Dow, 76, is best known for playing Beaver’s older brother, Wally Cleaver, throughout the series 57-63… having starred in all 234 episodes. Word is… Tony landed the role with almost no acting experience, even though his mother was working in the business.
He would often play the role of the straight man with other eccentric characters … like his TV buddies, Eddie Haskell or Lumpy, or even his little brother himself, the Beave – who always created problems in some way. of another.
TD reprized his role as Wally in other spinoffs and covers of “Beaver” over the past few years … still keeping that all-American boyish charm about him when he plays the character.
He also starred in shows like “The Greatest Show on Earth”, “Never Too Young”, in which he played an important role as Chet, “Lassie”, “Mr. Novak”, “Charles in Charge” and other successful series over the years.
His guest roles are also noteworthy… having played for unique performances in “Knight Rider”, “Quincy ME”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “The Love Boat”, “Mod Squad”, “Emergency! “My three sons” and more.
He’s also had quite a career as a director… his credits include episodes from “Babylon 5”, “Harry and the Hendersons (the series),” Swamp Thing “,” Coach “,” Star Trek “,” Honey, I shrunk the Children ”, among others. TD has also participated in the production of some TV films and has even embarked on visual effects work, including for shows like “Doctor Who”.
The guy is also a famous sculptor – some of his works have been shown in the Louvre. Word is… he’s been focusing a lot on the latter these days at his Topanga Canyon home.
Tony is universally regarded in Hollywood as one of the good guys. We wish him a quick recovery.