Tony Dow Net Worth

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Net Worth $ 5,000,000
Real name Anthony Lee Dow
Source of Wealth TV Shows, Movies, Sculpting
Profession Actor, Sculptor
Spouse/Partner Lauren Carol Shulkind
Date of Birth Apr 13, 1945
Zodiac Aries
Age 77
Died Jul 27, 2022
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 173 cm / 5 ft 8 inch
Nationality American

Anthony Lee Dow, known as Tony Dow, is an American actor best known for playing Wally Cleaver in the 1957-1963 sitcom "Leave it to Beaver."[1]

As a young adult, thanks to his role as Wally, Dow, was featured in multiple cover magazines for teenage girls and was one of the most well-liked movie teen stars of his era.

He also took part in multiple TV Shows and starred in the first teen soap opera "Never Too Young" which aired from 1965-1966; Dow also directed several episodes for the series "The New Lassie," "Harry and the Hendersons," "Babylon 5" and a couple of science-fiction movies.

Dow died in 2022 at the age of 77.

His net worth was estimated at $5 million.

Early Life and Career

On April 13, 1945, Muriel Montrose and John Stevens Dow welcomed their son Anthony.

As a child, Tony was raised in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, by his mom, a stunt woman, and his dad, a designer, and contractor.

Dow started showing potential and interest in acting in his childhood.

His first acting engagements were in a theater, and he landed his first more serious role in the popular sitcom "Leave it to Beaver," which aired in the late fifties.

Dow portrayed the well-liked, popular, and intelligent older brother of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) - Wallace "Wally" Cleaver. [2]

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Wally was popular with the girls but often got into trouble thanks to his best friends Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford (Frank Bank) and Eddie Haskell's (Ken Osmond) shenanigans.

The sitcom ran for 234 episodes (six seasons) and was well-liked and well-received by the American audience.[3]

In the sixties, Dow served in the U.S. National Guard, while in the 1970s, he started working in construction while studying journalism and filmmaking, but it had no effect on his acting career.

In the later years, Dow was hired to portray the "older" Wally in the pilot movie "Still the Beaver" and for the sequence "The New Leave it to Beaver" that aired from 1983-1989.

For his acting engagements in the "Beaver" series, Dow received the "Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award." [2]

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After the show ended, Dow had several short-term guest roles in multiple TV Shows like "Never Too Young," "My Three Sons," "Dr. Kildare," and many more.

In 1989, Dow appeared as a director on an episode of the television series "The New Lassie". Later, he also directed a few episodes of "Harry and the Hendersons," "Coach," "Babylon 5", "Swamp Thing," "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show," and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine."

In 1995 Down produced "The Adventures of Captain Zoom in Outer Space." Among the main actors in the movie are Daniel Riordan, Liz Vassey, and Ron Perlman. Based on IMDb ratings, the film received 5.5 stars. [4]

The following year Dow produced another comedy, sci-fi movie named "It Came from Outer Space II." Unfortunately, the movie received negative criticism due to its poor acting and boring storyline. On IMDb, the film received 3.7 stars.

In 2022 the actor was diagnosed with cancer, and in July, he passed away. His family announced his death on his Facebook page. [5] [6]

Fun Facts about Tony Lee Dow's life

  • Tony Dow has a son Christopher Dow born in 1973.
  • He was a junior Olympic diving champion.
  • Besides being an actor, Dow was a skillful sculptor. A bronze sculpture he created was accepted for the 2008 Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, a 150-year-old art show.
  • He built luxurious apartments.

Conclusion

Tony Dow's career was marked by the role of Wally in the American sitcom "Leave it to the Beaver."

In addition to acting, Tony was a sculptor and producer.

He died of cancer in 2022.

His net worth was estimated at $5 million.

References

  1. Tony Dow. (2022, November 03). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Dow

  2. Tony Dow. (n.d.). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0235638/bio?ref_=nm_ql_1

  3. The new leave it to beaver. (2022, October 18). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Leave_It_to_Beaver

  4. The adventures of captain zoom in Outer Space. (1995, December 01). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112292/

  5. Staff, T. (2022, May 06). 'leave it to Beaver' star Tony Dow diagnosed with cancer. Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://www.tmz.com/2022/05/05/leave-it-to-beaver-star-tony-dow-diagnosed-cancer/

  6. Wynne, K., & Goldstein, J. (2022, July 26). 'leave it to Beaver' star Tony Dow in his 'last hours' after cancer diagnosis, son says. Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://people.com/tv/leave-it-to-beaver-star-tony-dow-near-death/