Tony Dow of ‘Leave it to Beaver’ In Hospice; Management Team Issues Retraction


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Update July 27: Tony Dow has passed away at the age of 77, per his management team and son.

Update July 26: Hours after initially announcing that actor/director Tony Dow had passed away, his management team removed the post from social media and has since issued a statement explaining the situation.

The update:

This morning Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked that we notify all his fans. As we are sure you can understand, this has been a very trying time for her. We have since received a call from Tony’s daughter-in-law saying that while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed. Tony’s son Christopher and his daughter-in-law Melissa have also been by his side comforting him, and we will keep you posted on any future updates..

URGENT UPDATE:This morning Tony's wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked…

Posted by Tony Dow on Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Dow’s son, Christopher, issued another update on his Facebook page on Tuesday:

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.

An Update from Christopher Dow:This is a difficult time. Dad is at home, under hospice care, and in his last hours. My…

Posted by Tony Dow on Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Dow’s management team had originally shared the the following statement:

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this 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. 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.

Frank Bilotta and Renee James- Tony’s Management Team & Dear Friends

A recent update on Dow’s Facebook page detailed his ongoing fight with cancer, which had returned in early May.

Dow played Wally Cleaver on Leave it to Beaver from 1957-1963, coming back in the mid-1980s to reprise the role in a spinoff.

Outside of his acting roles, which continued over the years until his last on-screen credit in 2003 comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, Dow took up sculpting from his home in Topanga Canyon in Southern California.   Here’s a link to Tony Dow’s art page at The Bilotta Gallery in Deerfield Beach Florida:  Tony Dow Art

May Tony Dow rest in peace.



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