Born In: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Tony Dow aws an American actor, director, producer, and sculptor, best known for portraying Wally Cleaver in the popular television sitcom ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ He won the ‘Young Artist Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his role in ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ He was also famous for playing supporting roles in films like ‘The Kentucky Fried Movie,’ ‘Back to the Beach,’ and ‘Death Scream.’ Dow's film career was interrupted from 1965 to 1968 when he served in the ‘United States National Guard.’ During the 1970s, he worked in the construction industry and also studied filmmaking and journalism. As a producer, he bankrolled a couple of television movies, namely ‘The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space’ and ‘It Came from Outer Space II.’ He also directed several episodes of a number of television series, such as ‘Coach,’ ‘The New Leave It to Beaver,’ ‘Harry and the Hendersons,’ ‘Swamp Thing,’ ‘Babylon 5,’ and ‘Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family.’
Also Known As: Tony Lee Dow
Died At Age: 77
Spouse/Ex-: Lauren Shulkind (m. 1980), Carol Marlow (m. 1969–1980)
father: John Stevens
mother: Muriel Montrose
children: Christopher Dow
Born Country: United States
place of death: Topanga, California, U.S.
Diseases & Disabilities: Clinical Depression
U.S. State: California
City: Los Angeles
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Though he had no previous acting experience, he landed the role of Wally Cleaver after attending an audition held by the makers of the television sitcom ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ He played Cleaver from 1957 to 1963, appearing in 234 episodes. His performance in the series was appreciated by critics and commoners alike. Subsequently, he became a household name in the United States.
In 1983, he reprised his role as Wally Cleaver in ‘The New Leave It to Beaver’ which is a sequel to the original series, ‘Leave It to Beaver.’ The sequel was aired from March 19, 1983 to June 4, 1989 and Dow reprised his role from 1983 to 1989, appearing in 101 episodes. He also directed five episodes of the series. Meanwhile, he appeared in other television series, such as ‘The New Mike Hammer,’ ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Jesse Hawkes,’ and ‘Charles in Charge.’
Dow returned to acting in 1998 when he played an important role in Adam Friedman-directed documentary film ‘Playing Patti.’ The following year, he directed an episode titled ‘Field of Fire’ in the popular TV series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.’ He then directed a couple of episodes of ‘TNT’ network’s series ‘Crusade.’ In 2000, he directed a TV movie documentary titled ‘Child Stars: Their Story.’
During the last few years of his life, Dow worked as a modern-art sculptor. In December 2008, one of his sculptures was displayed at ‘Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts’ in Paris, France. His bronze sculpture displayed in Paris was titled ‘Unarmed Warrior.’
Tony Dow’s father, John Stevens Dow, Jr. worked as a general contractor and designer. His mother, Muriel Virginia Dow, was a stunt performer who worked as actress Clara Bow’s body double.
Dow dated Carol Marie Theresa Marlow before marrying her on June 14, 1969. On March 26, 1973, Marlow and Dow were blessed with a son named Christopher T. Dow. After divorcing Carol Marlow on March 10, 1980, Dow married Lauren Shulkind on June 16, 1980. Dow and Shulkind had a child.
In May 2022, Tony Dow was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died on July 27, 2022, at at his home in Topanga, California.
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