Actor Tony Doe who played Wally Cleaver in the long-running sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” died Tuesday morning at the age of 77.
Born in Hollywood, Dow had showbiz connections from the start :HHis mother was a stunt performer in the early days of the film industry.
However, as a child, Dow was more interested in swimming and was a Youth Olympic champion in diving. for diversity.
His big break came in 1957 when he went with a friend to an audition and eventually landed the role of Wally, the older brother of Beaver Cleaver, played by Jerry Mathers.
The show ran from 1957 to 1963 and still airs in syndication today.
After the show ended, Doe continued to act but also served in the National Guard from 1965 to 1968. according to TMZ.
According to the Washington Post, Doe’s career stalled after his time in the Guard. He could not make any commitments, as he never knew when he would be ordered to report to active duty.
However, he joked that he was cast in the hit cop series Adam 12 because he “was the only actor in town at the time with short hair.”
In the late 70s, Dow reunited with Mathers to tour dinners theaters in the play “So Long Stanley”.
In the early 80s, most of the Beaver cast reunited for the TV movie Still the Beaver, which would later inspire the reboot of Leave It to Beaver. TBS from 1986 to 1989.
Dow directed five episodes and wrote one for the show, and later went on to direct other series, including Harry and the Hendersons, Coach, Babylon 5, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
Starting in his 20s, Dow battled clinical depression and gave speeches telling people that “If Wally Cleaver can be depressed, anyone can be depressed.”
He also had a side career as a sculptor. His His work has appeared in galleries and international exhibitions.
Dow is survived by his second wife Lauren and two children.