Leave it to Tony Dow of Beaver, 76, hospitalized with pneumonia after spending 24 hours in the emergency room

Leave It To Beaver star Tony Dow, 76, hospitalized with pneumonia after spending 24 hours in the ER due to shortage of beds due to COVID-powered beds

  • The actor, known for his starring role as Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963, is in hospital with pneumonia
  • Lauren Shulkind, the wife of the 76-year-old ex-child star, told TMZ her husband tested negative for COVID-19 “five times” after being taken to the emergency room on Thursday night.
  • Due to a hospital bed shortage caused by the Delta variant, Lauren said Dow waited “24 hours” to check in
  • “On behalf of Tony and myself, we thank you for your concern for him,” she said, before revealing his optimistic prognosis.
  • Dow is currently ‘on the mend’ and ‘doctors think he could be released in a week’, according to TMZ
  • The Hollywood-born star landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver in a casting call with almost no acting experience
  • In 1987, he was honored with the Young Artist Foundation’s Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver
  • Last May, his former co-star Ken Osmond, best known as troublemaker Eddie Haskell in their beloved family comedy, died at the age of 76.


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Tony Dow, known for his starring role as Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963, is in hospital with pneumonia. TMZ.

Lauren Shulkind, the wife of the 76-year-old former child star, confirmed to the outlet that her husband tested negative for COVID-19 “five times” after being taken to the emergency room on Thursday night.

Due to a hospital bed shortage triggered by a spate of outbreaks triggered by the Delta variant, Lauren said Dow waited “24 hours” in the ER

On the mend: Tony Dow, known for his starring role as Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963, is in hospital with pneumonia, according to TMZ;  seen in 2010

On the mend: Tony Dow, known for his starring role as Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963, is in hospital with pneumonia, according to TMZ; seen in 2010

“On behalf of Tony and myself, thank you for your concern for him,” she said, before revealing his optimistic prognosis.

Dow is currently “on the mend” and “doctors believe he could be released within a week,” according to TMZ.

He and Lauren tied the knot 41 years ago, not long after he divorced his first wife Carol Marlow, the mother of his son Christopher, 48.

Push through: Lauren, the wife of the 76-year-old ex-child star, confirmed to the outlet that her husband tested negative for COVID-19 'five times' before being taken to the emergency room on Thursday night (photo with Wally Cleaver)

Push through: Lauren, the wife of the 76-year-old ex-child star, confirmed to the outlet that her husband tested negative for COVID-19 'five times' before being taken to the emergency room on Thursday night (photo with Wally Cleaver)

Push through: Lauren, the wife of the 76-year-old ex-child star, confirmed to the outlet that her husband tested negative for COVID-19 ‘five times’ before being taken to the emergency room on Thursday night (photo with Wally Cleaver)

Scary: Due to hospital bed shortage caused by a delta variant outbreak, Lauren said Dow had to wait '24 hours' for emergency room

Scary: Due to a shortage of hospital beds caused by a delta variant outbreak, Lauren said Dow had to wait '24 hours' for the emergency room

Scary: Due to hospital bed shortage caused by a delta variant outbreak, Lauren said Dow had to wait ’24 hours’ for emergency room

The Hollywood-born star landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver in a casting call with almost no acting experience.

After six years in the hit sitcom, he continued to act in other TV shows, including My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young and five episodes of Mr. novak.

He took a break from the limelight to serve in the National Guard from 1965 to 1968.

Impressive: Hollywood-born star landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver in a casting call with almost no acting experience

Impressive: Hollywood-born star landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver in a casting call with almost no acting experience

Impressive: Hollywood-born star landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver in a casting call with almost no acting experience

Talented: After six years in the hit sitcom, he continued to act in other TV shows, including My Three Sons, Dr.  Kildare, The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young and in five episodes of Mr.  novak.

Talented: After six years in the hit sitcom, he continued to act in other TV shows, including My Three Sons, Dr.  Kildare, The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young and in five episodes of Mr.  novak.

Talented: After six years in the hit sitcom, he continued to act in other TV shows, including My Three Sons, Dr. Kildare, The Greatest Show on Earth, Never Too Young and in five episodes of Mr. novak.

He later returned to the small screen as a guest star in Adam-12, Love American Style, Knight Rider, Square Pegs, The Mod Squad, The Hardy Boys and more.

In 1987, he was honored with the Young Artist Foundation’s Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver.

Last May, his former co-star Ken Osmond, best known as troublemaker Eddie Haskell in their beloved family comedy, died at the age of 76.

Beloved: In 1987, he was honored with the Young Artist Foundation's Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver (seen in 1985)

Beloved: In 1987, he was honored with the Young Artist Foundation's Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver (seen in 1985)

Beloved: In 1987, he was honored with the Young Artist Foundation’s Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award for his role as Wally Cleaver (seen in 1985)

He died after a cardiac arrest, according to TMZ.

The actor also suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which causes airflow blockage and difficulty breathing.

Osmond’s death certificate also listed anemia, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure, depression, hypertension, and pneumonia.

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