Tony Dow Parents: Muriel Montrose, John Stevens

Born on April 13, 1945, in Los Angeles, California, United States, Tony Lee Dow is an American actor, film producer, director, and sculptor.

He is best known for his role as Wally Cleaver in the television sitcom Leave It to Beaver from 1957 to 1963.

Dow reprised his role as Wally in a television movie and in The New Leave It to Beaver from 1983 to 1989.

With almost no acting experience, Dow’s career began when he went on a casting call and landed the role of Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver.

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For the show’s entire run, from 1957 to 1963, Dow played the older son of June (played by Barbara Billingsley) and Ward (played by Hugh Beaumont) Cleaver, and the older brother of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver (played by Jerry Mathers).

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Dow’s most recent screen appearance was in the 2003 film Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

The 57-year-old actor in April 2019 was seen promoting the Leave It To Beaver television series and other classic television series on the MeTV television network.

Tony Dow Parents: Muriel Montrose, John Stevens

American actor Tony Dow was born to his parents Muriel Montrose and John Stevens. Below are the full details.

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Muriel Montrose

Tony Dow’s mother Muriel Virginia Montrose was an actress who played “Wally” in the television series Leave It to Beaver (1957).

She was born on May 27, 1906, in Denver, Colorado, USA. Her family moved to California when she was a teenager.

Muriel was discovered by producer Mack Sennett at the age of seventeen and became one of his bathing beauties. She also worked as Clara Bow’s body double.

Muriel appeared in a handful of movies including Heart Trouble and The Jolly Jilter. She then started working as a stunt woman in Western films.

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Muriel married Ray Lloyd Ramsey in 1927 but they were divorced soon after and she married  Tony’s father John Stephen Dow on February 11, 1929.

Muriel Montrose passed away on April 30, 2001, in Monterey, California, USA, at the age of 94.

John Stevens

Tony’s father John Dow was a designer and general contractor. He got married to actress Muriel Montrose on February 11, 1929. They moved to the San Fernando Valley and had two sons. He passed away in 1987.