Tony Dow, Known as Wally Cleaver on `Leave it to Beaver,’ Near Death


Actor, director and artist Tony Dow, forever remembered for his role as Wally Cleaver — older brother to Jerry Mathers’ Beaver — in the iconic family sitcom “Leave it to Beaver,” was in hospice care Tuesday, despite an earlier announcement that he had died.

Dow’s friends and managers Frank Bilotta and Renee James wrote on Dow’s Facebook page Tuesday morning that the actor had died at age 77. The news quickly went worldwide, with tributes pouring in for the co-star of one of television’s most memorable shows.

But a short time later, Dow’s wife, Lauren, told CBS News and other media outlets that her husband was still alive, but in hospice care. She told ABC7 she has been on an emotional roller-coaster, and believed that Dow had died based on a variety of circumstances Tuesday morning, only to realize later he was still alive, after his death was already being reported globally.



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