Leave It to Beaver’ star Tony Dow still alive despite earlier reports of death

Peter Sblendorio
New York Daily News

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported actor Tony Dow had died based on an announcement by his representatives on Facebook. Dow is still alive in hospice care, according to his manager.

Tony Dow, who delighted audiences as big brother Wally Cleaver on the 1950s and ‘60s sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” is still alive in hospice care, despite his own management team posting on social media Tuesday that he had died.

In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2012 photo, Tony Dow, actor, director and artist, poses with some of his works at his home and studio in the Topanga area of Los Angeles.

Dow’s representatives announced on his Facebook page that he had died, causing news outlets worldwide, including the Daily News, to report his death.

The alert was taken down Tuesday afternoon, and TMZ spoke to Dow’s manager, who said he was in hospice care and breathing on his own.

The Los Angeles-born Dow had more than three dozen acting credits during a career that spanned decades, but he was best known for his portrayal of the popular and athletic older brother of Jerry Mathers’ title character on “Leave It to Beaver.”

Dow was a primary cast member on the series, which centered on a suburban American family and the adventures of youngest son Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver.

The series aired more than 230 episodes during its prolific run from 1957 and 1963 and is considered one of the most influential shows of its era.