Nickname of Clarence Rutherford (Frank Bank), the friend of Wally Cleaver (Tony Dow) on the sitcom LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/CBS/ABC/1957-63.
Originally, Clarence was a bully who picked on the Cleaver kids on their way home from school. His neighborhood name “Lumpy” was a reference to the “lumps” he gave the local kids when he caught them. His hulking body and stupid facial expressions matched his nickname perfectly.
Once the Cleaver boys, Wally and his younger brother, Beaver (Jerry Mathers) placed barrel hoops on the driveway of Lumpy’s house hoping to trip him when he ran after them. Unfortunately, the hoops caught Lumpy’s father, Fred Rutherford (Richard Deacon) instead. When Lumpy’s father discovered the reason why the kids pulled their prank, he disciplined Clarence for being a bully.
Later, Lumpy became friends with Wally Cleaver and was a featured regular on the revival series STILL THE BEAVER/DIS/1985-86 and THE NEW LEAVE IT TO BEAVER/TBS/1986-89.
Note: Born on April 12, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, Frank Bank (aka “Lumpy”) died on April 13, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. He was 71.
Lumpy was also the nickname of public defender Rosie O’Neill (Sharon Gless) bestowed by her childhood friend Victoria Lindman (Tyne Daly) on the law drama THE TRIALS OF ROSIE O’NEILL/CBS/1990-92.
In the film Scrooged (1988), Bill Murray played Mr. Cross, an insensitive, venal television executive who long ago lost the spirit of Xmas. In his more innocent days, his girlfriend (Karen Allen) called him “Lumpy.”
In the movie remake of Leave It To Beaver (1994), Justin Restivo played the role of Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford.