American film producer, director, sculptor Tony Dow Death and Obituary – Cause of Death
Tony Lee Dow is an American film producer, director, sculptor and television actor. He is best known for his role on the TV sitcom “Leave it to the Beaver,” which ran in primetime from 1957 to 1963. Dow plays Wally Cleaver, the eldest son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward (played by Hugh Beaumont) Cleaver, and brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).
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Dow was born in Hollywood, California to designer and general contractor John Stevens Dow, Jr. (1908-1987) and stunt actress Muriel Virginia Dow (née Montrose) (May 1906). 27 – April 30, 2001) doubled down on early Westerns and Clara Bowes’ Hollywood films. Dow trained in swimming in his youth and was a junior Olympic gold medalist in diving.  Without any acting experience, he won the role of Wally Cleaver in a casting that was reserved for the Beavers.
Dow appeared in “Leave it to the Beaver” for six years until the series ended in 1963. Then he appeared on other TV shows, including my three sons, Dr. Kildare, the greatest show on earth, Never Too Young and Mr. Novak’s five episodes in three different roles. He then interrupted his acting career by serving in the National Guard from 1965 to 1968. After his return to show business, he made cameo appearances on the TV series Adam 12, Americano, Knight Rider, Square Nail, Defense Squad, Hardy Boys and Emergency!
In the 1970s, Dow continued to perform while working in the construction industry and studying journalism and filmmaking.
From 1983 to 1989, Dow reprised the role of Wally Cleaver in a reunion film made for television and the subsequent series A New For Beavers.
In 1987, he received the Young Artists Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award from the Young Artists Foundation for his portrayal of Wally Cleaver.
Dow’s last screen appearance was in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: The Former Child Actor.
In April 2019, Dow was caught promoting classics like “Leaving it to the Beaver” on the MeTV network.