Tony Dow – The Artist Formerly Known As Wally
by Ronald Sklar
These days, Leave It To Beaver’s Tony Dow stays out of trouble as a sculptor.
“I’m sort of a tool hound,” Tony Dow tells me, “and I learned how to use them so that my technique caught up to my desire.”
Already a beloved actor from the days of classic TV, and a producer and director during the many decades since, Dow has currently molded an amazing sculpting career for himself.
After co-starring in the iconic sitcom Leave It To Beaver from 1957-1963, he continued to act, but another kind of art beckoned.
“When I was a teenager, I did some painting and collaging and some assemblages and stuff like that,” says the soft-spoken Hollywood native. “I went to UCLA and took some art classes, which I found mostly useless.”
Today, though, he creates abstract burl wood sculptures often dipped in bronze. For this, he garners some serious respect in the art world. Among other exhibits, his work was chosen for exhibition at the Salon 2008 de la National des Beaux Arts in Paris. He’s also shown at the Del Mar, Westwood and Avalon art festivals.
“I enjoy the doing of it,” he says. “It was like that when I was acting. I enjoyed rehearsing. I enjoyed the process. It’s the same with the sculpture. I enjoy the process. Usually, I’m pleased with it.”