Tony Dow, best known for portraying Wally Cleaver on TV’s Leave It To Beaver, has died at age 77.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” reads an entry on Dow’s Facebook page, posted Tuesday morning. “Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him. The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us.”
The statement continues, “From the warm reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to those of us fortunate enough to know him personally – thank you Tony. And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and for the feeling that you were a big brother to us all. We will miss you.” The post was signed, “Frank Bilotta and Renee James- Tony’s Management Team & Dear Friends.”
In addition to playing one of pop culture’s most iconic older brothers — a role he played from 1957 to 1963, then reprised in The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983 to 1989 — Dow’s career included high-profile appearances on shows like Diagnosis Murder, Knight Rider, Lassie and Mod Squad.
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