Jerry Mathers rose to fame as a youngster thanks to his role in “Leave it to Beaver.” The actor played “The Beaver,” the young man around whom so many of the show’s episodes revolved. Fans will know that “The Beaver’s” given name was Theodore Cleaver.
So, how does being a child star pay off later in life? Well, for Mathers it has paid to the tune of approximately $3 million. That amount has been reported by CelebrityNetWorth.com. These millions have come from his work as an actor on television. He has also had roles in movies and on the stage.
According to the website, the boy who would become “The Beaver” was born on June 2, 1948. His given name was Gerald Patrick Mathers, but he went by Jerry. His birthplace was Sioux City, Iowa. He began his tenure on “Leave it to Beaver” in 1957. The show’s television run lasted until 1963.
The show was a hit and that success prompted the character to return to the screen two decades after “Leave it to Beaver” originally left the airwaves. That return was “Still the Beaver.” It was a movie that appeared on the Disney Channel in 1983. Two years later, according to the website, Mathers played “The Beaver” again. This time it was in the television series “New Leave it to Beaver.” This show aired from 1985 until 1989.
Before “Leave it to Beaver,” Jerry Mathers played a role in an Alfred Hitchcock movie. That film was “The Trouble with Harry.” It was released in 1955. It also starred John Forsythe and Shirley MacLaine.
You can watch the trailer for “The Trouble With Harry” below.
‘Leave it to Beaver’ Star’s Later Career Was Not as Successful as His Early Years
As an adult, Jerry Mathers could not repeat the success of “Leave it to Beaver.” CelebrityNetWorth.com reports that he has had only minor roles in movies and television. His roles in movies include performances in “Better Luck Tomorrow” during 2002. He also played himself in the 2006 “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” movie.
As an adult, Mathers had to battle some very serious health issues. In fact, during the 1990s he was told that he only had seven years to live if he didn’t take steps to manage his Type 2 Diabetes.
“Yes, I started my acting career at a very young age. I have had numerous phenomenal life experiences that included television, movies, theater, college education, a stint in the Air Force Reserve, and many business ventures,” Mathers reportedly said in 2013. “In my 40’s, I was putting on a lot of weight. I was eating all the time. In the mid-1990s, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I was told that I would be dead in seven years if I didn’t change my lifestyle. A wonderful doctor helped me, and I listened to her. I started taking care of my health with weight loss, exercise, and changing my lifestyle. Most (importantly), I wanted to start helping others.”