Dow was thrust into stardom at age 12, when he was forged on the soon-to-be-smash sitcom “Depart It to Beaver.” Within the function, Dow helped create the archetype of a suburban nuclear household and have become a family identify to hundreds of thousands of viewers. The present ran from 1957 to 1963.
“There went my life,” he stated.
Wally Cleaver, the straight-arrow teenage son, star athlete and Boy Scout, turned inextricably tied to Dow, who stated he struggled to face on his personal.
“It is unhappy to be well-known at 12 years previous or one thing, and then you definitely develop up and turn into an actual individual, and nothing’s occurred for you,” he advised CBS.
Dow, who stated he skilled undiagnosed despair from age 20 to age 40, spoke out for many years about his psychological well being challenges, lengthy earlier than it was frequent for celebrities to reveal that data publicly. In 1993, he was an honorary speaker at a conference for the Nationwide Depressive and Manic-Depressive Affiliation.
Dow advised CBS that when he accepted his analysis and commenced therapy, he discovered hope. He channeled that hope into artwork, too, sculpting ornate items at his residence studio.
“I believe folks ought to take the leap of religion that they will really feel higher,” he stated.
Dow continued to work in Hollywood, taking components in TV sequence and even reprising his function in “The New Depart It to Beaver” within the Eighties. He additionally directed episodes of sequence like “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Coach” and “Star Trek: Deep Area 9.”