Tony Dow Leave it to Beaver star dead at 77


Tony Dow Leave it to Beaver star dead at 77: Tony Dow noted for his role as Wally Cleaver on “Leave it to Beaver,” has died at the age of 77.

The actor Dow passed away early on Tuesday morning, according to a statement sent by the actor’s management team.

On Facebook, Frank Bilotta and Renee James broke the news that their “loving Tony” had passed away that morning. They wrote, “It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you the demise of our beloved Tony this morning.”

“Tony had a wonderful spirit; he was caring, hilarious, and humble all at the same time. Simply being in his presence brought a smile to my face. His soft tone and modest demeanor quickly put people at ease, and it was impossible not to fall in love with him. The world has lost an incredible human being, but the memories that he has left behind have made all of our lives more meaningful. Thank you, Tony, from everyone who has fond memories of Wally Cleaver, including those of us who had the good fortune to know him personally. And we are grateful for the memories that you brought back of a more carefree era, the laughing, the companionship, and the sense that you were like an older brother to each of us. We shall think of you often.

No information regarding the cause of death was provided.

Just one month after Dow celebrated his 77th birthday, his wife, Lauren Shulkind, shared the news that her husband’s cancer had returned in the month of May.

Shulkind stated in an email to Tony Dow’s friends and admirers at the time, “Dear friends and fans of Tony Dow, I have some very terrible news to share with you.” “Unfortunately, it has been determined that Tony suffers from cancer once more. He is facing this harsh reality with such incredible bravery, but it is just hurting my heart to watch him do it. We would like to express our gratitude to you in advance for your thoughtfulness. Our Love, Lauren & Tony.”

During his formative years, Dow appeared in episodes of “Leave It to Beaver” with adult actors such as Jerry Mathers, Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, and Ken Osmond. The sitcom made its debut on CBS and ran there for a total of six seasons before moving to ABC.

Both the reunion show “Still the Beaver” and the show’s sequel series, “The New Leave It to Beaver,” featured the actor’s participation.

In addition to that, Dow was famous for his performances in the television series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Babylon 5.”