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Also Known As: Richard Thomas Jr., Richard Earl Thomas Died:
Born: June 13, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director

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Armed with a lifetime of talent and training with which to battle against Hollywood typecasting, actor Richard Thomas would, nonetheless, be forever identified with John-Boy, the earnest eldest son of "The Waltons" (CBS, 1972-1981). Born into a New York show business family, he made his Broadway debut at the age of seven, and later on film opposite Paul Newman in "Winning" (1969). The 20-year-old actor was already gaining modest notoriety as a gifted young star in films like "Last Summer" (1971) by the time his leading role in "The Waltons" made him a bona fide television star. When Thomas left the show in 1977 in order to pursue other roles, it proved difficult to shed the lingering image of the somewhat naïve John-Boy. Campy genre work in films like Roger Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980) was balanced out by more rewarding efforts on stage in such Broadway productions as "Fifth of July." Thomas garnered accolades for his titular role in the music biopic "Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story" (NBC, 1983) and as a man haunted by a childhood terror in "It" (ABC, 1990). Continuing to mix television work with his theatrical endeavors, he took part in such lauded stage productions as "The...

Armed with a lifetime of talent and training with which to battle against Hollywood typecasting, actor Richard Thomas would, nonetheless, be forever identified with John-Boy, the earnest eldest son of "The Waltons" (CBS, 1972-1981). Born into a New York show business family, he made his Broadway debut at the age of seven, and later on film opposite Paul Newman in "Winning" (1969). The 20-year-old actor was already gaining modest notoriety as a gifted young star in films like "Last Summer" (1971) by the time his leading role in "The Waltons" made him a bona fide television star. When Thomas left the show in 1977 in order to pursue other roles, it proved difficult to shed the lingering image of the somewhat naïve John-Boy. Campy genre work in films like Roger Corman's "Battle Beyond the Stars" (1980) was balanced out by more rewarding efforts on stage in such Broadway productions as "Fifth of July." Thomas garnered accolades for his titular role in the music biopic "Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story" (NBC, 1983) and as a man haunted by a childhood terror in "It" (ABC, 1990). Continuing to mix television work with his theatrical endeavors, he took part in such lauded stage productions as "The Stendhal Syndrome" in 2004 and "Race" in 2009. Decades after leaving Waltons Mountain, Thomas appeared both content with his television legacy and determined to continually seek out new challenges as an actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Taking Woodstock (2009)
2.
 Sacred Stage (2005)
4.
 Miracle of the Cards, The (2001) Dr Kassell
5.
 In the Name of the People (2000) Jack Murphy
6.
 Christmas Secret, The (2000) Jerry Mcneal
8.
 Big & Hairy (1998) Victor Dewlap
9.
 Riding the Rails (1997) Narrator
10.
 Walton Easter, A (1997) John-Boy Walton
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Milestones close milestones

1957:
Stage debut in Sacandaga, NY production of "Damn Yankees"
1958:
Broadway debut, "Sunrise at Campobello"
1959:
TV debut in Hallmark Hall of Fame production "A Christmas Tree" (NBC)
1961:
TV series debut as a regular on the NBC children's educational series "1, 2, 3, Go!"
:
Featured on the ABC daytime drama "Flame in the Wind/A Time for Us"
:
Was third actor to portray Tom Hughes on the CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1969:
Feature film debut "Winning"
1971:
First played John-Boy Walton in "The Homecoming--A Christmas Story" (CBS)
:
Reprised role of John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama series "The Waltons"
1974:
Played first stage role as an adult in L.A. production of Shaw's "Saint Joan"
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TV directing debut, episodes of "The Waltons"
1978:
Played Hamlet at Hartford (CT) Stage Company
1983:
Made excutive producing debut with NBC TV-movie, "Living Proof: The Hank Williams Story" (also starred)
1985:
Won praise for stage performance in title role of "The Count of Monte Cristo" in washington, DC
1993:
Reprised role of John-Boy Walton in TV special "A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion" (CBS)
1995:
Played John-Boy again in "A Walton Wedding" (CBS)
1998:
Co-hosted "It's a Miracle" on Pax TV
2000:
Appeared on the London stage in "Art"; rejoined the play in July 2001, appearing with Joe Morton and Judd Hirsch
2004:
Returned to broadway in Michael Frayn's "Democracy"
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -

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wife:
Alma Thomas. Born c. 1947; married on February 14, 1975; separated May 1992; mother of Thomas' four older children, including triplets; divorced.
wife:
Georgiana Bischoff. Art dealer. Born c. 1960; married on November 20, 1994; has two children from two previous marriages.

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father:
Richard S Thomas. Ballet instructor.
mother:
Barbara Thomas. Ballet dancer.
son:
Richard Francisco Thomas. Born c. 1977.
daughter:
Barbara Ayala Thomas. Born c. 1981; one of three triplets.
daughter:
Gwyneth Gonzales Thomas. Born c. 1981; one of three triplets.
daughter:
Pilar Alma Thomas. Born c. 1981; one of three triplets.
son:
Montana James Thomas. Born on July 28, 1996; mother, Georgiana Bischoff.
step-daughter:
Brooke.
step-daughter:
Kendra.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Poems by Richard Thomas" Avon
"In the Moment" Avon

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