Kaleena Kiff (born October 23, 1974) is an American actress, producer, and director. Kiff is best known for her roles in the sitcoms Love, Sidney and The New Leave It to Beaver.

Kaleena Kiff
Born (1974-10-23) October 23, 1974 (age 45)
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1980–present


Born in Santa Monica, California, Kiff began acting in the early 1980s. In 1982, she appeared in the NBC comedy Love, Sidney as Patti Morgan opposite Tony Randall and Swoosie Kurtz. In 1984, she landed the role of Kelly Cleaver, daughter of Wally (Tony Dow) and Mary Ellen Cleaver (Janice Kent) and later, older sister to Kevin Cleaver (Troy Davidson) in the 1985 revival series The New Leave It to Beaver. After the series ended in 1989, Kiff acted sporadically in mainly bit roles

In 2008, she produced the musical short E vuoto per amore (He Is Empty for Love), directed by Galen Fletcher, screened at the Red Rock Film Festival.[1] In 2008 she directed a short film titled Alice & Huck, starring Allison Mack from the TV series Smallville. The short won three accolades at The Big Easy Shorts Festival: Best director (for herself), Best Editing, and Best Drama.[2] She co-created and directed the first five episodes of the online science-fiction/fantasy webseries Riese: Kingdom Falling which aired in 2009.[3]

In 2014 Kiff produced the comedy thriller film The Legend of Barney Thomson (originally titled The Long Midnight of Barney Thomson.[4][5]


Year Film Role Notes
1987 Jaws: The Revenge Additional Voices
1988 Oliver & Company Additional Voices
1990 Ghost Dad Additional Voices
2005 When Jesse Was Born
Executive producer
2007 Locked Out
2008 Alice & Huck
Short film; director, producer
He Is Empty for Love
2014 Death Do Us Part
2015 The Legend of Barney Thomson
Year Title Role Notes
1980 The Jeffersons Liza 1 episode
1981 Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend Patti Morgan Television movie
1981–83 Love, Sidney Patti Morgan 44 episodes
1983 Still the Beaver Kelly Cleaver Television movie
Memorial Day Kara Television movie
An Uncommon Love Lindsay Television movie
Family Ties Young Mallory 1 episode
1984 Three's Company Muffit 1 episode
Pole Position Daisy (Voice) 13 episodes
1985 Down to Earth Roxanne 1 episode
1984–89 The New Leave It to Beaver Kelly Cleaver 100 episodes
1986 Headin' Home for the Holidays Jenny Television movie
Credited as Helena Kiff
1987 Popeye and Son Dee Dee (Voice) Unknown episodes
1991 Never Forget Student Television movie
2005 Smallville Warehouse Worker 1 episode
2008 Supernatural Female victim 1 episode

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Series
1983 Young Artist Award Nominated Best Young Actress in a Comedy Series Love, Sidney
1988 Won Best Young Actress in a Cable Series or Special The New Leave It to Beaver


  1. ^ "E Vuoto Per Amore (He is Empty for Love)". redrockfilmfestival.bside.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ "2008 Big Easy Shorts Festival Award Winners". bigeasyfilmfestivals.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  3. ^ "Riese the Series". Archived from the original on 2010-11-03.
  4. ^ Dave McNary (January 31, 2014). "Berlin: Emma Thompson Starring in 'Long Midnight of Barney Thomson'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-11.
  5. ^ Leo Barraclough (June 4, 2014). "U.K.'s Icon Film Distribution Acquires Four Films". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-11.

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