The character of John-Boy Walton was a beloved and central figure on the 1970s television show “The Waltons.” The actor who portrayed John-Boy, Richard Thomas, is still very much alive and has continued to work in the entertainment industry since the show ended in 1981.
“The Waltons” was a family drama set in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II. It followed the lives of the Walton family, including John-Boy, the oldest son, who aspired to be a writer. The show was known for its heartwarming storytelling and strong family values.
Richard Thomas was just 21 years old when he was cast as John-Boy and he went on to become one of the most recognizable faces on television during the show’s nine seasons. After “The Waltons” ended, Thomas continued to act in a variety of roles, including stage, film, and television. Some of his notable post-“Waltons” credits include “It,” “The Judge,” and “The Affair.”
So, to answer the question: Yes, the real John-Boy Walton is still alive. Richard Thomas is now 73 years old and continues to be active in the entertainment industry. While he will always be remembered as the beloved John-Boy to many fans, he has had a long and varied career that has taken him far beyond the Walton family homestead.
You might also be interested to know that the Walton family was based on a real-life Virginia family. Growing up in Schuyler, a town of about 400, the Hamner family served as the inspiration for John-Boy and all the rest of The Waltons favorites.
You can even visit Shuyler today if you want to drink in some of the spirit of the classic TV show. If you listen closely as the sun goes done, you might even hear John-Boy call out his good night greeting in the dusk of the long ago.