What is Tony Dow’s Net Worth?
Tony Dow is an actor, director, and sculptor who is best known for portraying Wally Cleaver, the eldest son on the television sitcom “Leave it to Beaver” from 1957 to 1963. Following that, he starred in the adolescent soap opera “Never Too Young” and made guest appearances on “Mr. Novak” and “Square Pegs,” among other shows. Dow went behind the camera later in his career to direct episodes of shows including “Babylon 5” and “Coach.”
Tony Dow Early Life
Tony Lee Dow was born in Hollywood, California, in the year 1945. His father, John, was a designer and general constructor, and his mother, Muriel, was a stunt lady in early Western films who also worked as Clara Bow’s movie double. Dow began swimming as a child and went on to win the Junior Olympics diving competition.
Tony Dow’s “Leave it to Beaver”
In the late 1950s, Dow attended a casting call for the sitcom “Leave it to Beaver.” Despite having little acting experience, he was cast as Wally Cleaver, the eldest son of June, played by Barbara Billingsley, and Ward, played by Hugh Beaumont. Dow appeared on the program alongside Jerry Mathers, who played Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver, his younger brother. “Leave it to Beaver” was a huge hit that ran for 234 episodes from 1959 to 1963, ending with Beaver set to graduate from high school and Wally about to start college.
Tony Dow Professional Life
Dow appeared in episodes of a variety of sitcoms after “Leave it to Beaver” ended. “The Eleventh Hour,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Greatest Show on Earth,” and “My Three Sons” were among them. He also appeared in five episodes of “Mr. Novak” in three distinct characters. Dow’s second major part came in 1965 on ABC’s “Never Too Young,” the first television soap opera aimed at teenagers. Merry Anders, Michael Blodgett, Jan Clayton, and Joy Harmon were among the cast members.
Dow returned to acting in the 1970s with several guest-starring parts after serving three years in the National Guard. He appeared in episodes of “Adam-12,” “Love, American Style,” “The Mod Squad,” and “Emergency!” in addition to the police procedural “Adam-12.” Dow later starred alongside Ed Asner and Cloris Leachman in the made-for-television picture “Death Scream” in the 1970s. He appeared in episodes of “Square Pegs,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Knight Rider,” “High School U.S.A.,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and “The New Mike Hammer” during the 1980s. Dow again played Wally Cleaver in the 1983 reunion television miniseries “Still the Beaver,” as well as the revival series “The New Leave it to Beaver,” which aired from 1989 to 1990.
Tony Dow Film Career
Dow debuted behind the camera in 1989, directing an episode of “The New Lassie.” He went on to direct episodes of “Get a Life,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” and “Coach” after that. Dow directed numerous episodes of the space opera series “Babylon 5” in the mid-to-late 1990s, on which he also served as a visual effects supervisor. He went on to direct the “Field of Fire” episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space 9” in the seventh season.
Dow has appeared in a few films in addition to television. In 1977, he reprised his role as Wally Cleaver in the sketch comedy film “The Kentucky Fried Movie,” in which he played a mock courtroom trial. Dow then appeared in the satirical comedy “Back to the Beach,” starring Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, in 1987. The actor didn’t return to the big screen until 2003, in the David Spade comedy “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” in which he had a cameo. Corey Feldman, Emmanuel Lewis, and Danny Bonaduce are among the more than two dozen former child performers who parody their careers in the film.
Tony Dow Personal Life and Mental Health
Dow has been married to his wife Lauren Shulkind since 1980.
Dow made public his bouts with serious depression in the 1990s. He then went on to make self-help videos about his problems, including “Beating the Blues.”