Tim Allen Explains Why He Thought of Himself as ‘Eddie Haskell’ from ‘Leave It to Beaver’

by Matthew Wilson
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Tim Allen is known for two highly successful sitcoms. But in real life, he said his younger self was more like Eddie Haskell from the popular sitcom “Leave it to Beaver.”

Haskell, of course, was a bit of a trouble maker on the sitcom. He was always convincing his friends to get into antics, not unlike Allen’s sitcom character. But Allen had a tragic real-life reason for why he compared himself to the character.

After Allen’s father died, the future actor started getting in trouble. While he appeared well mannered on the surface, Allen waited for adults’ backs to turn. Growing up, Allen was a bit of a trickster and also a thief.

“After my old man died, I really just played games with people. And told adults what they wanted to hear and then stole their booze,” Allen said, according to Fox News. “Really I was Eddie Haskell [from ‘Leave it to Beaver’]: ‘Yes, Mrs. Cleaver. No, Mrs. Cleaver.’ I knew exactly what adults wanted — make your bed, be polite, use a napkin — and then I’d go steal everything in the house.”

Eventually, Allen wound up in prison and later went on the path of the straight and narrow, becoming an actor.

Eddie Haskell and Alice Cooper

But perhaps, a lot of people saw a bit of themselves in Eddie Haskell from “Leave It to Beaver” when they were growing up. Allen should probably watch out when saying he related to Eddie Haskell, least fans misinterpret and believe he actually starred on the sitcom as a child. That’s exactly what happened to rock star Alice Cooper because of an interview.

During a sit down with a college newspaper, Cooper said, “I was obnoxious, disgusting, a real Eddie Haskell.” 

Cooper’s words got misinterpreted. And as a result, an urban legend started around the rock star that he actually starred on the sitcom. Things got so bad that Cooper had a tee-shirt made up, insisting that he didn’t actually star on the show and that fans were mistaken.

As for the character  Eddie Haskell, he eventually mellowed out himself with age. Haskell reappeared on the sequel TV show “The New Leave It to Beaver” during the 1980s. Played by Ken Osmond, Haskell had become both a married man and also a suburban father as well, leaving his mischievous younger days behind.

Likewise, Allen usually only gets into trouble these days when he’s playing his sitcom character Mike Baxter.

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