Jul 20, 2017
Who is Tony Dow's Boyfriend?
It looks like Venice Beach in Los Angeles (the cabana in the background says "Charter 0").
The guy on the right is Tony Dow, the teen hunk of Leave It to Beaver, shirtless, in his standard white shorts. Sometime in the early 1960s.
He's with a guy who is about his height and age, buffed, with a severe military haircut, wearing a dark t-shirt and cut-off jeans. They're both barefoot, and they both bulge to the left.
Tony is looking at the photographer, while the other guy is facing away, not sure what to do. It's not a posed photo, it's a candid, two guys caught in an informal moment. Hanging out together, or on a date.
But who is Tony's boyfriend?
I cropped the photo, but the original doesn't display any more information. There are three guys sitting on the left, and there's a partial watermark: eart.ltd edit
Three possibilities have been suggested:
Severe military haircut, but the guy in the photo doesn't look like him.
The guy in the photo is definitely not Tommy Rettig.
3. John "Butchie" Davidson. Not the actor, the physique model. He was in Los Angeles for only a few months in the spring of 1965 before shipping out to Vietnam (he died tragically en route). But during those months, he starred in several Athletic Model Guild films and got the cover of Physique Pictorial.
Same haircut, same hands, same face.
Tony Dow never appeared in Physique Pictorial, but he mostly likely knew about it. It's not inconceivable that he met Butchie, and was showing him the sights that day when an anonymous photographer snapped his picture.
There are nude photos of John Davidson on Tales of West Hollywood.
See also: Tony Dow Dating and Hookup Stories