‘Leave It To Beaver’ Star Tony Dow Diagnosed With Cancer

‘Leave It To Beaver’ Star Tony Dow Diagnosed With Cancer

The 77-year-old is best known for playing Wally Cleaver on the show which aired for six seasons from 1957 to 1963.

Former child star Tony Dow has been diagnosed with cancer. He is 77 years old. The actor is best known for his role as Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver, which aired for six seasons from 1957 to 1963. Dow and his wife, Lauren Shulkind, announced the news of his diagnosis on Facebook.



In a brief letter to fans, the couple, who have been together for 42 years, wrote: I have some very sad news to share with you. Unfortunately, Tony has once again been diagnosed with cancer. He is approaching this reality so bravely, but it is truly heartbreaking. We want to thank you in advance for your caring thoughts. Our Love, Lauren & Tony. Dow did not disclose the type of cancer he is battling, reports The New York Post.

A month ago, the actor shared an update, saying that he is "beginning Immunotherapy and it seems to be working. I can now get up and walk without assistance and feel improvement every day." He also thanked his fans writing: All the thoughts, cards and good wishes have had a tremendous effect on me and I’m appreciative for all the caring you’ve expressed. It’s amazing how the world could change with more love and respect. Let’s try our best to “make this world a better place” for our friends, families, and even our adversaries.



Last year in August, the actor was briefly hospitalized with pneumonia. However, he recovered within a week and was seemingly doing well. Dow's agent, Frank Bilotta, also gave an update on the former television star's health. "Tony has been diagnosed with pneumonia but is in good spirits and is doing well," Bilotta said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "He was up walking around yesterday and his doctors think he should be able to return home within the week." 



Despite having no acting experience, the Hollywood-born actor bagged the role of Wally, which he is best known for. He later reprised the role in the 1983 televised film Still the Beaver and in The New Leave It to Beaver between 1983 to 1989. After six years on the popular sitcom, he also featured in guest-starring roles in My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, Lassie, and The Greatest Show on Earth, before taking on a recurring role on Mr. Novak. His last acting credit was as a guest star on Suspense in 2016. The actor also directed several episodes of Babylon 5 and individual episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Coach. Over the years, Dow took on different walks as part of his professional life including sculpting.



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