5 shows Tony Dow appeared on after Leave It to Beaver

Here are five shows where Dow wasn't called Wally.

Tony Dow might've had no idea that he'd be an actor before getting the role of Wally on Leave It to Beaver, but his success after the show proves elsewise — even if in later life he chose to work behind the camera on special effects and even became a respected sculptor.

We all remember him as the older brother to Beaver, and many generations after us will, too. Still, Dow made appearances on several television shows after Leave It to Beaver ended. Here are five of those appearances.

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1. My Three Sons

In the episode "Guest in the House," Dow played Gilbert Thornbury, a young boy mistaken for a visitor Steve was expecting. Steve, who was out of town, asked Bub and the boys to take care of the visitor.

2. Knight Rider

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In the episode "Nobody Does It Better," Dow played Julian Groves, the main suspect when computer software was stolen from Deltron Micronics. 

3. General Hospital

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Dow appeared in multiple epsiodes of the popular soap General Hospital. 

4. Adam-12

In the episode "Log 69: Cigarettes, Cars, and Wild, Wild Women," Dow played Cpl. Wayne Miller. Reed and Malloy have to break up an auto theft ring, where they find women stealing cars and taking them to chop shops to resell the pieces.

5. Murder, She Wrote

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In the episode "Crossed Up," Dow played Gordon Rogers. Phone wires get crossed during a storm, and Jessica (Angela Lansbury) can't convince anyone that what she heard was a murder plot.

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TomBoughan 1 month ago
I thought he appeared in a Lassie episode with another 50s sitcom actor. They were both adults. Can't remember who the other actor was. This was time when a park ranger had Lassie, so later episode. Also, Tony Dow did quite a few directing shows, especially Babylon 5. I can imagine Bill Mumy and Tony Dow on same set.
Big3Fan 2 months ago
Mike, Robbie and Chip really gave Gilbert the business.
RedSamRackham 2 months ago
* He was also in cast of daytime soap NEVER TOO YOUNG! So was Tommy Rettig.
Barry22 2 months ago
I think he also did a Love Boat. (But then, who didn't?)
Sway 2 months ago
I remember seeing Tony Dow on People's Court with Judge Wapner. Tony was a witness or moral support for the complainant in a landlord dispute. Judge Wapner acknowledged recognizing him. I don't think Tony testified.
MrsPhilHarris 2 months ago
I hated the way Mike, Robbie and Chip treated him on My Three Sons. 🤨
Yeah but that was a really great episode. I love the early ones before Ernie and uncle Charlie.
I’m cringing watching it now. Needy Polly has trapped Chip. He should have kicked her to the curb. What a whiner. Even Dodie isn’t that annoying. Can’t wait for it to get back to the first season.
cperrynaples 2 months ago
You left out Never Too Young, a short-lived soap opera aimed at teens that preceeded 90210 by 25 years! Fun Fact: Its replacement was Dark Shadows, which reached the audience NTY was trying to appeal to!
Pacificsun 2 months ago
He surely is missed. Someone so familiar to us. Like the great friend we never had.

I hope his family knows how appreciated he was.

Thanks MeTV Staff for remembering him through the Holidays!
LoveMETV22 Pacificsun 2 months ago
Was having a conversation last week with a commenter who went to an event recently that
Leave it to Beaver cast attended. She/He said the cast were very nice, especially Tony's wife.
Pacificsun LoveMETV22 2 months ago
I watch owl-night TV, and only one time between Shows, they ran like a 15 sec. promo for a LITB meet and greet. Those are the cheapest rates for advertising and maybe it was an opportunity given by MeTV/Comcast anyway. I wonder if it was in NorCal. I think was offered (but am not positive) for a Friday.

Thank you so much for sharing. If they do it again, locally, or with a larger Con, I'll go. That would be cool, and to say Thank You to them.
teire 2 months ago
I remember seeing the My Three Sons role as a kid and being so happy to see him on TV again. “Cornflower blue.” Still my crush.
Michael 2 months ago
The writers are getting up early. Must be the Christmas excitement.

I never watched Leave it to Beaver until reruns in the eighties. So the adult Wally seems more familiar to me.
MrsPhilHarris Michael 2 months ago
I never save LITB until the 80s either.
bagandwallyfan52 2 months ago
I MISS TONY DOW
WALLY IS MY FAVORITE ROLE OF
TONY DOW. THE CASTING DIRECTOR
OF LEAVE IT TO BEAVER COULD HAVE SEARCHED ALL 50 STATES AND I
GUARANTEE THAT NOBODY BUT
NOBODY COULD PLAY WALLY AS
GREAT AS THE WONDERFUL ACTOR
TONY DOW. I ALSO MISS KEN OSMOND
(Eddie Haskell) and FRANK BANK
(Lumpy Rutherford).
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