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Richard Earl Thomas (born June 13, 1951) is an American actor, best known as budding author "John-Boy" in the CBS Television Series The Waltons. Thomas was born Richard Earl Thomas in New York City, the son of Richard Thomas (born circa 1925) and the former Barbara Fallis. His parents were each dancers with the New York City Ballet and owned the New York School of Ballet. He attended The Allen-Stevenson School and Collegiate School in Manhattan. Thomas was seven when he made his Broadway debut in Sunrise at Campobello (1958) playing John Roosevelt, son of future U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
He soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the presentation of Ibsen`s A Doll`s House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer, and Hume Cronyn. He then began acting in daytime TV, appearing in soap operas such as The Edge of Night (as Ben Schultz, 1961) and As the World Turns (as Tom Hughes, 1966-67), which were broadcast from his native Manhattan.
Thomas received his first major roles in film, appearing in the 1969 motion pictures Winning with Paul Newman, about auto racing, and Last Summer with Barbara Hershey, a summer coming-of-age movie. He became nationally recognized for his portrayal of John "John-Boy" Walton, Jr. in the 1970s TV series The Waltons, which was based on the real-life of writer Earl Hamner, Jr. He appeared in the 1971 pilot, "The Homecoming," and then played the role continuously in 122 episodes until 1978. Thomas left the series and his role was taken over by Robert Wightman, but Thomas returned to the role in three Waltons TV movies, 1993-97. Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1972. He enrolled in Columbia College of Columbia University as a member of the class of 1973 but left after his junior year. He played the lead roles of Private Henry Fleming in the 1974 TV movie The Red Badge of Courage, and Paul Baumer in the 1979 TV movie All Quiet on the Western Front. In further TV movies, he played the title role in the biopic Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr Story (1983), Will Mossup in Hobson’s Choice (1983), Henry Durrie in The Master of Ballantrae (1984), and William Denbrough in Stephen King’s It (1990).
Thomas has been married twice, to Alma Gonzales and Georgiana Bischoff. He married his first wife Alma Gonzales in 1975 and the marriage lasted for almost two decades which ended in divorce in 1993. A year after he and Gonzales divorced, Thomas married Georgiana Bischoff in 1994 and have been for fourteen years as of 2008. He and Alma had one son Richard Francisco born 1976 and triplet daughters Barbara Ayala, Michelle Gonzales and Pilar Alma born 26th August 1981; and he and Georgiana have one son Montana James born 28th July 1996 and one daughter.
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Richard Earl Thomas (born June 13, 1951) is a New Zealand actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, where he won one Emmy Award, and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
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Michelle Gonzales (daughter), Pilar Alma (daughter), Barbara Ayala (daughter), Richard Francisco (son), Montana James (son)
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