Anthony Lee Dow was an American actor, film producer, director, and sculptor who lived from April 13, 1945, until July 27, 2022. From 1957 to 1963, he played Wally Cleaver in the enduring television sitcom Leave It to Beaver. Dow played Wally again in a television movie and The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983 to 1989.
The year 1945 saw the birth of Tony Lee Dow in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. His mother Muriel was a stuntwoman in early Western movies who also acted as Clara Bow’s film duplicate, and his father John was a designer and general constructor. Dow practiced swimming as a child and later won the Junior Olympics diving medal.
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American actor, director, and sculptor Tony Dow has a $4 million dollar fortune. Tony Dow is most known for his role as Wally Cleaver, the oldest son, on the 1957–1963 television sitcom “Leave it to Beaver.”
After that, he appeared as a main character on the adolescent soap opera “Never Too Young” and had cameos on several other shows, including “Mr. Novak” and “Square Pegs.” Later in his career, Dow took a seat in front of the camera to helm episodes of programs including “Coach” and “Babylon 5”.
Dow’s acting career started when he attended an open casting call and was offered the part of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver. Prior to that, he had only performed on stage a bit and in two television pilots.
He played the older brother of main character Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver and the son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward (played by Hugh Beaumont) Cleaver from 1957 to 1963, with the exception of the television pilot (played by Jerry Mathers).
Following Leave it to Beaver, Dow guest-starred in three separate parts on five episodes of Mr. Novak as well as My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, The Greatest Show on Earth, and Never Too Young.
He put his acting career on hold to serve in the US National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He made a cameo appearance in the television shows Adam-12, Love, American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys, and Emergency after getting back into acting.
Dow kept performing throughout the 1970s while working in construction, going to school for journalism, and making movies.
He played Wally from Leave it to Beaver in the 1977 parody The Kentucky Fried Movie, which starred Jerry Zucker as Beaver.
The New Leave It to Beaver, a follow-up series for which Dow authored an episode in 1986, was a television movie reunion that ran from 1983 to 1989 and included Dow reprising his role as Wally Cleaver. He received the Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award from the Young Artist Foundation in 1987 for his portrayal of Wally Cleaver.
With a The New Lassie episode, Dow made his directorial debut in 1989. Episodes of Coach, Babylon 5, Crusade, Get a Life, Harry and the Hendersons, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Get a Life followed. The visual effects supervisor for Babylon 5 was Dow. He created the visual effects for the FOX television film Doctor Who in 1996.
Additionally, in 1995 and 1996, Dow co-produced It Came from Outer Space II and The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space.
Dow was a multi-talented artist who produced abstract bronze sculptures in addition to her work in acting, directing, producing, and writing. Regarding his work, he said: “The abstract figures are intended to convey the truth of the interactions as I perceive and experience them rather than to represent reality.
Each piece is created from the wood I find in the hills of Topanga Canyon. I use the lost wax process to create nine bronzes in a limited edition from molds of the original burl sculpture.”
Dow was selected as one of three sculptors to display their work at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition in the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris, France, in December 2008.
He represented the artists from the Karen Lynne Gallery who made up the delegation from the United States. His abstract piece, “Unarmed Warrior,” a bronze statue of a woman holding a shield, was displayed at the mall in Paris.
In June 1969, Dow wed Carol Marlow; their union lasted till 1978. In 1973, their lone child was born. Dow married Lauren Shulkind in June 1980.
Dow admitted to having experienced clinical depression in the 1990s. Later, he appeared in self-help films describing this struggle, such as 1998’s Beating the Blues. In 2021, Dow also need hospitalization for pneumonia.