‘Leave it to Beaver’ actor Tony Dow dies at 77 | USA TODAY

‘Leave it to Beaver’ actor Tony Dow dies at 77 | USA TODAY

Actor Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver on the popular television sitcom, has died at age 77 after a battle with cancer.

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“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away earlier this morning, with his loving family at his side to see him through this journey,” a post from Dow’s official Facebook page read. “We know that the world is collectively saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to us all and was loved by so many.” Dow’s son said he has “comfort and peace that he is in a better place.”

On the hit sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” which aired on CBS and then ABC from 1957-63, Wally was the older son of Ward and June, a straighter contrast to the quirkier main character of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (Jerry Mathers). A popular jock, Wally was also ensnared in the schemes of his friend, the mischievous and smooth-talking Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond).

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