Tony Dow, finest identified for his position as massive brother Wally within the basic TV sitcom “Go away It to Beaver,” has died. He was 77.
His administration staff introduced the information of his passing on his official Fb web page Tuesday morning.
“It’s with a particularly heavy coronary heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning,” the submit learn.
“Tony was a fantastic soul — form, compassionate, humorous and humble. It was really a pleasure to only be round him. His light voice and unpretentious method was instantly comforting and you might not assist however love him. The world has misplaced a tremendous human being, however we’re all richer for the reminiscences that he has left us.”
The submit —written by Frank Bilotta and Renee James, who managed the star and known as themselves “expensive pals” — additionally thanked followers for his or her assist.
“From the nice and cozy reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to these of us lucky sufficient to know him personally — thanks Tony. And thanks for the reflections of an easier time, the laughter, the friendship and for the sensation that you just have been a giant brother to us all.
We are going to miss you.”
He’s survived by his spouse, Lauren, and two kids.
A explanation for loss of life was not instantly given.
The actor, who performed Wally Cleaver on the enduring ’50s sitcom, introduced he was recognized with most cancers on Might 5.
His spouse shared the information and thanked followers for his or her prayers, however didn’t disclose the kind of most cancers Dow was battling, in response to TMZ.
The Hollywood native’s well being points first surfaced in August 2021 when he was briefly hospitalized with pneumonia.
“Tony’s spirit is optimistic,” Lauren wrote on Fb final yr. “He will get his each day train by strolling the corridors together with his nurse. If he may solely eliminate that darn cough. It’s going to take a while.”
She famous on the time that he had a “violent cough” that was “inflicting pains on the highest of his head” on the time.
Dow starred as Wally, the older brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) in the course of the present’s unique run from 1957 to 1963 for six seasons.
He later reprised his position within the sitcom sequel, “The New Go away It to Beaver,” in 1983. The present aired for 4 seasons till 1989. The brand new sequence adopted the Cleaver youngsters as adults and coping with their household points.
Other than “Go away It to Beaver,” Dow additionally discovered success guest-starring on reveals like “My Three Sons,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Lassie” and “The Best Present on Earth,” earlier than taking up a recurring position on “Mr. Novak.” He additionally obtained behind the digicam, having directed episodes of TV reveals like “Coach,” “Babylon 5” and “Harry and the Hendersons.”
In 1965, he took a break from performing to serve within the Nationwide Guard for 3 years. He even tried his hand at writing and entered journalism faculty within the Seventies.
Dow additionally spent the last decade with visitor spots on “Adam-12,” “The Mod Squad” and “Love American Type.”
Within the Eighties, he took on roles within the initiatives “Knight Rider,” “Sq. Pegs” and “Homicide, She Wrote.”
The ’90s noticed the filmmaker take a while behind the digicam. He did some directing work on episodes for sequence similar to “Babylon 5” and “Star Trek: Deep House 9.”