October 8, 2003 by

Stanley Fafara

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Categories: Actors, Criminals

Stanley Fafara, a child actor on the TV show, ”Leave It to Beaver,” died on Sept. 20 from complications of hernia surgery. He was 54.
When he was four years old, Fafara’s mother got him an agent who placed him in vitamin and milk commercials. After appearing in an episode of “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” Fafara and his brother Tiger answered an open casting call for “Leave It to Beaver.” They were both hired. From 1957 to 1969, Fafara played Hubert “Whitey” Whitney, and Tiger played the character, “Tooey.”
After the show ended, Fafara attended North Hollywood High School, where he developed a drug and alcohol habit. He played music in Hollywood clubs and befriended members of the rock band, Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Drug addiction was eventually Fafara’s downfall. In the 1980s, he was arrested and jailed for breaking into pharmacies. When he was released, he worked several odd jobs and then became a drug dealer to support his habit. Fafara finally got clean at a detox center in 1995 then spent the rest of his life in a Portland apartment, where he survived on Social Security checks.

5 Responses to Stanley Fafara

  1. Steve Dewey

    I went to a Luteran school with Stan for several years in North Hollywood , California.. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. We were friends.
    Steve

  2. Phyllis Zrebiec

    I moved from La Jolla,Ca and met Stan when I was enrolled in the 11th grade at North Hollywood High, we dated for 6 months and saw the Righteous Brothers whom he introduced me to then and like all teenagers hung out and had a great time until I left to go to another school. I talked with him after many years in 1997 and he had left the drugs and everything behind and was very nice and very happy with his life! He remembered who I was and was pretty funny in talking about the dates we went on. He’s happy now and was a very nice person!!!

  3. Terry

    For the 1st time in years, I watched an episode of LITB today, and afterward searched the web. I learned of Stanley’s death just now. I am interested in how he cleaned up his act in 1995. He had a religious conversion – maybe became a Christian through an AA program or something similiar. I read an email chain exchanged between Stan and the guy who put up http://www.leaveittobeaver.org/whitey_interview.htm. I want to be a better person now. Stan became a better person after a hard life. I also read about Hugh Beaumont. He was a methodist minister, and led a good full life after LITB ended. What a contrast between their lives here on earth. I want to see them both in heaven in eternity, when our brief days of this earthly sojourn will be forgotten, and we gaze on the Glory of Christ.

  4. johnrunion

    leave it to beaver is my all time favorite television series. i have watched the series all of my life. the characters are like people i actually know. it is always a good when eddie, whitey or larry enter a scene. along with rusty stevens’ character larry mondello, stanley’s whitey whitney are my favorites of the beaver’s many friends. stanley was great on the series. he is always a joy to watch. he is so real. he had a great smile. he had a great way of delivering his lines. there is a roy rogers gun-in-the hat toy commercial on youtube fetauring stanley. he expresses the same appeal there as well. i was saddened to learn of of the years he was involved in the drug culture. i was glad to read that he had gone clean. it was very sad also to read of his passing on the crawl at the bottom of the screen on CNN. it was like losing a childhood friend. thank you stanley for being such a big part of my childhood. john

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