‘Leave It to Beaver’: A look back at the cast of the beloved TV show

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1957 sitcom “leave it to Beaver” Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver on adventures around his neighborhood, school, and home. The television show stopped broadcasting in 1963.

Fox News Digital confirmed that Tony Dow, one of the show’s main stars, died Wednesday at the age of 77.

“While it’s a very sad day, I have comfort and peace that he is in a better place,” his son Christopher shared in a Facebook statement. Announcement of his father’s death,

Here’s a look at the show’s favorite actors:

Star Jerry Mathers’ reaction to co-star Ken Osmond’s death: ‘I will miss him dearly’

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Cast the members of “Leave It To Beavers”.
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Jerry Mathers – Theodore ‘Beaver’ Cleaver

Jerry Mathers played the title role of Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver during the entirety of the show. He also appeared in “The New Leave It to Beaver” from 1983 to 1989.

Mathers’ life has returned to normal since the show ended by Hollywood standards, He attended school, played football and joined the track team. After that he joined the Air Force and then joined the National Guard.

Mathers has previously said that he is in touch with his TV family.

“We’ve reunited,” he said. “It’s probably more like how you people you went to school with, If anything important happens in their lives or with their grandchildren – because we all have grandchildren now – we make contact. And when someone marries. And sadly, when someone passes away. Whoever finds out first calls the rest of us.”

Mathers, 74, was diagnosed with diabetes in 1997, which completely changed his life. She was told that she would only have 3-5 years to live.

“I was living the good life,” Mathers told Fox News Digital in 2017. “I had side businesses, and one of them was the catering business. And I was doing a lot of motion picture and television catering for the crew, which is about 100-200 people. It’s like setting up an entire restaurant.

Jerry Mathers starred as Theodore

Jerry Mathers starred as Theodore “Beaver” Cleaver in the hit sitcom.
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“I was around food all the time, and I was a really good cook. Of course, that meant sitting with people. So, I was sometimes eating 5-6 full meals a day… I made a lot of money was earning, everything was going great, and everyone around me was at least as fat as I was.”

mathers was diagnosis of type 2 diabetesHigh blood pressure and bad cholesterol. It didn’t take much convincing for her to turn her life around and lose 55 pounds.

Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers starred alongside each other

Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers starred alongside each other in “Leave It to Beaver”.
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After his diagnosis, he led lectures around the country to warn listeners about the disease and how it could be prevented.

After the death of the Dow on Wednesday, Mathers told Fox News Digital In part, “he was always the kindest, most generous, gentle, loving, honest and humble person that it was my honor and privilege to be able to share memories of 65 years.”

Tony Dow – Wally Cleaver

Tony Dow, who played Wally Cleaver on the sitcom, died Wednesday at the age of 77. His son, Christopher, confirmed the move to Fox News Digital.

Tony Dow, ‘Leave It To Beaver’ Star, Dead At 77, Son Confirms: ‘He’s In A Better Place’

“He was the best father anyone could have asked for,” Christopher said in a Facebook statement. “He was my coach, my mentor, my voice of reason, my best friend, my best man in my marriage, and my hero. My wife said something powerful and showed what kind of man he was. He said: ‘ Tony was such a kind man. He had such a big heart and I have never heard Tony say bad or negative things about anyone.'”

Tony Dow as Wally Beaver

Tony Dow starred as Wally Beaver in “Leave It to Beaver”. The actor passed away on Wednesday at 77.
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In May, Dow’s wife, Lauren Schulkind, announced Dow’s cancer had returned, Just a month after celebrating his 77th birthday.

Dow starred in “Leave It to Beaver” for six seasons on CBS before switching to ABC. The actor participated in the reunion show, “Still the Beaver,” and the show’s sequel, “The New Leave It to Beaver.”

The Dow was also known for Roles on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Babylon 5.”

Barbara Billingsley – June Cleaver

Barbara Billingsley plays June Cleaver, the on-screen mother of “Beaver” Cleaver. Billingsley died in 2010 After suffering from rheumatoid disease. She was 94 years old.

Billingsley said in 1994, “We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written.” their children and grandchildren.”

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After “Leave It to Beaver” went off the air in 1963, Billingsley largely disappeared from public view for several years. That 1980 “Airplane!” re-emerged in a hilarious cameo.

Barbara Billingsley as June Cleaver

Barbara Billingsley stars as June Cleaver in “Leave It to Beaver”.
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She returned as June Cleaver in the 1983 TV movie “Still the Beaver,” which co-starred Mathers and Dow, and portrayed the much darker side of Beaver’s life. In 1997, Universal made the theatrical film “Leave It to Beaver” with a new generation of actors. Billingsley returned for a cameo, however, as Aunt Martha.

In later years, she appeared from time to time in such TV series as “Murphy Brown,” “Empty Nest” and “Baby Boom” and was a memorable comic with fellow TV moms June Lockhart and “Isabel Sanford” of “Lassie”. Took a turn on “Jefferson” “Roseanne” Show,

Hugh Beaumont – Ward Cleaver

Hugh Beaumont played Ward Cleaver, “Beaver”‘s father, in the hit series. In 1982, Beaumont died at the age of 73. At the time of his death, The New York Times reported that he had a heart attack while in Germany, where he was visiting his eldest son, who was teaching psychology.

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After “Leave It to Beaver” ended, Beaumont continued to engage in acting. He landed roles in “Studio 57”, and he also wrote screenplays and short stories and even operated a Christmas tree farm.

Hugh Beaumont stars as on-screen father Ward Cleaver

Hugh Beaumont starred as on-screen father Ward Cleaver in “Leave It to Beaver”.
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Despite the show’s success, Beaumont was not surprised by the fame. In fact, when the cameras stopped spinning, he found comfort in his family and the great outdoors,

His daughter Kristen Beaumont spoke to Closer Weekly in 2020 and described the beloved patriarch as a man who “loved poetry”, had “an infectious laugh” and called the family’s annual trip to Minnesota the year of the year. considered the high point.

During his later years, Beaumont lived in Minnesota. He suffered a stroke in 1970 and did very little acting after that.

Ken Osmond – Eddie Haskell

As a child, Ken Osmond played Eddie Haskell in “Leave It to Beaver”.

In 2020, Osmond died of cardiopulmonary arrest. He also had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which obstructs airflow from the lungs. 76 inches. he died in her Los Angeles home surrounded by family.

Star Jerry Mathers’ reaction to co-star Ken Osmond’s death: ‘I will miss him dearly’

The Glendale, California, native began her career working in commercials at the age of 4 One movie extra. At the age of 9, she got her first speaking role in the movie “So Big,” Variety. He appeared in “Good Morning Miss Dove,” “Everything But the Truth,” “The Loretta Young Show,” “The Walter Winchell File,” “Fury,” “Lassie” and “Wagon Train.”

Ken Osmond plays troublemaker Eddie Haskell

Ken Osmond plays troublemaker Eddie Haskell in “Leave It to Beaver”.
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The actor starred in “Leave It to Beaver” from 1957 to 1963. Osmond’s part as the two-faced teenage badass, Haskell, was supposed to be a one-time guest appearance only. However, he did so well in his portrayal—and the show’s producers and its audience found him so memorable—that he became a regular, appearing in nearly 100 of the show’s 234 episodes.

Eddy . was the best friend of Tony Doves Valley. He constantly kissed adults and kicked his teammates, usually in the same scene, and was the best thing for a villain. Viewers of all ages loved to hate him.

Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.

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