Obit Tony Dow

Tony Dow, actor, director and artist, poses with some of his works at his home and studio in the Topanga area of Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2012. “Leave It to Beaver” actor Dow has died at age 77. Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his work as a sculptor, confirmed his death in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 27, 2022. 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tony Dow, who as Wally Cleaver on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” helped create the popular and lasting image of the American teenager of the 1950s and 60s, died Wednesday. He was 77.

Frank Bilotta, who represented Dow in his work as a sculptor, confirmed his death in an email to The Associated Press.

No cause was given, but Dow had been in hospice care and announced in May that he had been diagnosed with prostate and gall bladder cancer.

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