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John-Boy Walton

As the eldest son of the Walton family John-Boy carries much of the responsibility of helping his parents around the home and with looking after his younger siblings which at times he can be a bit resentfull of. John-Boy has a passion for writing. He writes about his family and experiences every night in his journal. At the age of 18 he enters Boatwright University to study writing. To make ends meet he works as a school librarian. By 21 he has bought his own printing press and begins to publish a regional paper called "The Blue Ridge Chronicle". Later that year his first novel is published and he makes the choice to leave the mountain for New York to pursue his writing career. During World War II while writing for "Stars and Stripes"magazine he becomes lost at sea. After suffering a bout of amnesia John-Boy returns to Europe and continues to write for the "Stars and Stripes" After the war he goes back to New York and submits a war novel to his publisher which gets rejected. He then finds a career in television where he serves as a news anchor. He meets Janet Gilchrist who is an editor for Harper's magazine. The two are married on Walton's Mountain.

Featured storylines  
"The Hunt" (s1-ep4) "The Typewriter" (s1-ep5)
"The Literary Man" (s1-ep11) "The Actress" (s1-ep15)
"The Love Story" (s1-ep17) "The Deed" (s1-ep20)
"The Townie" (s1-ep23) "The Journey" (s2-ep1)
"The Odyssey" (s2-ep2) "The Chicken Thief" (s2-ep6)
"The Thanksgiving Story" (s2-ep10) "The Triangle" (s2-ep14)
"The Honeymoon" (s2-ep16) "The Graduation" (s2-ep22)
"The Car" (s2-ep24) "The First Day" (s3-ep2)
"The Thoroughbred" (s3-ep3) "The Ring" (s3-ep6)
"The System" (s3-ep7) "The Marathon" (s3-ep9)
"The Book" (s3-ep10) "The Job" (s3-ep11)
"The Beguiled" (s3-ep17) "The Statue" (s3-ep21)
"The Woman" (s3-ep23) "The Sermon" (s4-ep1)
"The Breakdown" (s4-ep6) "The Wing-Walker" (s4-ep7)
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Richard Thomas

Born: June 13, 1951 in New York City

Richard Thomas has been acting since the age of 7. His parents were with the New York City Ballet and owned the New York School of Ballet. They gave Richard a foundation of dance which is evident in his physical acting. By the time he was cast in The Homecoming as John-Boy at the age of 20 he was already an experienced veteran of stage and screen. His Broadway debut at the age of 7 in Sunrise at Campobello would pave the way for his long illustrious career.

Some of Richard's other dramatic work includes the 1974 TV movie of The Red Badge of Courage, Roots II: The Next Generations which included his Walton co-stars Hal Williams and Lynn Hamilton, the Michael Douglas movie The Wonder Boys and more recently he has starred in the 2013 Keri Russell FX series The Americans.

Did you know:

  • John-Boy's nickname was "Sprocket" when he was growing up.
  • Richard's middle name is Earl. Wonder what Waltons creator Earl Hamner Jr. thought about that?


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Love Interests:

Marcia Woolery
Jenny Pendleton
Selena Linville
Daisy Garner
Madeline Bennett
Bobby Strom
Simone Berringer
Jane Schuyler
Janet Gilcrest















After The Waltons


Richard Thomas made some Minute Maid Ads which featured his family and triplets. Here are 3 ads from 1984, 1985 and 1986.

Robert Wightman

The character of John-Boy was portrayed in seasons 8, 9 and the 3rd movie special, by actor Robert Wightman. While many will argue that he did not fill the shoes of the iconic character created by Richard Thomas it could be argued that during the last 2 seasons as the last of the original adult family members left the show Robert Wightman's portrayel was one of the last nuanced strengths of the whithering series.

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