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Tony Dow, best known for role as Wally Cleaver on ‘Leave It to Beaver,’ dies at 77

Tony Dow, the actor best known for playing Wally Cleaver on the beloved TV sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” in the late 1950s and early 60s, died Tuesday, the group announced its management. It was 77.

“Tony was a beautiful soul — kind, compassionate, funny and humble,” his friends and representatives, Frank Bilotta and Renee James, said in a statement. “He was truly a joy to be around. His soft voice and unassuming manner were instantly comforting and you couldn’t help but love him.”

The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

Dow gained fame as a cast member of “Leave It to Beaver” throughout its run from 1957 to 1963. He went on to appear in dozens of television series and later became an accomplished artist and sculptor.

“The world has lost an amazing man, but we are all richer for the memories he left us. From the warm memories of Wally Cleaver to those of us lucky enough to know him personally — thank you Tony,” Bilotta and James said. “And thank you for the reflections of a simpler time, the laughter, the friendship, and the feeling that you were a big brother to us all. We will miss you.”

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