Tony Dow’s son says the actor is still alive, despite mistakenly being announced dead by his wife.
Dow, who played Wally Cleaver on the iconic sitcom It’s all up to BeaverIn his final days, he is receiving hospice care. “last hours”Christopher Dow related the story Fox News Digital.
“This is a difficult time,”He explained. “Yes, he is still alive, but in his last hours; under hospice care.”
The update comes after Dow’s wife, Lauren Shulkind, mistakenly announced his death in a recent statement. According to TMZShullkind was “very distraught”After being led to believe her husband was dead, she decided to marry another man.
“Tony was a beautiful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble,”Shullkind wrote in an article on Dow’s Facebook page. “It was truly a joy to just be around him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner was immediately comforting and you could not help but love him. The world has lost an amazing human being, but we are all richer for the memories that he has left us.”
In a later update, the page featured: “This morning Tony’s wife Lauren, who was very distraught, had notified us that Tony had passed and asked that we notify all his fans. As we are sure you can understand, this has been a very trying time for her. We have since received a call from Tony’s daughter-in-law saying that while Tony is not doing well, he has not yet passed. Tony’s son Christopher and his daughter-in-law Melissa have also been by his side comforting him, and we will keep you posted on any future updates.”
In May this year, Dow announced that his liver cancer, which he’d been diagnosed with years before, had returned.
It’s all up to BeaverThe sitcom, which focused on a suburban 1950s family, ran for six seasons, from 1957 to 1963. The sitcom was about Beaver, Wally’s brother, Eddie and their parents Ward, June.
Dow returned to the franchise for the ’80s TV movie Still the BeaverThe series also includes the following: The New Leave It to BeaverHe directed five episodes of the series and also wrote one.
Later on in his career, he directed episodes of The New Lassie, Coach, Babylon 5And Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
His other roles as an actor included appearances in General Hospital, LassieAnd Murder, She Wrote.
In May 2020, Ken Osmond, who played Wally Cleaver’s best friend, Eddie Haskell, passed away at the age of 76.