Who is Tony Dow?
Tony Dow is an American film producer, director, and television actor. Most people remember him for the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver, which aired in primetime from 1957 to 1963.
When he was younger, Dow competed in the Junior Olympics diving and won the competition while training as a swimmer. Despite having little to no acting experience, he was chosen for the Wally Cleaver role in Leave It to Beaver during a casting call.
Tony Dow Health
Dow admitted that he had experienced clinical depression in the 1990s. Since then, he has appeared in self-help films describing this struggle, such as 1998’s Beating the Blues.
Tony Dow Cancer
Dow received a cancer diagnosis in May 2022. On May 5, the actor and his wife, Lauren Shulkind, revealed the terrible news that Dow had been diagnosed with cancer and was fighting it fearlessly.
News of his health problems started spreading in August 2021 after he spent a brief period in the hospital with pneumonia, which his family insisted had nothing to do with Covid.
His frightened wife revealed that due to an increase in Delta variant Covid-19 instances in California at the time, he had to wait 24 hours for a hospital bed. He announced a relapse of his disease and then passed suddenly at age 77.
Apparently, Tony Dow is still alive. His wife Lauren clarified that he is still in hospice but is much alive. This is after Tony’s agent mistakenly reported that he was dead. The original post of his demise on Facebook has since been deleted.
Tony Dow Wife Lauren
Dow married Lauren Shulkind in June 1980. They were married for forty years till his passing in July 2022. They married on June 16th, 1980 in Laguna Beach among the hermit crabs and tide pools. Tony was initially married to Carol Marlow from 1969 until their divorce in 1980.
Tony Dow Children
Dow had one child named Christopher Dow.
Tony Dow Career
When Dow was younger, he competed in the Junior Olympics in diving while training as a swimmer. Despite having little to no acting experience, he was chosen for the Wally Cleaver role in Leave It to Beaver during a casting call.
Up until the show’s cancellation in 1963, Dow performed on Leave It to Beaver for a further six years. After that, he played three distinct characters in five episodes of Mr. Novak and guest-starred on My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, and Never Too Young.
He then took a break from performing to serve in the National Guard from 1965 to 1968. He made a cameo appearance on the television shows Adam-12, Love American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys, and Emergency after getting back into acting.
Dow kept performing throughout the 1970s while working in construction, going to school for journalism, and making movies. Dow played Wally Cleaver again in a reunion television movie and the follow-up series The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983 until 1989.
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, which came out in 2003, included Dow’s most recent on-screen appearance. On the MeTV television network in April 2019, Dow was spotted promoting the Leave It To Beaver and other vintage television series.