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Name: Jerry Mathers  
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Date of Birth: 2nd June 1948
Place of Birth: Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Profession: Actor
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Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948) in Sioux City, Iowa, USA), is probably best known for his role in the television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he starred as Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver in a somewhat ideal family. The show became a favorite among families, and continues to be aired on television to this day.

He fought in the Vietnam war, and in 1969 (or 1968; sources differ) incorrect reports of his death were put out by Associated Press and United Press International when a similarly-named soldier was killed.

Mathers also starred in the spin off TV series Still the Beaver (1985), reprising his role as Theodore Cleaver. Early movies included This Is My Love (1954), Men of the Fighting Lady (1954), The Seven Little Foys (1955) and The Trouble with Harry (1955). Unable to keep up with the acting business as he moved into his teenage years, Mathers retired from it to concentrate on school. He suffered from dyslexia in his early life.

Mathers later graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. He began a quite successful career in real-estate development and banking. In order to pay for this, he used his savings from his acting career. Afterwards he was a member of the Air Force's 22nd Air National Guard.

In 1978 he reentered the entertainment business. He has since starred in "Better Luck Tomorrow" (2002) and "Playing Patti" (1998). He has also been in "Sexual Malice" (1994), "Down the Drain" (1990), and "It's Howdy Doody Time" (1987).

He was awarded his D.D.S. from UCLA in 1992, and has practiced dentistry in the Hollywood area for the last decade. Among his clients are rumored to be Paula Abdul, Jerry Falwell, and Ken Osmond who played alongside Jerry Mathers in Leave It To Beaver as the wise-guy, insult-champ Eddie Haskell.

Today, he is a highly requested speaker at national conventions about the emotional state of the American family, using the fabled Cleavers from his early television career. He is also the father of three children: two daughters, Mercedes and Gretchen, and a son, Noah Mathers, who is currently in the United States Navy and has done some sound work with various movies. He was married twice, although is now divorced from both.

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