Is Tony Dow okay? ‘Leave It To Beaver’ star, 76, tested 5 times for Covid
Actor Tony Dow, best known for appearing on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver” as a child star, has been hospitalized with a severe case of pneumonia. The 76-year-old actor was once a household name in the television industry for appearing in one of America’s biggest sitcoms. From 1957 to 1963, he played the role of the older brother of the main character Theodore Beaver, Wally Cleaver, in all 234 episodes of the series.
Dow had to be taken to the emergency room on Thursday, August 26, as confirmed by his wife Lauren. He had to remain admitted to the emergency room for more than 24 hours due to the unavailability of beds amid the increase in the Delta Covid-19 variant. News of his illness alarmed fans who were already shocked by the tragic deaths of ‘Up’ actor Ed Asner, socialite Elisabeth Kieselstein Cord Hamm and drummer Ron Bushy on Sunday, August 29. “On behalf of Tony and I thank you for your concern for him,” his wife shared a message to fans.
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Although the veteran actor is at high risk for Covid-19 infection, he has been diagnosed negative five times since being admitted to hospital. His wife has revealed that he is currently being treated for pneumonia and is recovering. Doctors have confirmed he can be released within a week. In the 1990s, Dow was diagnosed with clinical depression and he shot self-help videos of his struggle to raise awareness of this problem.
The Wally Cleaver actor started out in the industry with no acting experience, although his mother Muriel Virginia Dow worked as a stunt performer in Hollywood’s early decades. As a child, Dow excelled at swimming and even became a diving champion at the Junior Olympics. His life changed in 1957 when he got the opportunity to star in “Leave It to Beaver”.
After the show ended, Dow continued to star in several high-profile TV projects, including shows like “My Three Sons,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Never Too Young,” “Mr. Novak,” and “The Greatest. Show on Earth ”. After serving in the National Guard for three years, he resumed his television career in 1968 with appearances in “Adam-12”, “Knight Rider”, “The Hardy Boys”, “Emergency” and others.
However, in the 1970s he pursued a career in construction, while studying journalism and film. The versatile genius continued to perform simultaneously on television. Her last notable screen appearance was in the 2003 film “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star”.
Dow also donned the director’s cap while directing episodes of “The New Lassie”, “Coach”, “Get A Life”, “Harry and the Hendersons”, “Babylon 5”, “Star Trek: Deep Space. Nine “,” Crusade “. At the same time, he also provided visual effects for the FOX film ‘Doctor Who’. A multi-faceted talent, Dow had also been a renowned sculptor, creating masterpieces in bronze or wood.