Tony Dow, known as Wally Cleaver on the popular “Leave It To Beaver” television show, died at the age of 77.
Dow’s death was confirmed after a premature report earlier in the week that mistakenly claimed he had died.
Tony Dow, ‘Leave It to Beaver’ star, dead at 77, son confirms: ‘He is in a better place’ https://t.co/RqdDh0ePGn
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“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey,” Dow’s Facebook page said on Wednesday.
“We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many. One fan said it best — ‘It is rare when there is a person who is so universally loved like Tony,’” it added.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 27, 2022
His son’s tribute
Dow’s son Christopher Down shared his own tribute following the announcement.
“Although this is a very sad day, I have comfort and peace that he is in a better place. He was the best Dad anyone could ask for. He was my coach, my mentor, my voice of reason, my best friend, my best man in my wedding, and my hero,” he said.
“My wife said something powerful and shows the kind of man he was. She said: ‘Tony was such a kind man. He had such a huge heart and I’ve never heard Tony say a bad or negative thing about anyone,’” he added.
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In addition to his many seasons as the Beaver’s older brother, Dow served as an actor in a variety of roles, as well as the director of films.
Dow’s death marks the end of a simpler time in television that many people will greatly miss as they mourn his passing.