Tony Dow’s spouse shared again in Could that the “Depart it to Beaver” star was battling most cancers once more.
WASHINGTON — Actor Tony Dow, who was finest recognized for his position as massive brother Wally Cleaver on the “Depart it to Beaver” sitcom within the Fifties and 60s, died Tuesday after a battle with most cancers. He was 77.
In a put up on his official Fb web page, the actor’s administration workforce confirmed his dying on Tuesday morning.
“Tony was a phenomenal soul – type, compassionate, humorous and humble. It was actually a pleasure to simply be round him. His mild voice and unpretentious method was instantly comforting and you would not assist however love him. The world has misplaced a tremendous human being, however we’re all richer for the recollections that he has left us,” the assertion mentioned.
Dow’s spouse, Lauren Shulkind, posted on his Fb web page again in Could to inform followers that he had most cancers once more. Though no particular analysis was ever given, Dow had survived two bouts with most cancers earlier than.
Final week, his administration workforce mentioned Dow’s most cancers battle had not too long ago been “a rollercoaster of ups and downs” and he had been out and in of the hospital “with numerous issues and coverings.”
All through his profession, Dow additionally appeared on “Normal Hospital,” “By no means too Younger” and as himself on “The Love Boat.”
He was born in Hollywood and was a Junior Olympics diving champion. However he broke into present enterprise along with his audition as Wally within the fashionable “Depart it to Beaver” present. It ran from 1957 to 1963.
The sitcom adopted a stereotypical cold-war household, together with the mischievous Beaver, Wally and their dad and mom, performed by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont.
In recent times, Dow had began carving out a reputation for himself within the artwork world, as an summary artist. He’s survived by his spouse and two youngsters.