“The Waltons” made such an impact on American pop-culture that people are still saying, “Goodnight, John-Boy!” Here’s what’s the cast has been up to since the final episode of “The Waltons.”
Jon Walmsley (Jason Walton): Jon Walmsley, who played Jason Walton, is an experienced songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, playing with artists like Brian Setzer, David Koz, and The Doobie Brothers. Currently, Walmsley is working with his band The U.K. Beat, which plays 1960s British rock music. The most notable acting he’s done since the original run of “The Waltons” includes reprising his character for various “Waltons” specials.
Mary Beth McDonough (Erin Walton): Mary Beth McDonough has been steadily acting through the years with roles in “Alley McBeal”(1999), “Walker, Texas Ranger” (1999), “Will & Grace” (2002), “The West Wing” (2002), and “Boston Legal” (2006). She had a recurring role on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” (2006-2009) as Mrs. Wilhoite. This year, she’s starring as Elizabeth in the television movie “Lake Effects.”
Eric Scott (Ben Walton): Eric Scott has not done much acting outside of “The Waltons” television specials. His other acting credits include “The Fall Guy” (1985), “Defying Gravity” (1997) and “Never Again” (2001). Currently, Scott is the vice president of Chase Messengers, a Sherman Oaks, California delivery service.
Judy Norton (Mary Ellen Walton): Judy Norton attempted to separate herself from her Walton image by posing nude in the August 1985 issue of “Playboy.” She has stayed in the acting business, with roles in “You, Me and the Kids” (1999), “Cold Squad” (1999), “Beggars and Choosers” (1999) and the television movie “Off Season” (2001). She was recently seen in 2011’s “Poker Girls,” and she has just finished her role in feature film “Finding Harmony.” She has also signed on for upcoming feature film, “Hansel & Gretel—Witch Slayers.” Norton also focuses on stage work; she directs and performs in stage productions such as “A Chorus Line” and “Stars and Stripes.”
David W. Harper (Jim-Bob Walton): Harper acted in “The Blue and the Gray” (1982), “Fletch” (1985) and “3:15” (1986), but aside from “The Waltons” specials, Harper hasn’t done much in the entertainment industry. Harper has kept his personal life very private, but did reveal he was writing a book during an interview with Rockfish-river.com.
Kami Cotler (Elizabeth Walton): Like Harper, Kami Cotler also hasn’t done much in the entertainment industry outside of “The Waltons” franchise. She found her niche in education instead; she worked as a teacher in the same area of Virginia in which “The Waltons” was based before moving back to her home state of California. Currently, she has her own educational consulting business and works as the founding principal of Environmental Charter Middle School in Inglewood, California.
Ralph Waite (John Walton, Sr.): At the time of his stint in “The Waltons,” Ralph Waite was already a veteran actor. Since then, has stayed in the acting business with roles in shows such as “Murder, She Wrote” (1989), “The Outer Limits” (1999), “All My Children” (2001), “The Practice” (2004) and “Cold Case” (2007). He’s had recurring roles on “Murder One” (1996), “Carnivàle” (2003-2005), “Days of Our Lives (2009-2010) and “NCIS” (2008-2012). He has appeared in several movies as well, such as “The Bodyguard” (1992) and “Cliffhanger” (1993).
Ellen Corby (Esther Walton): Esther Walton also had a storied Hollywood career before playing the Walton clan’s grandmother. Sadly, her last film was the television movie “A Walton Easter.” She died April 14, 1999 of natural causes.
Michael Learned (Olivia Walton): Younger generations might recognize Michael Learned from “Scrubs” during her 2006-2009 stint as Mrs. Wilk. Aside from “Scrubs,” Learned has also starred in several soap operas, such as “All My Children” (2005), “One Life to Live” (2005), “General Hospital” (2010) and most recently, “The Young and the Restless” (2011). In 2007, Learned and the late Tom Bosley performed in the touring production of “On Golden Pond.”
Richard Thomas (John-Boy Walton): Probably the most popular Walton, Richard Thomas is still in Hollywood, acting in shows like “The Outer Limits” (1995), “Touched by an Angel” (1997-1998), “Just Cause” (2002-2003) and most recently, “Rizzoli & Isles” (2011) and “BloodHounds, Inc.” (2011). He’s also produced a few shorts and television films.
Ronnie Claire Edwards (Corabeth Walton): Ronnie Claire Edwards has appeared on three of the biggest soap operas of the ‘80s—“Dallas” (1984), “Falcon Crest” (1985) and “Dynasty” (1985). She also co-starred with Geena Davis in short-lived series, “Sara” (1985). Her most recent acting role was in “12 Miles of Bad Road” (2007). She has also published her memoir called “The Knife Thrower’s Assistant: Memoirs of a Human Target.” She now lives in Dallas, and she has renovated the 1911 St. Joseph’s German Catholic Church and nearby school.
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