Gee Wally, That’s Swell! Behind The Scenes With Leave It To Beaver

Jerry Mathers Got The Role Of “The Beaver” In A Creative Way

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Sometimes keeping it real does not always get you where you need to be, but it can be helpful in some scenarios. The way Mathers got the gig was honest, as expected for a young kid, but if someone older might have attempted to pull off what he did, we’re not sure what would have happened. Now while Mathers had extensive acting experience in commercials and movies before being cast as the Beaver, that’s not necessarily why he got the role.

Show developers Joe Connelly and Bob Mosher cast Mathers for good enough reasons. In one of his auditions, Mathers showed up in his Cub Scout uniform (he had a meeting right after) and said he would much rather be there than auditioning for this gig. His candidness was exactly what they were looking for and he was hired.