‘The Waltons’ Star Richard Thomas Was ‘Shocked’ He Won an Emmy for John Boy

by Chase Thomas
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The Waltons is back and folks could not be more excited about it. The show has been rebooted on the CW with The Waltons: Homecoming. It brought back some familiar names and faces from the original series that. We’re sure brought smiles to so many faces in December.

Yes, Richard Thomas returned, but this time as the narrator for the special on the CW. Thomas was an icon on the original series where he played the role of John Boy. You might be surprised to learn that Thomas was “shocked” when he won an Emmy for the role of John-Boy.

Hilariously, Thomas compared the achievement to an event involving his son. He compared it to when his 20-year-old kid made the Dean’s List for the second time in a row in college. “It was amazing in the best possible way,” Thomas continued.

“I didn’t even think about Emmy’s.” It was very cool to Thomas for him to win such a prestigious award. However, it was not something he was thinking about at that time. He was focused on acting and was a kid when all the fame came and the big-time award came.

Richard Thomas on ‘The Waltons’

Thomas was a mainstay star on The Waltons decades ago. He gained fame on the program as a child where he played John Boy.

He told KSite TV, “I started really young. One of the great things about growing up and consistently working as a child actor, if you have a nice career as a child actor, when you get these people playing your parents, you get all these fantastic people to learn from. So that was my academy, really, growing up, because I was never trained, but the academy I was at was the academy of Barbara Bel Geddes, and Geraldine Page, and Paul Newman, and Jessica Tandy, and Joanne Woodward, and then when Pat Neal came up when they offered me The Homecoming, I was so excited, because I was a huge fan of hers, and I was so excited to work with her. “

He got to learn from the veterans in the field because he began as a young kid. He got to learn from the greats because he was young and on a program surrounded by veteran talent.

Richard Thomas concluded, “And of course, this was the first job she did after she recovered from her stroke, so it was really inspiring to watch her work. She’s a language actor, and you can never get enough of listening to a great actor who really knows how to use the text. That was a great, not to mention that she had this wonderful quality that’s so perfect for the time and the place.”

You can watch The Waltons: Homecoming on the CW.