Tony Dow is an actor and director. He is best known for his role as older brother Wally Cleaver in “Leave it to Beaver”. Mistakenly, Tony’s management team shared the news of his death on his verified Facebook account on Tuesday Morning. Later his team removed the statement.
Tony Dow is still breathing and receiving proper health services:
Tony Dow‘s longtime friend Judy Twersky spoke to Tony’s wife Lauren Dow. She said that as of 3:30 p.m. he was still alive. Lauren Dow told her that he is still breathing and receiving proper health services. Lauren had no idea about what happened earlier today with Dow’s management team as they shared that statement.
Tony Dow started his acting career at the age of 12. When he was cast in the soon-to-be-sitcom show “Leave it to Beaver“. The show ran from 1957 to 1963. With his role in the show, Dow became a household name to millions of viewers.
Wally Cleaver his co-star became inseparable tied to Tony Dow. Wally said he struggled a lot to stand on his own. He said, “It’s sad to be famous at 12 years old or something, and then you grow up and become a real person, and nothing has happened for you.”
Tony Dow once accepted his diagnosis and started treatment as he found hope:
Tony Dow has experienced undiagnosed depression from age 20 to 40. After decades he spoke about his mental health challenges. He was also an honorary speaker at a convention for the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association in the year 1993.
In 1993 Tony told Baltimore Sun about his depression where he said, “I realize there’s a perceived irony about this. You know, the fact that I was in a TV program that epitomized the supposed ideal world of the 50s, and here I am suffering from depression. But I am just one of the millions.”
Tony Dow once accepted his diagnosis and started a treatment for curing it as he found hope. He channeled that hope into art, too, sculpting embellished pieces at his home studio. Dow took part in various TV series and continued to work in Hollywood. He also directed numerous episodes of series including “Harry and the Hendersons“, “Coach”, and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine“.