American actor Tony Dow, best known for playing Wally Cleaver in the sitcom Leave it to Beaver, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at the age of 77.

He was born on April 13, 1945, in Hollywood, California. After being selected to portray his role in Leave it to Beaver, he debuted on television after a casting call without any acting experience. He acted in many television series and movies in his decades-long career.

Tony was also a director who directed some series episodes, such as Get a Life, Coach, and Babylon 5. 

In his youth, Dow trained as a swimmer and was a Junior Olympics diving champion.[3] Dow married Lauren Shulkind in June 1980.[3][10]

Tony Dow Health Update 2022 - What Illness Did He Have?

American actor Tony Dow passed away on July 26, 2022. The actor known for playing Wally Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver passed away at 77.

The death of the actor was announced via his publicist. He was diagnosed with cancer in May 2022. Previously, he was hospitalized with pneumonia and was in and out of the hospital for various health complications and treatments.


Dow revealed in the 1990s that he suffered from clinical depression. His experience led him to star in self-help videos chronicling this battle, including 1998 Beating the Blues.

Tony was married to Lauren Dow from June 16, 1980, until his death. The two were married in a private ceremony in Laguna Beach. 

Tony was born to John Stevens Dow, Jr. and Muriel Virginia Dow. His father, John, was a designer and general contractor, whereas his mother, Muriel, was Clara Bow's movie double and a stunt woman in early Westerns for Hollywood movie studios.

Tony Dow's Net Worth In 2022

The exact net worth of Tony Dow is currently not revealed. However, it can be estimated that the deceased actor was worth at least $1 million.

Apart from acting, Dow was trained as a swimmer and was a Junior Olympics diving champion. He also did visual effects in a couple of episodes in Babylon 5, Doctor Who, and the 1995 movie The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space, which he also produced.

At a time in his life, Dow worked in the construction industry. He earned a respectable amount of money from his venture in the construction fraternity. 

He was also a sculptor and carpenter, creating abstract bronze sculptures. In December 2008, he was one of three sculptors to show at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts exhibition, in the Carrousel du Louvre, in Paris, France.

During the 1970s, Tony also studied journalism and filmmaking. He made his directorial debut with an episode of The New Lassie. He also directed some episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Harry, and the Hendersons, Coach, Babylon 5, and Crusade.

Remembering Tony Dow

Following the announcement of the death of Tony Dow, many people paid their respect to the veteran Hollywood actor. Directors and actors shared their condolences and tributes to the life and legacy of the actor.

American musician and the founder of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, posted a picture sharing his respect for the deceased Dow. Director Jim Michaels also took on Twitter to share his condolence in the passing of the "amazingly kind person."

Other celebrities to pay their respect to the deceased Tony Dow include Jerry Lawler, Larry Elder, Dan Savage, Eric Alper, and many others. Tony Dow lives in millions of hearts through his performances. Rest in Peace, Tony.