Leave it to Beaver star Tony Doe dies at 77 after premature announcement

Tony Doe, best known for playing Wally’s big brother on the classic sitcom Leave It to Beaver, has died. He was 77.

“We have received confirmation from Christopher, Tony’s son, that Tony passed away this morning and his loving family has been by his side to accompany him on this journey,” Dow’s Facebook account said Wednesday afternoon. New York Post.

“We know the whole world is saddened by the loss of this incredible man. He gave so much to all of us and was loved by many. One fan said it best: “It’s rare that there is someone who is as much loved by everyone as Tony,” the statement said.

His death was prematurely announced on Tuesday after his wife Lauren Shulkind mistakenly notified the actor’s management.

A Dow manager said Shulkind, 75, was “very upset” by her husband’s condition and believed he had been pronounced dead.

On Tuesday evening, the actor’s son, Christopher Doe, shared the news on Facebook saying his father is in hospice and in the “last hours”.

The message comes hours after the actor’s management prematurely announced his death.

In a now-deleted post, a statement – from Frank Bilotta and Renee James – read: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we share with you the passing of our beloved Tony this morning.

“Tony was a wonderful soul – kind, compassionate, funny and humble. It was a real joy just to be with him. His gentle voice and unpretentious manner immediately calmed, and it was impossible not to fall in love with him. The world has lost an amazing man, but we are all richer from the memories he left us.”

Dow and Shuklind announced in May that Still a beaver The star was diagnosed with cancer, but did not disclose which one.

“Dear friends and fans of Tony Doe, I want to share some very sad news with you,” Shulkind wrote at the time. “Unfortunately, Tony has been diagnosed with cancer again. He approaches this reality so boldly, but it’s truly heartbreaking.

“We want to thank you in advance for your thoughtful thoughts. Our love, Lauren and Tony.”

The Hollywood native’s health problems first surfaced in August 2021, when he was briefly hospitalized with pneumonia and a “violent cough.”

“Tony has a positive attitude,” Shulkind wrote on Facebook last year. “He trains daily by walking the hallways with his nurse. If only he could get rid of that damned cough. It will take some time”.

“For the most part, the members of his medical ‘team’ are compassionate and we appreciate their efforts,” she added. “In addition, we appreciate all of you for your thoughts and concerns. I hope Tony will be home soon. Poppy can’t wait to get her dad back.

Mathers had previously been in contact with Dow and his management team and frequently updated fans on Dow’s condition via social media.

Dow played Wally, the older brother of Beaver (Mathers), in Leave it to Beaver from 1957 to 1963 for six seasons.

He later reprized his role in the sitcom’s sequel. New Leave it to Beaverin 1983. The show aired for four seasons until 1989.

Doe has guest starred on shows such as My three sons, Dr. Kildare, Lassie as well as The Greatest Show on Earthbefore taking on a recurring role in Mr Novak.

He has also been behind the camera, directing episodes of TV shows such as Coach, Babylon 5 as well as Harry and the Hendersons.

In 1965, he took a break from acting and served three years in the National Guard. He even tried his hand at writing and enrolled in journalism school in the 1970s.

Doe told CBS This morning earlier this year about his iconic role in Leave it to Beaver and how being a child star kept him from being independent.

“From the age of 11 or 12 I was told what to do. I was told on set. They told me at home. I was not in control of my life,” he said.

While Wally’s role defined it, he didn’t want to be in the public eye and the fame that came with it. “I had to live with it for the rest of my life,” Dow said. “It’s sad to be famous at 12 or so and then you grow up and become a real person and nothing happens to you.”

In the 1980s, he took on roles in projects Knight Rider, Square Pegs as well as Murder, she wrote.

In the 90s, the director spent some time behind the camera. He has done some directorial work on episodes for series such as Babylon 5 as well as Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

This article originally appeared in New York Post and has been reproduced with permission.

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