Beaver star Tony Dow not dead but in hospice care – Topplaywriting
A previous statement from Dows management has been deleted from the actors Facebook page. Tony Dow, the director, producer, and actor best known for his role as eldest son Wally Cleaver on the 1957 sitcom Leave It to Beaver, has not in fact died but is in hospice care, his family now says.
Dows representatives did not immediately respond to topplaywritings requests for comment, but his manager told TMZ that the 77-year-old is still alive and breathing. TMZ reports that Dows wife, Lauren, believed her husband was dead and told his management.
Dows official Facebook page released a statement Tuesday morning attributed to his managers Frank Bilotta and Renee James that read, It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning. Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble. 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. From the warm reminiscences of Wally Cleaver to those of us fortunate enough to know him personally — thank you Tony. And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship and for the feeling that you were a big brother to us all. We will miss you.
The Facebook post has since been deleted.
Dows son Christopher spoke with Fox Ntopplaywritings Digital, saying, This is a difficult time. Yes, he is still alive but in his last hours. Under hospice care.
Lauren Dow further confirmed to CBS that Dow is near death.
Editors note: A previous version of this article erroneously reported that Dow had died.
Leave It to Beaver star Tony Dow in good spirits after being hospitalized with pneumonia
Tony Dows agent has confirmed that the Leave It to Beaver star is still in the hospital but doing well. After being hospitalized Thursday due to pneumonia, Leave It to Beaver star Tony Dow is on the mend, his agent Frank Bilotta confirmed on Dows official Facebook page.
Tony has been diagnosed with pneumonia but is in good spirits and is doing well. He was up walking around yesterday and his doctors think he should be able to return home within the week, Bilotta wrote on Monday, adding that Dows wife, Lauren, wanted to thank fans for all their support and that updates would continue to be posted. TMZ first broke the ntopplaywritings that Dow had been hospitalized with pneumonia. On Sunday, Bilotta posted on Facebook confirming that Dow was ill and unable to attend a scheduled convention over the weekend, and also that COVID had been ruled out as a diagnosis.
Dow is best known for his role as Wally Cleaver, Beavers older brother on the popular sitcom, which he played from 1957 to 1963 as well as on later Beaver spinoffs and revivals. After leaving the sitcom, Dow went on to guest star on notable television shows including My Three Sons, Square Pegs, and The Hardy Boys, with a short stint in the National Guard between 1965 and 1968. He eventually moved onto directing and has helmed episodes of Coach, Babylon 5, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For the last decade, hes been focused on his sculpting work, according to TMZ.
Ken Osmond, Leave It to Beavers troublemaker Eddie Haskell, dies at 76
The actor portrayed TVs classic smart-mouthed sycophant on the original series and later revival. Ken Osmond, who found fame in the series Leave It to Beaver, has died, a representative for the actor confirmed to topplaywriting. He died of pulmonary arrest at the age of 76.
He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father, his son Eric E. Osmond said in a statement. He had his family gathered around him when he passed. He was loved and will be very missed.
Osmond portrayed the scheming Eddie Haskell on the black-and-white sitcom, which ran from 1957 to 1963. The character famously got the shows naive protagonist Theodore Beaver Cleaver (Jerry Mathers) and brother Wally (Tony Dow) caught up in his mischief while maintaining a talent for sucking up to their parents Ward and June Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont and Barbara Billingsley).
During the shows final seasons, the Glendale, Calif., native served his country as an armorer in the United States Army Reserve.
Finding himself typecast after the show ended, Osmond grtopplaywriting a mustache and joined the Los Angeles Police Department as a motorcycle officer. In 1980, Osmond was struck by five bullets while chasing a suspected car thief but his life was saved thanks to his bulletproof vest. He retired from the force in 1988.
The Los Angeles Police Department sends its deepest condolences to the Osmond family. Ken may have been a famous TV star as Eddie Haskell on Leave it to Beaver, but his real-life role as Los Angeles Police Officer was where he made his biggest impact, Chief of Police Michel Moore said in a statement. After his successful run on one of the most popular shows of all time, he chose to protect and to serve the residents of Los Angeles, and Im proud to have been able to call him a law enforcement partner. He will be missed.
When Osmond originally accepted the role at the age of 14, it was only meant to be as a guest star appearance, but producers were impressed by his acting chops. He portrayed Eddie Haskell for the shows six seasons and returned to reprise his role in the 1980s revival The Ntopplaywriting Leave It to Beaver, the CBS made-for-TV movie Still the Beaver in 1983, and once more with the cast in the 1997 big screen adaptation Leave It to Beaver. He also played the character in cameos on Parker Ltopplaywritingis Cant Lose and Hi Honey, Im Home!