The last-ever episode of The Waltons aired on CBS June 4, 1981, leaving many followers who’ve grown to like the present throughout its nine-season run on the channel devastated.
Overlaying the interval between the Nice Melancholy and World Battle II, the drama advised the story of John Walton Sr. and his household from the attitude of his oldest son, bold journalist John-Boy.
Fortuitously for followers, the present now airs on Hallmark.
John-Boy’s character was loosely based mostly on Earl Hamner Jr., the creator of ‘The Waltons.’
The Waltons relies on the 1961 autobiographical novel by Earl Hamner Jr., Spencer’s Mountain, which affords a uncommon glimpse into the day-to-day lifetime of a West Virginian household.
The TV collection revolves round a household of 9 residing on Walton’s Mountain. Whereas the pinnacle of the household, John Walton Sr., makes a residing by working a close-by sawmill, the youngsters need to search for their very own adventures, coming into pig competitions, attending festivals, and the like.
Because the oldest son of the household, John-Boy has extra duties than the opposite youngsters. Decided to grow to be a journalist or a author, he leaves the household nest and enrolls at Boatwright College. Throughout his time on the faculty, he makes ends meet as a librarian, and shortly sufficient, he additionally acquires a printing press to publish his personal title, The Blue Ridge Chronicle.
His profession ambitions are minimize brief by World Battle II. After the assault on Pearl Harbor, John-Boy, like the opposite males within the household, has to enroll within the navy. He ultimately turns into a struggle correspondent, writing for the Stars and Stripes. For some time, some worry that he has vanished, however he returns to Walton’s Mountain in the long run.
Within the final season of the present, John-Boy units out to New York to debate his guide draft with an editor. Sadly, his manuscript is turned down, main him to make his means again to his household.
Richard Thomas, the actor initially solid in John-Boy’s function, left ‘The Waltons’ in 1978.
Richard Thomas portrayed John-Boy’s character between Seasons 1 and 6. Whereas it is unsure why the actor determined to stop, it is understood that he remained on good phrases with the solid and the creators alike. It appears that evidently, probably, Richard opted to depart to pursue different pursuits, as actors who’ve been in a single function for a very long time, like John-Boy, typically do.
“It was a beautiful household. It was a household feeling … we had been all very suitable, all of us had an excellent time, lot of affection, lot of enjoyable, lot of laughter … over time we have stayed in contact and … there is a very robust bond that is by no means gone away,” Richard defined in a earlier interview with Antenna TV.
Richard went on to have roles in Roots, It, The Adventures of Swiss Household Robinson, Simply Trigger, The People, and, most lately, The Comey Rule. He additionally reprised his function as John-Boy in a number of The Waltons film spinoffs within the ’90s.
Robert Wightman took over John-Boy’s function in a Season eight episode, titled “The Ready,” and he continued to play the favored character up till the last-ever episode of the TV present, “The Revel.” Afterward, the actor went on to look in films like Impulse and Stepfather III, and TV exhibits like On Wings of Eagles.