'Leave It to Beaver' star Tony Dow: See him then and now

Who didn't have a crush on Tony Dow all those years ago?

Dow was just 12 years old in 1957, when he became one of the most recognizable faces in America as Wally Cleaver in "Leave It to Beaver." He had just about zero acting experience, but producers saw major possibilities in the blonde-haired Hollywood native.

By his side during that exciting time was Jerry Mathers, who played his younger brother Beaver. The two would of course go their separate ways once the series ended in 1963, but they've periodically reconnected over the years. They appeared on the "Today" show together just last year, and they're both looking great! Dow is now 73 and Mathers is 70.

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UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 31: LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - gallery - 1960-61, Jerry Mathers (Beaver), Tony Dow (Wally), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
circa 1958: American actor Tony Dow looks over his shoulder while sitting on a beach, Santa Monica, California. Dow wears a casual top and light-colored pants rolled up at the cuffs. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: LEAVE IT TO BEAVER - 'Misc.' 1957-1963 Tony Dow (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
circa 1955: American actors Tony Dow (L)and Jerry Mathers pose together in a promotional portrait for the television show, 'Leave It to Beaver'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Leave It To Beaver,' circa 1959. Clockwise (from top): American actors Tony Dow, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley and Jerry Mathers. (Photo by R. Gates/Courtesy of Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 28: Tony Dow (as Wally Cleaver) stars in the CBS television situation comedy 'Leave It To Beaver' episode 'Train Trip.' Image dated: February 28, 1958. Los Angeles CA. Original Broadcast date April 9, 1958. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
Tony Dow, Barbara Billingsley, and Jerry Mathers star together on the situation comedy Leave It to Beaver.
Former Leave It To Beaver television series actor Tony Dow, wearing Los Angeles Dodgers uniform at stadium. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 9: Tony Dow attends ABC TV Affiliates Party on May 9, 1983 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1985: Actor Tony Dow from Leave It To Beaver in circa 1985 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MARCH 17: Actor Jerry Mathers and actor Tony Dow attend the Hollywood Radio & Television Society's 27th Annual International Broadcasting Awards on March 17, 1987 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 18: Tony Dow (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Barbara Billingsley (C) being kissed by former actors who played her sons on television series Leave it to Beaver, Tony Dow (L) and Jerry Mathers (R). (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
284835 15: Actor Tony Dow and wife arrive at the annual American Cinema Awards in Los Angeles, CA on November 2, 1996. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actor Tony Dow attends the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 7: Actors Jerry Mathers (left) and Tony Dow pose at the 2nd Annual TV Land Awards held on March 7, 2004 at The Hollywood Palladium, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Tony Dow during 2nd Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at The Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Backstage at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc for Nickelodeon Television)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 01: Actor Tony Dow attends the Hollywood Christmas Parade benefiting the Toys for Tots Foundation on December 1, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actors Jerry Mathers (L) and Tony Dow (R) attend the The Actors Fund's 2015 Looking Ahead Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 03: Actor Tony Dow attends the The Actors Fund's 2015 Looking Ahead Awards at Taglyan Cultural Complex on December 3, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 26: Tony Dow is seen arriving at 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on November 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Dow married in the late 1960s, and the couple had one son before divorcing a few years later. He had another child with his second wife, Lauren, and is now a proud grandfather.

An accomplished sculptor, Dow has as particular affinity for working with bronze. Barbara Billingsley, who played his mom on "Leave It to Beaver," displayed one of his bronze pieces in her backyard garden. She passed away in 2010 at 94 years old.

Dow may have left acting behind, but Hollywood is always in his blood. In late 2017, fans were excited to see him appear at the 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade -- rocking Santa-approved white facial hair! See the photos in the gallery above.

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American actress Candice Bergen conducts her toilette on the European set of Guy Green's 'The Magus', adapted from the book by John Fowles, October 1967. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
The American actress Candice Bergen on the set of the movie T.R. Baskin, directed by the American director Herbert Ross. USA, 1971.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - CIRCA 1966: Actress Candice Bergen attends a show in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
The American actress Candice Bergen poses with the stage dress she will wear in the movie The Sand Pebbles. USA, 1966.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Bewitched, beautiful and bespectacled...Candice Bergen is an American model in Paris who wears glasses and laughs very hard at the telephone jokes of Yves Montano in Live for Life.
UNITED STATES - MAY 01: American actress, Candice Bergen wearing a B. H. Wragge dress and earrings by Mimi di N; Hair by Carita (Photo by Bert Stern/Conde Nast via Getty Images)
circa 1967: American actor and model Candice Bergen. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1967: US actress and photojournalist Candice Bergen (1946 - ). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Half-length portrait of American actress Candice Bergen, who is smoking a cigarillo and looking at the camera. 1967.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Actress Candice Bergen on September 3, 1968 films scenes for the movie 'The Adventurers' at Cinecitta Studios in Cinecitta, Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Candice Bergen and Bekim Fehmiu during Film Set of 'The Adventurers' - September 3, 1968 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Close-up of the American actress Candice Bergen, gazing into the distance with a serious look. September 1968.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
American actress Candice Bergen on the set of the Magus in Mallorca, Spain. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Iconic Images/Getty Images)
The wonderful American actress Candice Bergen wears the precious jewels provided by Buccellati jeweller's shop for the movie The Adventurers, directed by the English director Lewis Gilbert and based on the American writer Harold Robbins' novel The Adventurers. Italy, 1968.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Candice Bergen during the filming of the movie 'The Hunting Party', director Don Medford, 1970, Almeria, Spain. (Photo by Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images).
LIFE magazine cover dated 07-24-1970 w. logo & legend Activist Actress Candice Bergen w. photo by Michael Mauney. (Photo by Michael Mauney/Life Magazine, Copyright Time Inc./The LIFE Premium Collection/Getty Images)
Actress Candice Bergen, at home with her pet dog Leonard. (Photo by Michael Mauney/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
A close-up of the American actress Candice Bergen during the shooting of the movie The Wind and the Lion, directed by the American director John Milius. USA, 1975.. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Headshot of Candice Bergen, US actress and fashion model, circa 1975. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1979: Candice Bergen circa 1979 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Platzer/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Portrait of American actress Candice Bergen as she poses in front of a window that overlooks Central Park, New York,New York, mid 1980s. (Photo by Oliver Morris/Getty Images)
Candice Bergen during Candice Bergen File Photos, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - CIRCA 1980: Candice Bergen on movie set circa 1980 in New York City. (Photo by Images Press/IMAGES/Getty Images)
Candice Bergen pictured in New York City in 1984. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Candice Bergen, host Johnny Carson on March 29, 1984 -- (Photo by: Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Candice Bergen and Louis Malle during 60th Annual Academy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen and director Louis Malle attend the 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 23, 1988 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen and daughter Chloe Malle and Disney executive Michael Eisner attend the 'Oliver & Company' Burbank Premiere on November 6, 1988 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen and daughter Chloe Malle attend the 'Oliver & Company' Burbank Premiere on November 6, 1988 at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen attends the 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1992 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen attends the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on August 30, 1992 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen attends the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 8, 1996 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CANDICE BERGEN ON MADISON AVENUE (Photo by Lawrence Schwartzwald/Sygma via Getty Images)
Candice Bergen and Dustin Hoffman during 1996 Pediatric Aids Picnic at Private Residence in Brentwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Actress Candice Bergen attends the 'Miss Congeniality' Hollywood Premiere on December 14, 2000 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
(L-R) Television personality Oprah Winfrey and Candice Bergen at launch party for Winfrey's cable channel OXYGEN. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American actress Candice Bergen, circa 2000. (Photo by Nancy R. Schiff/Getty Images)
Candice Bergen during CBS at 75 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Candice Bergen during Miramax Films Premiere Screening of 'The Station Agent' at The Walter Reade Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Candice Bergen and Robert De Niro during 2003 Tribeca Film Festival - Premiere of The In-Laws at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 29: Candice Bergen is on hand at the Dairy at Central Park to kick off a celebration of the park's 150th anniversary. The year-long celebration will include a birthday bash from dawn until dark on July 19. (Photo by Robert Rosamilio/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
THE 58th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Press Room -- Pictured: Candice Bergen, presenter for Aaron Spelling Tribute (Photo by Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Candice Bergen during 'Curse of the Golden Flower' New York City Premiere - Arrivals at Alice Tulley Hall - Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Candice Bergen at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Candice Bergen during 'Boston Legal' Celebrates It's Season One DVD Debut at The 21 Club in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ryan Born/WireImage)
LUIS GUERRA/�2009 RAMEY PHOTO New York, Nov. 03, 2009 This Photo: CANDICE BERGEN *EXCLUSIVE* Celebrities sighting at the Harley Show. PGlg68 (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 942 -- Pictured: Candice Bergen on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actress Candice Bergen attends the 'Murphy Brown' 25th anniversary event at Museum of Modern Art on December 11, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Actress Candice Bergen attends the Museum of the Moving Image 30th Annual Salute at 583 Park Avenue on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 23: Candice Bergen attends The World Science Festival 2016 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Candice Bergen attends Lincoln Center's American Songbook Gala honoring Lorne Michaels at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on February 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actress Candice Bergen arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Book Club' at Regency Village Theatre on May 6, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - MAY 06: Actress Candice Bergen arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Book Club' at Regency Village Theatre on May 6, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
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