Tony Dow, who portrayed Wally Cleaver in the famous sitcom “Leave It To Beaver,” died on Tuesday at the age of 77.
Dow’s manager, Frank Bilotta, told USA TODAY in an email Tuesday that the actor had died of cancer.
Bilotta and Renee James announced the news in a now-deleted message on Dow’s Facebook page: “It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we share with you the loss of our beloved Tony this morning,” they stated.
“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,” they added.
“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,” the post said.