Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Update on Tony Dow, 77, Wally from “Leave it to Beaver” Not Dead But Gravely Ill in Home Hospice


Tony Dow, the actor who played Wally Cleaver as a teenager in “Leave it to Beaver,” is gravely ill and in hospice. There was an erroneous report of his death. His mangers posted a death announcement to Facebook without verification.

His son Christopher updated the situation on Tuesday night.

“This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My wife and I are by his side along with many friends that have visited. He has a fighting heart.”

Dow has been battling cancer for at least the last year.

“Leave it to Beaver” is a touchstone to anyone over 60 years old. Despite its sugary homespun lessons, “Beaver” struck a chord when there were just three TV stations and the whole world concentrated on a few stories. Where the younger Beaver (Jerry Mathers) was getting in and out of childhood scrapes, Dow’s Wally was the budding teen that a lot of kids could relate to.

Dow went on to add more acting credits in the 60s when “Beaver” finished its run and eventually became an artist. But his days as Wally will always be remembered with affection.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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