Richard Thomas is a well-known American actor who played John-Boy Walton in the television series “The Waltons.” The series was a historical drama series about a family in rural Virginia between the Great Depression and World War II. The program was a huge hit with both fans and reviewers, and it has now gone into syndication.
Thomas was born on June 13, 1951, in Manhattan, New York, to parents who worked in the entertainment industry. His mother, Barbara Fallis, and father, Richard Scott Thomas, were both New York City Ballet performers. He earned the role of John-Boy in “The Waltons” after starting at Columbia College at Columbia University and ended up quitting college during his junior year to dedicate himself to the job full-time. He then relocated to Los Angeles, California, across the nation.
Although his part in “The Waltons” remains his most notable performance, he has also had some remarkable performances in the miniseries “It” and the spy thriller series “The Americans.” While fans and reviewers have praised Thomas for his efforts in the entertainment business, he has also found love in his personal life.
He’s been married twice and has seven gorgeous children, including a set of triplets. What makes Thomas’ family unique is that he has the same number of children as the Waltons on the program. Continue reading to learn more about Thomas’ job and his adorable children.
“The Waltons” is an American historical drama series created by Earl Hamner Jr. that chronicles the life of the Walton family and tells people what it was like to live in rural Virginia during the Great Depression. The series, which ran from September 1972 to June 1981, was based on the 1961 novel “Spencer’s Mountain” and the 1963 film of the same name. The TV movie “The Homecoming: A Christmas Story” was so popular that the CBS network produced the TV sitcom “The Waltons” in December 1971. Warner Bros. has subsequently syndicated the show in syndication.
“The Waltons” followed John-Boy and his six siblings, as well as his parents and paternal grandparents. “Goodnight, John-Boy,” one of the show’s most popular catchphrases, came from the family’s habit of saying a long round of goodnights before going to bed each night.
Existence, as they say, imitates art, and it looks that Thomas’ life has coincided with “The Waltons.” Thomas is the delighted father of seven children in real life, just as there were seven children on the TV program. “You just relive a certain type of joyful childhood, don’t you?” Thomas stated in 2019 on the Australian morning television show “Studio 10,” according to the Outsider.
He departed “The Waltons” in 1977, having already established a family. Thomas married Alma Gonzales in 1975, and the couple had their first and only son, Richard Francisco, in 1976. Gonzales’ parents were in for a big surprise the second time she fell pregnant.
Gonzales knew she was pregnant with twins since twins run in her family on both sides, according to the Outsider. Gonzales went into labor three weeks early in 1981, and a scan found a third heartbeat. Pilar, Barbara, and Gwyneth, her triplet daughters, were born on August 21, 1981. Thomas and Gonzales divorced in 1993, though.
According to the Outsider, Thomas remarried and married Georgiana Bischoff over the Thanksgiving season of 1994. Montana, the couple’s first child, was born in 1996. Bischoff also has two children from prior marriages, daughters Brooke and Kendra. Thomas was legally the father of seven children in a lovely blended family.
The actor’s children are now adults. In a December 2020 interview with Closer Weekly, Thomas said that his children were spread around the country, residing in California, Oregon, and New York. Thomas is currently the grandpa of five grandkids, in addition to being the father of seven children. Someone with such a large and mixed family is going to have some advice on how to be a wonderful parent. “Don’t attempt to make them be like you,” Thomas said as parenting advice. “Please leave them alone.”
“I don’t mean let children go out and play in traffic,” he said. But allow them to develop into who they are. It’s not new wisdom; we all try, and it’s easier said than done. But it’s significant.” It’s no wonder that Thomas has a huge and gorgeous family in real life after appearing on a hit sitcom with such a large family. His family is continually expanding as his children have begun to have children of their own.