • At November 07, 2009 10:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My wife and I just met Rusty Stevens who stopped in our real estate office in Oakdale, NY who was shopping for a home. We foud him to be gregarious,low keyed, and humorous plus some interesting acting stories to tell.

     
  • At November 25, 2009 8:44 PM, Blogger Svend said…

    I met Rusty Stevens last week, he's still working at the Egg Harbor Home Depot in NJ.
    He wasn't very helpful, he sent me to the wrong aisle for door hinges but he told me a few Leave It To Beaver stories. He was really pissed off about how he was let go and said no one from the cast even said goodbye.

     
  • At December 07, 2009 5:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    As ammusing as Mr. Stevens has found these posts, he would just like to clarify that 95% of them are infact false. He's sitting next to me at our place of work chuckling at the humor left by not only the author of the page, but the follow-ups as well. He's alive and well, in good health...comfortably enjoying anonymity and avoiding attention as much as possible.

    The whole premise of even visiting this site was in jest to break good old Rusty's balls, but upon reading the speculative comments and the website article...he wanted them discredited.

     
  • At May 30, 2010 12:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I went to Grade School with Robert at Robert Lewis Stevenson Elementary in Burbank, CA. before he was picked up by a talent scout. I always considered him a good friend.He went on to a private school for acting, and I lost contact with him after that.I do enjoy getting out my Old Grade School class room pictures and remembering the fun we had in our youth. I always wondered what happened to him after I moved out of Burbank in 1960.

     
  • At June 17, 2010 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tonight, my husband and I met Rusty Stevens at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival in Mattituck, NY. He walked over to my husband and I and introduced himself as Rusty Stevens from the Leave It to Beaver show. He also said he was in a serious car accident several years ago and was left a coma for 2years and now suffering with memory loss. He also said he lives locally and was volunteering for the festival this weekend. He also mentioned he was Beaver's best friend on the show. He also mentioned his granddaughter was on Americal Idol this past season and just signed on with Disney replacing Hanna Montanna's position.

     
  • At September 02, 2010 11:35 PM, Anonymous Clarence Rutherford said…

    I don't know about Larry Mondelo, but my name is Clarence Rutherford!!! Don't call me Lumpy!!!

     
  • At September 14, 2010 5:04 AM, Blogger Gtr101 said…

    Rusty went to David Starr Jordan Junior High School in Burbank for a short time. I remember him showing up to school with green in his hair one day. Pretty radical for the early 60's. I always wondered what happended to him both professionally and personally. Funny that the family would move from what must have been a fairly lucrative child acting career. He and the show are still favorites of mine.

     
  • At September 14, 2010 5:08 AM, Blogger Gtr101 said…

    PS...Karen Sue Trent (Penny) used to board her horse at a private stables behind our house in Burbank. Another cast member who just disappeared.

     
  • At December 25, 2010 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    he would kill me if he finds this out--he works at the home depot in egg harbor township new jersey, part time, in the phone center---he is a good friend of mine--one of my heros--he's doing fine---i worked there for 4 years and me and bob talked about everything--he doesn't like to talk about the show that much, but he loves to hear about my sexcapades-lol--he's such a perv--lmao--i love bob--he supports my acting and my boxing career--i live in egg harbor township---

     
  • At March 12, 2011 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Clearly the person living in Egg Harbor Township and works at Home Depot and claims to have been in Three Dog Night and that Leave it to Beaver was filmed in Hugh Beaumont's house is a PATHETIC IMPOSTER. Just another loser who discovered he has the same generic name that an old child-actor does so he brags to anyone who will listen about his tall tales. Every town has one of these blowhard losers... Imagine how much of a loser you'd have to be to want to claim to be Larry Mondello!

     
  • At September 08, 2011 1:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The one in Egg Harbor Township, NJ is indeed the real deal. All you have to do is look at him! Don't know anything about the kook in NY.

     
  • At September 12, 2011 10:20 PM, Blogger thejcowboy22 said…

    The script writers were tired of Larry making Beaver do stupid things.Whitey, Richard and Gilbert were more presentable. Whiny,portly, ignorant Larry was forced out.With puberty and middle school coming to an end Larry wouldn't have fit in the scripts .Gilbert carried his own but a strange thing occurred on the show Beaver became the weak link in the entire cast which gave the show it's demise.

     
  • At October 31, 2011 7:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was approached by the man from Long Island claiming to be Rusty Stevens and he offered me Hundreds of thousands of dollars to play a role in some movie he was filming at the local refuge. He told me he was in 3 dog night. That his daughter was in the Bangles. And that he was in the movie Gremlins. He had another girl with him that he said he was going to sign and he gave me his card which has Fox Entertainment on the title. I was very skeptical of him. We gave him a ride home and he lives in a tiny red shack and has no car which he says was stolen. And he said his wife divorced him for $15 million. Doesn't sound right to me... He also said Reba is his friend and that he knows Michael J Fox and Simon Cowell and that he discovered Kelly Clarkson... I think the more he talked the deeper he dug his hole. He also asked me if I was Chinese when he got out of the car and I'm clearly not even Asian.. too bad $125,000 would have come in really handy... LOL!

     
  • At October 31, 2011 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh and to continue from above, he said that he wrote "One it the Loneliest number" Which was clearly written by Harry Nilsson. Stay away from this guy!

     
  • At December 12, 2011 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would like to hear from Robert, Rusty, or Larry Mondello. We loved seeing him as a boy and not asking him to act, but just allow us to stay in touch. If ,he would rather not act that's his business. Please don't keep us from the memory of that cute chubby kid. You were a positive part of the Leave it to Beaver Show. God Bless you in whatever you do.

     
  • At January 10, 2012 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I ran into Rusty the other day at the local 5 and dime. Elvis and Marilyn were there too.

     
  • At January 20, 2012 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    as of this post , still the beaver is on youtube in 9 parts. larry is on briefly in part 3.

     
  • At March 06, 2012 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow he just came into my store in Riverhead today claiming the same thing he told us taylor swift was with him and they would stop in later I'm son confused shes in Australia

     
  • At March 06, 2012 10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow that funny he came into my store today in Riverhead saying all the same things claiming hes with taylor swift and he would bring her back to the store but shes in Australia

     
  • At April 17, 2012 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would like to know if Rusty is anything like Larry Mondello? The reason I ask is when I was in school, there was a kid just like Larry. He was fat lier and thief only pretending to be a friend.

     
  • At April 27, 2012 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I liked leave it To Beaver..althought i was very small when it ran on TV...I thought it was sort of odd that June was always so dressed up complete with pearls just to do house work...and Wally was sort of juvenile acting even when he was a senior. I liked Larry..he didn't seem to have a happy home life..his Dad always hitting him..but seemed a true friend to Beaver. I thought Gilbert was sort of a two-timer..he'd get in trouble then run off and Whitey was sort of silly....Eddie ..i sort off felt sorry for, as he wanted everyone to like him and tried to wise-crack all the time..but i felt like Wally was his only true friend.....Lumpy i didn't like much.....But Ward was a awesome Father...he listened to the boys and tried to teach them something from wrong......too bad that does not still exist today in Parenting....I just watched LITB on Netflix and was a bit sad when watched the last episode...I only saw The New LITB when Disney was a pay channel a long time ago and it is not on DVD. It is sad when a Tv series or a series of movies ends...but nice when they keep up with doing reunions every few years..

     
  • At April 27, 2012 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I remember meeting Rusty as a student at Northeast High school in Phila in about 1966-67. He was very low keyed.

     
  • At May 25, 2012 11:48 PM, Anonymous Gil dorfman said…

    Rusty Stevens real father name was Harry shiken he was married to my mother in1937 had two kids deserted my mother then moved to calif for a new life

     
  • At June 04, 2012 11:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yea, I met Rusty a few years back, at the Egg Harbor 7/11. He was working night shift and I went in for some munchies. I was a little short on cash, and Rusty was cool enough to lend me some money for a cream filled donut. He got a little ticked when I asked him to borrow a quarter for the pinball though. But anyway, I asked him why he was working in 7/11 and he told me being a child actor is brutal, and left him nearly penny less. He said Leave it to Beaver is Huge in India, and the Local 7/11 owners knew Rusy well and offered him a job as a favor. Sad story really.

     
  • At July 22, 2012 12:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey everybody, instead of telling us lies, or truths about Rusty, why not take a picture of him today, and post the link to it so we can see for ourselves whether it's him or not.

     
  • At July 23, 2012 11:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Makes sense. I sure did miss Larry when they took him off the show. I wish they produced shows like this for our children. There is nothing but garbage for them to watch. No morals at all. Sure hope Larry is doing well and making enough money on the reruns that he never has to work.

     
  • At July 30, 2012 7:36 PM, Anonymous Barry S said…

    I went to school with Rusty's younger brother Scott, first at Solis Cohen elementary in 7th grade,then at northeast high school in Philadelphia.

     
  • At August 09, 2012 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was very good friends with Jimmie Greenspoon, the keyboard player for Three Dog Night, and he never heard of Rusty Stevens, nor was he ever the the band....

     
  • At August 30, 2012 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    does he really still work at home depot in egg harbor township to this day the year 2012? i personally never actually looked for him myself cause i never heard of the guy until a guy i went to school with who works at home depot told me that yes bob stevens does in fact work there so maybe next time i pay a visit to my mother who lives nearby in fact right down the road maybe i'll go have a looksy all the while avoiding the guy i went to school with he's such a creep

     
  • At October 15, 2012 6:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a photo of the guy claiming to be Rusty Stevens. I just don't know how to post the photo.

     
  • At October 26, 2012 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Some of the best episodes were the ones featuring "Larry"...I missed the character when he left. "Gilbert" was a back stabber and "Whitey" was goofy. "Larry" was the most 'real' character among several of "Beaver's" pals. Hope Rusty is well and happy.

     
  • At November 15, 2012 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ah, Rusty Stephens. A good ol' friend of mine. I met him at Wal-Mart about, 5 months ago. Local friend. Going to go for dinner with him at the 7/11 where he works..

     
  • At February 05, 2013 5:19 PM, Blogger surferjoe1 said…

    I want to clear up some misinformation here about Robert Stevens. He never worked at a Home Depot.

    After leaving the cast of "Leave It To Beaver" over a controversial pro-segregation script (never filmed, due to his vigilance), he was in the Jimi Hendrix Experience as a trombone player- that's his solo on the LP version of "Foxy Lady". Later, he was in "The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown", also on trombone.

    He was originally cast opposite Sidney Poitier in "In The Heat Of The Night", but had to drop out due to his struggle with apple addiction- a battle he faced throughout the sixties. Rod Steiger was subsequently cast, and began getting many of the roles originally intended for Stevens.

    In the 1970s he was married to Loni Anderson, and (during a brief transgendered phase) became the mother of singer Christina Aguilera (he even coined the name "Xtina" for her).

    He was injured in Iraq in 1994 when his Black Hawk helicopter was downed by friendly fire over Northern Iraq. (A subsequent film on this incident portrayed him under another name due to his ongoing relationship with the C.I.A.). He is also the grandfather of several of the Wiggles- he's not sure which ones.

    He told me all this last night at the Orange Julius here in Gulfport, Mississippi, where he currently works the late shift. I also got him to autograph an apple.

    Hope this clears up all the Rusty Stevens controversy.

     
  • At February 06, 2013 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got off the phone with Rusty.

    We had a good laugh talking about the old days and I read to him the comments on this page.

    One story that no one would ever believe is that Tony Dow routinely smoked "jazz cigarettes" with Hugh Beaumont and a large colored fellow named "Hambone" on the set of 'Leave It To Beaver'.

    It's true, though.

    When Rusty and I get together I am going to snap a picture and see about posting it here to keep his legend alive.

    This is fantastic stuff.

     
  • At February 27, 2013 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a load of crap. The guy in Home Depot is an imposter. There was no Three Dog Night membership by Rusty. All baloney about knowing all those modern celebrities. Also crap about the guy who didn't tell his wife he was Larry on the show. None of those characters are Rusty. Rusty just prefers to remain relatively anonymous and have a normal person's life.

    Also crap about the smoking of "jazz" cigarettes by the athletic Tony Dow and Minister Hugh Beaumont and the non-existent Hambone. It is true that Karen Sue Trent rode horses.

    What Barbara Billingly states in her interview is the truth, and Larry was written out due to his mother from hell. The show ended because both Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers were older and it was no longer a show about US life in general from the viewpoint of 2 kids, plus ratings were weaker.

    I know this because I worked at Universal where they filmed the show.

     
  • At March 18, 2013 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually the Stevens family moved to DC after ""Beaver." Rusty's father worked for the government in the state department and traveled back and forth while LITB was being filmed. Once Rusty left the show, the family moved to DC. That's where Rusty and I went to high school together. We were the best of pals. We spent so much time together everyone started calling me Beaver. Rusty was best man at my wedding. Later he went to Yale and received a Phd. in chemistry. However, before he could begin his career in that field he was appointed US ambassador to Costa Rica by fellow Califorian and actor Ronald Regan. If you are not aware, Costa Rica is where Coke grows the vanilla beans it uses. Once there Rusty was able to use his background to decode the Coke formula. After leaving Costa Rica he was hired by Coke, with the underlying intention of finding out if he really did know the formula. He lived in Sharpsburg, GA during this time and I made many trips down to visit him. Sadly, Coke was finally convinced Rusty did indeed know the recipe, so they put him in their witness protection program--you don't reveal our recipe and we set you up for life. He is one of less than a dozen individuals in this program. So there is no way to locate him now. What a great freind he was!

     
  • At March 18, 2013 9:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You had me believing the story about going to high school with Rusty, him being best man at your wedding, being the US ambassador to Costa Rica and learning the Coke formula until your final sentence where you misspelled "friend".
    That's something Rusty always did, it's like his fingerprint. Glad to see you post on here with some great lies, Rusty.

     
  • At March 20, 2013 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    But gee....it could'a happened!

     
  • At March 30, 2013 6:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually I knew Rusty from Cal Poly. We went through the mechanical engineering school together. I graduated and got a job with a local firm (now retired) but Rusty stayed on and went through graduate school. He was interested in working with the internal combustion engine, and actually became obsessed with improving or even perfecting it. He made some great strides in his work and by the time he graduated had a prototype engine that would power a car and get 150 mpg. He got a company to make a few of the cars, which he called Rusty. They sold like hot cakes in California. Later he decided to go national with the car and he and Beaver went into partnership. A lot of car were manufactured over a period of about 3 years, but in the end nobody was interested in a car called Rusty. The company went out of business and I have not heard from Rusty since. I think he did win a Nobel prize or something once, and was maybe even elected president of some small country, but I'm not sure.

     
  • At March 31, 2013 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well I can top all of you because I knew Rusty even before LITB. We grew up together. While it is true that his family did leaave California for a while, he didn't like New Jersy and they came back. Rusty was pretty bored after leaaving LITB so spent all his time in his garage tinkering with things. He built electronic gadgits and finally came up with somethihng, which wouldn't be too impressive today, was actually a computer. I was over at his house one day and he introduced me to two guys he had met who were interested in what he had made. I don't remember their names, but I do remember that they both had the same first name and that one of them was always correcting the way his name was pronounced and the other one's last name was almost unpronouncable. They kept coming by Rusty's garage all the time and getting him to show them how the thing worked. They were pretty clueless, but Rusty was patient with them and explained things over and over until they got it. The three of them eventually started a little company and named it after Rusty's (Larry's) favorite food. The company must have done pretty well, but Rusty became more and more frustrated having to carry the other two guys along so eventually they bought him out. He no doubt ended up with quite a bit of money because he just loafed through life from that time on. He got really creative though and became the first man to sail alone around the world blindfolded, the first man to complete the entire Applachain trail on camel back, and the first man to hop-scoth across the entire state of Rhode Island (still a world's record). Those were his wilder days though and I understand that now he has settled down and has gone back to tinkering again. This time he has developed a interest in health and disease treatments. Will he be coming out with a cure for cancer soon? Wouldn't supprise me!

     
  • At March 31, 2013 5:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well I can top all of you because I knew Rusty even before LITB. We grew up together. While it is true that his family did leaave California for a while, he didn't like New Jersy and they came back. Rusty was pretty bored after leaaving LITB so spent all his time in his garage tinkering with things. He built electronic gadgits and finally came up with somethihng, which wouldn't be too impressive today, was actually a computer. I was over at his house one day and he introduced me to two guys he had met who were interested in what he had made. I don't remember their names, but I do remember that they both had the same first name and that one of them was always correcting the way his name was pronounced and the other one's last name was almost unpronouncable. They kept coming by Rusty's garage all the time and getting him to show them how the thing worked. They were pretty clueless, but Rusty was patient with them and explained things over and over until they got it. The three of them eventually started a little company and named it after Rusty's (Larry's) favorite food. The company must have done pretty well, but Rusty became more and more frustrated having to carry the other two guys along so eventually they bought him out. He no doubt ended up with quite a bit of money because he just loafed through life from that time on. He got really creative though and became the first man to sail alone around the world blindfolded, the first man to complete the entire Applachain trail on camel back, and the first man to hop-scoth across the entire state of Rhode Island (still a world's record). Those were his wilder days though and I understand that now he has settled down and has gone back to tinkering again. This time he has developed a interest in health and disease treatments. Will he be coming out with a cure for cancer soon? Wouldn't supprise me!

     
  • At April 15, 2013 9:38 PM, Blogger Richard Howe said…

    My favorite person on that TV show and my fav episode is when Beaver and Larry take the Go Kart and drive it across town and get ticketed! Larry and Beav made that show and Tony Dow and his pal were close..But Larry and Beav always showed what life was like for 6 - 10 year olds

     
  • At April 17, 2013 7:21 PM, Anonymous Benjy said…

    One time "Larry" and I were planning on going to the local carnival. We didn't have any money, but for some reason he convinced me to start looking around his front lawn. We started finding all kinds of change - enough to go to the carnival - where I won a pearl necklace for my mom. I found out years later that the money we "found" actually came from Eddie and Lumpy. He had come across them kissing behind some billboard that had a big steaming coffee cup on it and he was blackmailing them!
    I lost contact with Larry and was sad to learn years later that he was killed in the Vietnam war.

     
  • At April 25, 2013 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was on the LITB show but didn't have any speaking lines, so never got credited. Rusty and I became good pals and once we went to one of the studios set where HG Wells' "Time Machine" was being filmed. We started messing around with the machine,a and Rusty, being the super intellect he is, figured out how to make the thing work! We could only travel back in time a week or two at first, so we just went back and watched ourselves making LITB episodes. Then Rusty got better at operating it and we went back and saw him being born. That was pretty gross, actually. He told me his father always talked about world war 2 so we finally got good enough to go back that far. We went to an airfield and stowed away on a troop flight and went to England. We were walking down the street and ran into Eisenhower. Rusty asked him if he was going to invade France soon, and he said no. He said he had decided to call it off. So Rusty convinced Eisenhower to go ahead and invade France. We hid away on a landing craft and went ashore with the troops. We got really muddy and were in big trouble when we got back home. Rusty mother said, "just wait 'til your father gets home!" I don't guess she knew at the time that Rusty had saved the world from Natzism!

     
  • At April 26, 2013 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    All you liars need to get off of this blog. What really happened to Rusty is he got really fed up with New Jersey and when he finished high school he got a job and worked all summer and saved up his money. His plan was to buy a car at the end of the summer and go back to California. As it turns out the only car he could afford was an old NYC yellow cab, so he bought it and loaded up all his belongings and drove to California. That is where we reconnected. He started looking for work, but wasn't finding anything. One day he was leaving a job interview when someone hailed him as a taxi. He took the person to the airport and when he let him off another person wanted a ride somewhere. Before long Rusty was in the taxi business. That went along for a couple of weeks until one day he picked up a fare and the passenger said, "didn't you play on LITB when you were a kid?" Rusty said, "yes, I was Larry." The guy asked him if he could take him by Jerry's house, which he did. Then he wanted to go by and see Tony's house and then Ken's. The next day the same guy called and had Rusty take his whole family on the same "tour." Then he started getting calls all the time. He bought up a lot of old taxis and started a business. He made about a zillion dollars or so and then sold the company and moved to Buenos Aires. He married a local girl and had about 18 kids, all whose name were derived from Larry somehow, Larito, Larretta, etc. He bankrolled a tv show called Dejarlo Castor and even had Jerry come down and play an American who gets insulted by Castor (Edwardo put him up to it) when he said he had a face like a pig, or something. The show didn't catch on, but that's was ok. I understand that Rusty sits around all day and is waited on hand and foot by his 18 kids...truly the life he deserves.

     
  • At May 16, 2013 4:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Larry" was indeed an insurance salesman in southern NJ and I believe he is retired now due to health issues. I worked w/ his wife for a few years and Robert WAS my insurance agent. He did not like to talk about his past or LITB. I naasume he is still in the Egg Harbor area, his office was in Mamora, NJ back in the 90's.

     
  • At June 29, 2013 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great show and great acting by all, especially Rusty Stevens.

    I find all the accounts given here a bit amusing.

     
  • At July 25, 2013 11:04 PM, Blogger surferjoe1 said…

    Good news: Oliver Stone has optioned "Apple To The Core: The Rusty Stevens Story" and has pledged to tell the uncensored truth for the first time about America's most enigmatic child actor, even if the CIA kills him for it. Justin Bieber is currently bulking up to play the young Rusty; The Olsen twins, Crispin Glover, and Martin Landau will portray Stevens at different ages. Mathers has signed on to play himself at all ages, and Stevens has put in for time off from Orange Julius to consult.

     
  • At August 17, 2013 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just got done watching an old LITB episode in which Beaver and Larry get sick smoking a pipe.
    Rusty Stevens was one of the best actors on the show and he really came across as a "real kid."
    Whenever he got Beaver into trouble, it was because he wanted to try a new adventure, unlike the Gilbert character, who intentionally tried to get Beaver into trouble.
    Great show, great memories.

     
  • At December 11, 2013 11:52 PM, Anonymous Bill St. Marie Jr. said…

    Rusty is my favorite actor of all the LITB cast. Madge Blake as his mom was genius. "I wish Larry would do these things when his father is home...."

     
  • At December 17, 2013 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I really did spend quality good times with Bob at Penn State in 68-69. Great guy! Tener Hall. Will Never forget the hoagie eating challenge. Beatle White Album. Pinochle. A little foggy, but good memories. hope you're doing well.

     
  • At January 06, 2014 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The real "Russ" Stevens lives in Egg Harbor, NJ. I live on the same block as he and his wife, Teresa.

    Thats all I can say but its true.

     
  • At January 09, 2014 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have Leave it to Beaver on as much as I can find it even tho I've seen most episodes. I don't really concentrate on it, but having it in my background as I do things makes me feel like I'm in a really nice environment.
    Larry is adorable. He has a special way of pronouncing many words that I've not heard anywhere else until lately. There is a really long commercial playing many times a day just now. Wish I could think of what the heck they really are advertising. I rarely know these days. Anyway, the guy rambling on about this product has a low vibrating voice but he pronounces many words the way Larry did. What's the odds it might be him? Even tho the product escapes me and is I think something disgusting, I like listening to it imagining it might be Larry. I wish Rusty wonderful things. gramawphyl

     
  • At May 29, 2014 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Regardless of where Larry (RUSTY) is now, I loved his character on "leave it to Beaver". He was very funny and he played his part well.Wherever you are Larry, you still have fans out there.

     
  • At June 12, 2014 1:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just returned from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Rusty was at the final table of the Senior event. Not sure how he finished because I had to fly back to Indiana. Anyone out there who knows how he finished?

     
  • At July 05, 2014 12:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw Rusty at the World Series of Poker, too. Right before he was declared the winner, he was accused of card counting and subsequently forbidden to enter the casino. He was escorted out in shame by two huge guards who were really rough with him. They must have snagged his sport coat or something, because all of a sudden, there was a scuffle, and then those two guards hit the ground.

    I was in the back of the room, but I heard Mr. Stevens exclaim that he was a 9th degree senior grandmaster in the International Taekwon-Do Federation, and those white devils better keep their hands to themselves if they knew what was good for them.

    The crowd around him parted, and he walked out of the casino into the dark night, like a milkman going out on his route.

     
  • At August 10, 2014 10:15 AM, Anonymous Grandmom from SC said…

    I started watching Leave It to Beaver reruns because The Beaver reminded me of my grandson.
    Must say I enjoyed his side kick Larry just as much as I did The Beaver, and was sorely disappointed when his character was discontinued. Leave it to Beaver is just not the same without Larry. He was so natural he added realism to the show.
    I'm now in the process of trying to order all the episodes he is in on DVD.

     
  • At August 27, 2014 1:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I heard Rusty Stevens kicked Chuck Norris' ass at Studio 54 in the late 1970s

     
  • At August 31, 2014 9:23 PM, Blogger PAPACHULO PADRE FAN FOR LIFE said…

    Did Mr. Stevens come out in the farmers only commercial.

     

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