Tony Dow

Dow at the 11th Annual Festival of Arts Pageant of the Masters. Long Beach, CA. 08-29-09, s_bukley/

Birth Name: Tony Lee Dow

Date of Birth: April 13, 1945

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Death: July 27, 2022

Place of Death: Topanga, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, one quarter Swedish, small amounts of Scottish, Welsh, and Dutch, remote French

Tony Dow was an American actor. He starred as Wally Cleaver on the shows Leave It to Beaver and The New Leave It to Beaver.

Tony was the son of Muriel Virginia (Montrose), who performed stunts in westerns, and John Stevens Dow, Jr., a designer and contractor. His birth name is listed as “Toni” on his birth record. His father was born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. His mother was born in Denver, Denver Co., Colorado. Tony was a junior Olympics diving champion.

Tony was married to Lauren Shulkind, until his death. He had one child with his former wife Carol Marlow.

Tony’s paternal grandfather was John Stevens Dow (the son of John Fremont Dow and Nancy/Nannie Sears). Tony’s grandfather John was born in Davenport, Scott, Iowa. Tony’s great-grandfather John was the son of Josiah Dow and Elizabeth Stevens, who were from New Hampshire. Nancy was the daughter of Isaac Howe Sears and Nancy Jennings, who were from Saratoga, New York; Nancy’s grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War.

Tony’s paternal grandmother was Eva Johanna Ruth Jorgensen (the daughter of Christian Jorgensen and Anna Mette Mortensen). Eva was born in Västra Vingåker, Södermanland, Sweden.

Tony’s maternal grandfather was James Fay Montrose (the son of James Keyes Montrose and Anna Maria Gates). Tony’s grandfather James was born in Flint, Genesee, Michigan. Tony’s great-grandfather James was the son of James Montross and Julia Wilder. Anna was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Gates, whose father, and maternal grandfather, fought in the Revolutionary War; and of Hannah Maria Cleveland.

Tony’s maternal grandmother was Alice Lee Anders (the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Anders and Alwilda J. Roach). Alice was born in Denver, Denver Co., Colorado. Alwilda was the daughter of William H. Roach and Bathsheba V. Russell.

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