Leave It to Beaver star Tony Dow diagnosed with cancer


Leave It to Beaver star Tony Dow has been diagnosed with cancer.

The 77-year-old and his wife, Lauren Shulkind, shared the news with TMZ on Friday.

While they didn’t state what kind of cancer Dow is battling, they did say they were heartbroken and thanked fans for their support.

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Leave It to Beaver star Tony Dow, pictured alongside his wife Lauren Shulkind, has been diagnosed with cancer. (FilmMagic)

It’s been a tough year for Dow who, according to TMZ, was hospitalised with pneumonia back in August.

Dow is best known for playing Wallace ‘Wally’ Cleaver, Beaver’s brother, in the US sitcom, which ran for six seasons and over 200 episodes. He starred alongside Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers, who played Wally’s parents and brother Beaver respectively.

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He starred alongside Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers in the sitcom. (CBS via Getty Images)

Dow reprised his role as Wally in the reunion TV movie and the subsequent series The New Leave It to Beaver. He also starred in TV shows like Mr. Novak, The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young, Lassie and Charles in Charge.

He is also a film producer, director and a sculptor.

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Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow played Beaver and Wally in Leave It to Beaver. (NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via)

Dow has been married to Shulkind since 1980. They met in late 1978, shortly after his divorce from his first wife Carol Marie Theresa Marlow, with whom he shares a son.

Shulkind worked for an advertising agency when they met and was looking for an “all-American guy” to star in a McDonald’s commercial. But it wasn’t just the commercial Dow scored that day.

“I cast him in my life,” Shulkind told Variety in 2010.

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