‘Leave it to Beaver’ star Tony Dow dies aged 77
Actor and director Tony Dow, 77, best known for his role as older brother Wally Cleaver in the comedy television series ‘Leave it to Beaver’, died on Tuesday, CNN reported.
“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” Dow managers Frank Bilotta and Renee James said in a statement, reported by CNN. “Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His soft voice and unassuming manner were immediately heartwarming and you couldn’t help to like.”
Although the cause of death was not immediately reported, Dow and his wife, Lauren, announced on Facebook in May that he was diagnosed with cancer.
“I have some very sad news to share with you,” the May 5 post read in part. “Sadly, Tony has been diagnosed with cancer again. He approaches this reality with such courage, but it is truly heartbreaking. We want to thank you in advance for your kind thoughts.”
In a July 20 post, his management team said the actor was “in and out” of the hospital with “complications and treatments” from his battle with the disease.
“He and Lauren have tried to maintain a positive spirit, even though sometimes it proves difficult,” the post read. “The outpouring of love and concern from all of you is certainly helping to alleviate this, and for that we thank you. We’ll post again when there’s more to report. Until then, keep sending us good thoughts.”
Born April 13, 1945 in Hollywood, California, Dow appeared as an actor in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in 1993, as well as in Babylon 5 the same year. according to the International Movie Database.
He also appeared on a variety of shows as the lead character “Wally Cleaver” for a 1977 episode of the ABC television anthology series, “The Love Boat”, and in the revival of “The New Leave it to Beaver”. in 1983, according to IMDB.
In addition to his acting and directing credits, Dow was a sculptor of modern art, and was represented exclusively by the Karen Lynne Gallery in Beverly Hills and had one of his pieces accepted in 2008 at the National Society of Beaux-Arts, a 150-year-old art exhibition. at the famous Louvre in Paris, France, according to his biography on IMDB.
Dow married his second wife, Lauren Carol Shulkind, in 1980, and was the father of her son, Christopher, 49, from his first marriage to Carol Marie Theresa Marlow from 1969 to 1980.
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