Tony Dow, known for playing Wally Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver,” dead at 77

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Tony Dow, known for playing Wally Cleaver on “Leave It to Beaver,” dead at 77

BY SOPHIE REARDON

UPDATED ON: JULY 27, 2022 / 7:14 PM / CBS NEWS

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Tony Dow, known for his role as Wally Cleaver in the iconic 1950s TV series “Leave It to Beaver,” died Wednesday morning, his family confirmed in a statement posted on his official Facebook page. He was 77 years old.

“Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey,” the statement said. “We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many.”

Cast From TV's 'Leave It To Beaver'
Cast of the television show “Leave It To Beaver,” circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Jerry Mathers and Barbara Billingsley.GETTY IMAGES

Dow had been in hospice care after a recurrence of cancer. His death was widely reported on Tuesday after an earlier Facebook post shared on his page said he had passed away. But the post was soon taken down, and later replaced with a notice explaining that Dow’s “very distraught” wife had asked for the news to be shared with his fans too soon, and that “while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed.”

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The new statement Wednesday said, “We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning.”

Dear Family, Friends, & Fans We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier…Posted by Tony Dow on Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Earlier posts said the actor had been “in and out of the hospital” after being diagnosed with cancer several months ago. 

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