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Faygo Kid

(21,478 posts)
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:26 PM Jul 2022

Tony Dow, Wally on 'Leave It to Beaver,' Dies at 77

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Source: The Wrap

Actor Tony Dow, best known as older brother Wally Cleaver on the 1950s sitcom “Leave it to Beaver,” died Tuesday at age 77.

A statement shared to Facebook on his official site read: “Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him. The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us.”

No cause of death was announced, but Dow revealed his cancer diagnosis in May. A joint statement from Dow and his wife “Lauren Shulkind read, “Dear Friends & Fans of Tony Dow, I have some very sad news to share with you. Unfortunately, Tony has once again been diagnosed with cancer. He is approaching this reality so bravely, but it is truly heartbreaking.”

Read more: https://www.thewrap.com/tony-dow-wally-on-leave-it-to-beaver-dies-at-77/

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Tony Dow, Wally on 'Leave It to Beaver,' Dies at 77 (Original Post) Faygo Kid Jul 2022 OP
I had such a crush on him, way back then. R.I.P. sinkingfeeling Jul 2022 #1
Oh, so did I. TNNurse Jul 2022 #4
Me too. Wrote for his photo and autograph tavernier Jul 2022 #20
Sorry to hear it. LisaM Jul 2022 #2
Never missed an episode. JohnnyRingo Jul 2022 #3
I just loved him. Here's a good segment on him on the Upthevibe Jul 2022 #5
Nice profile - thanks. Pinback Jul 2022 #15
Thanks so much for posting this mountain grammy Jul 2022 #16
RIP Tony (Wally). Mr. Evil Jul 2022 #6
So sad DownriverDem Jul 2022 #7
That's the third one. Archae Jul 2022 #8
Met him and his wife at my niece's Bat Mitzvah in 1999 PlanetBev Jul 2022 #9
Rest in Peace Tony Dow and May your Memory be a Blessing. n/t iluvtennis Jul 2022 #10
"Good old days" PSPS Jul 2022 #11
Aw, geez, Wally. Beartracks Jul 2022 #12
My favorite TV show as a kid. Loved it... SKKY Jul 2022 #13
I admired Wally as a kid. Wished I had a cool brother like him BigBearJohn Jul 2022 #14
Still love watching that show. ificandream Jul 2022 #17
Wasn't he also a champion diver? colorado_ufo Jul 2022 #18
Yeah. According to the article Wednesdays Jul 2022 #21
He's in hospice Marthe48 Jul 2022 #19
But it was on Facebook. I saw it too. That he was still living, that is. twodogsbarking Jul 2022 #23
I didn't look on fb. Marthe48 Jul 2022 #24
Bye, Big Brother Kablooie Jul 2022 #22
Is he dead? I have read that it was a mistake and the post has been taken down Bev54 Jul 2022 #25
According to this msn.com story, he's not deceased yet... GReedDiamond Jul 2022 #26
Just saw Rebl2 Jul 2022 #27
They run these twice a day, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 & 8:30am 2live is 2fly Jul 2022 #28
He's still alive... nightthinker Jul 2022 #29
Aw, geez, Wally. Beartracks Jul 2022 #30
This should be taken down Rebl2 Jul 2022 #31
After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING Omaha Steve Jul 2022 #32

sinkingfeeling

(51,443 posts)
1. I had such a crush on him, way back then. R.I.P.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:27 PM
Jul 2022

TNNurse

(6,926 posts)
4. Oh, so did I.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:39 PM
Jul 2022

tavernier

(12,374 posts)
20. Me too. Wrote for his photo and autograph
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:22 PM
Jul 2022

And when it arrived I squeeled in glee. I think I was 13.
It was signed in Aqua blue ink, same color as his eyes (I surmised). I still have it.

LisaM

(27,800 posts)
2. Sorry to hear it.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:33 PM
Jul 2022

I knew about the diagnosis and it didn't sound terribly encouraging.

JohnnyRingo

(18,622 posts)
3. Never missed an episode.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:35 PM
Jul 2022

..Unless the Old Man was on the roof twisting the antenna around to get a Pittsburgh baseball game.

"Gee Wally, no one is going to be happy to hear this news."
"Well Beav, sometimes you have to eat your peas so you be strong and go on."

My condolences.

Upthevibe

(8,030 posts)
5. I just loved him. Here's a good segment on him on the
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:44 PM
Jul 2022

T.V. show, Sunday Morning.




R.I.P.

Pinback

(12,153 posts)
15. Nice profile - thanks.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:22 PM
Jul 2022

His art is engaging and inspiring, especially knowing about his struggles. He and his wife seem like people you’d be lucky to know.

mountain grammy

(26,604 posts)
16. Thanks so much for posting this
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:43 PM
Jul 2022

nice to see it again. He was a good guy..

Mr. Evil

(2,828 posts)
6. RIP Tony (Wally).
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:46 PM
Jul 2022

One of my favorite shows of all time. One of the good guys. Just too damn sad.

DownriverDem

(6,226 posts)
7. So sad
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 12:59 PM
Jul 2022

RIP This hit me hard.

Archae

(46,310 posts)
8. That's the third one.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:08 PM
Jul 2022

There was David Warner dying a couple days ago, and Paul Sorvino yesterday.

Tony Dow was the third.

PlanetBev

(4,104 posts)
9. Met him and his wife at my niece's Bat Mitzvah in 1999
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:28 PM
Jul 2022

He was a friend of my brother. I remember my dad teasing him, saying ”You look so familiar….don’t I know you from somewhere?” Tony was a very nice but shy gentleman.

iluvtennis

(19,843 posts)
10. Rest in Peace Tony Dow and May your Memory be a Blessing. n/t
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:48 PM
Jul 2022

PSPS

(13,582 posts)
11. "Good old days"
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:53 PM
Jul 2022





Beartracks

(12,806 posts)
12. Aw, geez, Wally.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 01:59 PM
Jul 2022

RIP.



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SKKY

(11,801 posts)
13. My favorite TV show as a kid. Loved it...
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:12 PM
Jul 2022

...And if I'm being honest, was a bit sad when my kids didn't take to it as I did. Sad.

BigBearJohn

(11,410 posts)
14. I admired Wally as a kid. Wished I had a cool brother like him
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:21 PM
Jul 2022

R.I.P.

ificandream

(9,357 posts)
17. Still love watching that show.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 02:45 PM
Jul 2022

Today, it's fun. But back then, it was kind of a lesson learned watching the various episodes. Met Jerry Mathers several years ago. It was just like meeting the Beaver.

colorado_ufo

(5,730 posts)
18. Wasn't he also a champion diver?
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:06 PM
Jul 2022

Wednesdays

(17,331 posts)
21. Yeah. According to the article
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:23 PM
Jul 2022

he was a Junior Olympics champion.

Marthe48

(16,926 posts)
19. He's in hospice
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:07 PM
Jul 2022

I just heard on CBS radio news but I don't see a link. The news person said they had been in touch with his family and he has gone into hospice care.

I can't find a verification.

twodogsbarking

(9,719 posts)
23. But it was on Facebook. I saw it too. That he was still living, that is.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 04:01 PM
Jul 2022

Marthe48

(16,926 posts)
24. I didn't look on fb.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 04:06 PM
Jul 2022

I found a story on a news site I'm not familiar with. Said his team had posted on fb, but his wife talked to a news agency and explained he was in hospice. Poor guy.

Kablooie

(18,619 posts)
22. Bye, Big Brother
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 03:40 PM
Jul 2022

Bev54

(10,042 posts)
25. Is he dead? I have read that it was a mistake and the post has been taken down
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 04:57 PM
Jul 2022

He is in hospice and in bad shape but apparently still alive at this moment. Not sure what is true anymore.

Rebl2

(13,481 posts)
27. Just saw
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 05:00 PM
Jul 2022

an update that said he didn’t die.

2live is 2fly

(336 posts)
28. They run these twice a day, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 & 8:30am
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 05:13 PM
Jul 2022

Going to miss not just the wisdom that Wally would pass along to the Beav, but the way he'd pass it along too. Could only be done through the magic of television.

UPDATE: Just heard that Tony Dow (WALLY CLEAVER) did not kick-off, so that is great news. HEY WAIT A SECOND, IS EDDY HASKEL BEHIND THIS?

nightthinker

(268 posts)
29. He's still alive...
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 05:44 PM
Jul 2022

Tweets about his death were premature.

Beartracks

(12,806 posts)
30. Aw, geez, Wally.
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 05:52 PM
Jul 2022

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Rebl2

(13,481 posts)
31. This should be taken down
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 06:14 PM
Jul 2022

His reported death is premature. He is supposedly in hospice.

Omaha Steve

(99,555 posts)
32. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING
Tue Jul 26, 2022, 06:46 PM
Jul 2022

It has been widely reported Tony is alive, but in hospice.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142947816

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