‘Leave it to Beaver’: Happy Birthday to Judy Hensler Actress Jeri Weil

by Jennifer Shea

Today Jeri Weil, the actress who played Judy Hensler on the CBS sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” turns 73. The former child actress also appeared in “The New Leave It to Beaver” in 1987.

In that 1987 episode, “The Bruise Brothers,” Weil played Judy Hensler Benton. Her son is bullying Ollie Cleaver. In the original “Leave It to Beaver,” Weil played a smarmy teacher’s pet who irritated Beaver and his friends.

Aside from her 1987 appearance in “The New Leave It to Beaver,” Weil stopped acting after her turn on “Leave It to Beaver.” She went on to become a Los Angeles-area realtor, according to IMDb.

‘Leave It to Beaver’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

Ward Cleaver actor Hugh Beaumont later became a Christmas tree farmer before he died of a heart attack in 1982, per Closer Weekly. June Cleaver actress Barbara Billingsley went on to appear in the movie “Airplane” and to supply the voice of Nanny on “Muppet Babies.” She died in 2010 at age 94 of polymyalgia, an inflammatory disorder.

Wally Cleaver actor Tony Dow also appeared in “The New Leave It to Beaver.” Then he moved into directing, helming episodes of such shows as “Coach,” “Babylon 5” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” Eddie Haskell actor Ken Osmond died last May of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 76. He had appeared in “The New Leave It to Beaver” alongside his son Eric.

The Beaver actor Jerry Mathers had a varied career. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, worked as a loan officer at a bank, appeared on stage in dinner theater productions and even became a disc jockey before he returned to TV with “The New Leave It to Beaver.”

Child Stars on the Show Had It Good

“Leave It to Beaver” was a very family-oriented set, Mathers told Closer Weekly in 2019. The writers and producers were used to dealing with kids. And they populated the set with similarly kid-friendly people.

Mathers said the kids of “Leave It to Beaver” fared pretty well. They didn’t have to deal with the excesses of fame that teen heartthrobs or adult stars often do. And they enjoyed the perks of their moderate celebrity. Fortunately for them, none of the child stars of the show had showbiz parents who were trying to take advantage of their kids’ careers.

“People don’t pay a lot of attention to kids,” Mathers said. “Some people would recognize me on the street, but not that many. It was just a really good life. I had a great education and I got to do some fabulous things, like getting a private tour of the Smithsonian. Any place we went, we were singled out pretty much and got great treatment. Just a fantastic life for a kid.”

So the kids of “Leave It to Beaver” did not suffer the child star syndrome that many other Hollywood tykes have endured. And Weil, who went on to a stable career as a realtor, would seem to be a case in point.