Tony Dow, the actor and director best remembered for his portrayal as Wally Cleaver’s older brother on “Leave It to Beaver,” died Tuesday morning, but Dow’s management company has already withdrawn the message from his verified Facebook account.
When Dow’s wife, Lauren Dow, spoke to his old friend Judy Twersky at 3:30 p.m. ET, she said he was still alive. Twersky was informed by Lauren Dow that he is still alive and undergoing hospice treatment. When her husband’s management team issued an earlier statement, Dow wasn’t sure what had happened, Twersky told.
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“Leave It to Beaver” made him a household name when he was just 12 years old. Through her portrayal of Dow, who helped popularise the suburban nuclear family, she became a household name for countless numbers of people. From 1957 through 1963, the show was on air.
When CBS Sunday Morning interviewed him in January, Dow described how he learned he had been granted the role after he had auditioned on a whim. It seemed as if he had just lost his entire existence.
Cleaver’s straight-arrow son Wally became inexorably linked to Dow after the latter revealed he had difficulty standing on his own. At the age of 18, he told CBS, “It’s unfortunate that nothing has happened for me because I was famous at 12 years old or something.”
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It wasn’t until the 1980s and 1990s that celebrities began to openly discuss their mental health issues, and Dow was one of the first to do so publicly. Honorary speaker for National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association’s conference in 1993.
In 1993, he told the Baltimore Sun, “I recognize there’s a perceived irony about this.” “Even though I appeared in a television show that was supposed to represent the supposedly ideal world of the 1950s, I’m depressed. Then again, I’m just one of the countless others.”
In an interview, Dow said he found optimism after accepting his diagnosis and beginning treatment. He also turned his optimism into art, creating elaborate sculptures in his own home workshop. According to him, “people should believe that they can feel better” and “take the leap of faith”.
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In the 1980s, Dow starred in “The New Leave It to Beaver,” which he reprised in the following year. Along with this, he’s directed episodes of Harry and the Hendersons, Coach, and Deep Space Nine of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
At the beginning of this month, Jerry Mathers, who co-starred with Dow in the hit comedy Beaver, told fans that he’d been in touch with Dow, who’d reportedly been “in and out of the hospital” with various difficulties and treatments.
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