The New York Times Reports Dow's Representatives Lied To Facebook And He's Alive. Variety Printed An Obituary When Dow's Staff Confirmed His Death. Variety Contacted His Reps For Comment.
Christopher Dow's son wrote on Facebook, "This is a difficult moment. Dad is home, on hospice, and dying. We're with him, along with many pals. He's brave.”
There Was A Tragic Loss Of Talent When Tony Dow, The Actor And Director Most Known For His Role As The Steadfast Elder Brother Wally Cleaver To Jerry Mathers' Legendary Beaver In "Leave It To Beaver," Died. He Was 77 Years Old.
According To A Post On His Official Facebook Page, He Died Early Tuesday Morning. The Demise Of Our Dear Tony This Morning Has Left Us With A Heavy Heart To Share With You." The Note From Tony's Management Team Said, "Tony Was A Beautiful Soul – Kind, Empathetic, Hilarious, And Humble."
Mathers wrote on Facebook, "He was my brother on TV and in person." Tony leaves a void in my heart. It was my delight and privilege to share memories with him for 65 years. He was always kind, generous, kind, loving, sincere, and humble.
Dow Was Born In Hollywood, Where His Mother Was An Early Stuntwoman And Clara Bow's Doppelganger. Wally Auditioned For And Won The Role Of Wally Since He Was A Junior Olympic Diving Champion But Had No Previous Experience In The Entertainment Industry.
The Iconic Black-And-White Sitcom Followed Mischievous Little Beaver, His Sensible Brother Wally, Their Cunning Buddy Eddie Haskell, And Their Long-Suffering But Sympathetic Parents, Barbara Billingsley And Hugh Beaumont.
Bob Mosher And Joe Connelly Based The Characters On Their Own Children, Including Wally's Hair-Combing. Wally Was Ready For College And Beaver For High School As The Show Ended.