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Leave it to Beaver star Tony Dow dies at 77, two months after revealing his cancer diagnosis

Leave It To Beaver star Tony Doe has died aged 77.

The actor’s death was announced on Tuesday Facebook in a memo from its management team.

Dow’s death comes just two months after announcing in May that he had been diagnosed with cancer.

Farewell: Leave It To Beaver star Tony Doe has died at 77, his management team announced Tuesday in a Facebook post; pictured with his wife Lauren

The Los Angeles local resident and his 41-year-old wife, Lauren, previously said they were devastated by the diagnosis, TMZ announced and thanked fans in advance for their prayers.

Doe did not name the type of cancer he was diagnosed with.

Dow dealt with health issues in August 2021 when he was hospitalized while battling a case of pneumonia, TMZ reported, noting that he had to spend 24 hours in the emergency room due to a spike in the Delta coronavirus strain at the time.

Lauren told TMZ that Dow did not have COVID-19 because he tested negative for the virus five times.

“On my behalf and on Tony’s behalf, thank you for your concern for him,” she told the publication.

Dow starred as Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the show from 1957 to 1963 alongside Jerry Mathers and the late stars Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Ken Osmond.

Bad news: Leave It to Beaver actor Tony Doe, 77, previously revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in May. The actor is pictured with his wife Lauren, whom he married in June 1980

Bad news: Leave It to Beaver actor Tony Doe, 77, previously revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in May. The actor is pictured with his wife Lauren, whom he married in June 1980

Iconic Series: Doe starred as Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the show from 1957 to 1963.

Iconic Series: Doe starred as Wally Cleaver on Leave It to Beaver in all 234 episodes of the show from 1957 to 1963.

Big Brother: The actor who played Wally Cleaver appeared on the hit show with Jerry Mathers (front) and late stars Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley, who played June and Ward (back)

Big Brother: The actor who played Wally Cleaver appeared on the hit show with Jerry Mathers (front) and late stars Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley, who played June and Ward (back)

Old school: Jerry Mathers (left) as Beaver with Tony Dow as Wally in publicity photos taken during the 1960-1961 season

Old school: Jerry Mathers (left) as Beaver with Tony Dow as Wally in publicity photos taken during the 1960-1961 season

Doe reprized the role of Wally Cleaver for the 1983 TV movie Still the Beaver, a 1987 episode of The Love Boat, and the 1983-1989 new series Leave It to Beaver.

He has also appeared in TV shows including Lassie, Adam-12, Mod Squad, Knight Rider, Charles in Charge and Murder, She Wrote.

The TV veteran has also worked extensively as a director, helming numerous episodes of shows including Harry and Henderson, Babylon 5, Swamp Thing and Darling, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show.

In addition to his endeavors in show business, Dow focused on sculpture for decades, with his work displayed in art exhibitions around the world. according to its website.

Dow played the role of Wally Cleaver for the entire six-year run of Leave It To Beaver,

He reprized his role in the 1980s reunion film and series The New Leave It To Beaver, but revealed last year that he struggled with depression after being cast

Dow played Wally Cleaver for the entire six-year run of Leave It To Beaver, from 1957 to 1963. He reprized the role in the 1980s in a reunion movie and series The New Leave It To Beaver, but last year revealed he was struggling with depression after being typecast

Dow earlier this year spoke with CBS Sunday Morningsaying he struggled with depression over being cast after finding fame early in life as Wally on Leave It to Beaver.

“I was going to live with that for the rest of my life,” he said. “I thought: this is not fair. You know? I mean, I’d like to do some other things. I would like to do some interesting things. You know, it’s sad to be famous at 12 years old or something, and then you grow up and become a real person and nothing happens to you.

He recounted how he became angry, adding that “anger, if left untreated, turns into depression.

“Depression is not something you can say ‘Cheer up!'” he said. “You know, it’s a very powerful thing. And it had a big impact on my life.

Doe said that along with undergoing therapy and taking medication, his work with sculpture has had a therapeutic impact in his battle with depression.

“I pretty much have it under control,” he said. “You know, I think people need to believe that they can feel better.”

Back Together: Dow and Mathers reunited in 2010 in LA at a PaleyFest event celebrating the series

Back Together: Dow and Mathers reunited in 2010 in Los Angeles at a PaleyFest event celebrating the series

Black and white: Ken Osmond and Tony Dow in a scene from Leave it to Beaver in 1957.

Black and white: Ken Osmond and Tony Dow in a scene from Leave it to Beaver in 1957.

Bad times: Dow earlier this year spoke to CBS Sunday Morning saying he struggled with depression due to being typecast after finding early fame as Wally on Leave It to Beaver

Bad times: Dow earlier this year spoke to CBS Sunday Morning saying he struggled with depression due to being typecast after finding early fame as Wally on Leave It to Beaver

Relaxing: Doe was pictured reading in a shot posted to his Instagram by wife Lauren

Relaxing: Doe was pictured reading in a shot posted to his Instagram by wife Lauren

Leave it to Beaver star Tony Dow dies at 77, two months after revealing his cancer diagnosis

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