Tony Dow's wife once accidentally called him Wally while dating

Even as an adult, the world saw Dow as Wally.

Being a part of a legendary television show comes with lots of benefits. For Tony Dow, who played Beaver's older brother Wally on Leave It to Beaver, the opportunity was something he held close to his heart.

The actor got the chance to experience life in a new light, and even though he had other roles, he still enjoyed the connection to the sitcom.

In 2003, Dow was a featured speaker at the annual Lexington Chamber of Commerce dinner at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Missouri. During an interview with The Kansas City Star newspaper, he revealed how the opportunity came about and his wife, Lauren, said she once accidentally called him Wally.

Public speaking wasn't Dow's thing, but it was a favor for his brother-in-law. Lauren's brother asked the actor if he could speak at the dinner where he and the show would be honored

"It's a rare for me. It scares me to death every time I have to do it," he said to The Kansas City Star reporter Brian McTavish. "I haven't really sat down and outlined it yet. I'll do it on the plane. I'll forget it if I do it now."

He and his wife met in the '70s and started dating after she helped him get cast in a McDonald's commercial. Lauren initially thought it was cool that the actor wanted to date her.

"I was pretty thrilled that he would think that I was cool enough to want to be with me," she said. "With time, he just seemed to be a regular guy. It didn't take long."

Although Dow was all grown up, there was a time Lauren found herself calling him his character's name. She said, "But I will say when we were kind of dating, one day I slipped up and called him Wally. That was terrible."

Dow didn't seem to mind, though, because he understood the series' connection to the rest of the world.

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Sway 22 days ago
At least she didn't call him Lumpy.
MadMadMadWorld Sway 11 days ago
Eddie would have been a funnier name, but Lumpy is also laugh riot! Wally was the smartest one of the three, by far!
Beta6 24 days ago
That was fun. I have never seen it till now. LOVE Eddie being Eddie.
JKMallaber 26 days ago
If I were him, I would have laughed it off, and joked about how she got to date two guys at once. Probably would've got myself in trouble, actually.
LoveMETV22 26 days ago
Fun story. Although I couldn't find the McDonalds commercial that Tony Dow appeared in as mentioned. There was a commercial with some other MeTV celebrities.
Fun ad! I don’t think I have ever seen it before. 🤔
Michael 26 days ago
Is this like if she'd said some other man's name? Or is it okay because it was his character's name?
daDoctah Michael 26 days ago
I think he was okay with being identified with the character. The guys who made the movie Airplane! got him to appear as Wally in the courtroom sketch (Jerry Mathers was asked to participate but declined, so "The Beaver" was played by co-writer Jerry Zucker).
harlow1313 26 days ago
Well, I can top that. Back when I was married, my wife would shout "Wally" during intimate moments.

Sadly, my name isn't Wally.
daDoctah harlow1313 26 days ago
You sure you didn't just mishear her shouting "Voilà!"?
Barry22 harlow1313 25 days ago
My wife would shout out "Wake Up!"
PhilK harlow1313 24 days ago
Did she say you were being a little too hard on the beaver?
harlow1313 PhilK 24 days ago
Well done.
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