‘The Waltons’: Judy Norton Reveals if Jason Actor Jon Walmsley Kept the Recorder He Played in ‘The Gift’

by Joe Rutland

Actress Judy Norton of “The Waltons” lets people know if actor Jon Walmsley actually kept a recorder he played on a powerful episode.

In “The Gift,” Jason Walton, played by Walmsley, receives a recorder as a gift from his friend Seth Turner, played by Ron Howard. Well, Turner is dying from leukemia and wants to teach Jason how to play it before he dies.

Norton, who shares her memories and insights in the series “Behind the Scenes of ‘The Waltons’,” lets people know what happens with the recorder.

‘The Waltons’ Star Says Walmsley Actually Did Play Recorder on Show

“I’ve been asked since ‘Jason Walton’ was carved on there if Jon Walmsley kept the recorder,” she says. “I asked him recently about that and he said no, he did not keep the recorder.”

Norton says that it was not offered to him to keep. She adds that “The Waltons” actor actually did play the recorder.

“He played flute at some point,” she says. “He plays all kinds of instruments and pretty much anything with a song when on ‘The Waltons,’ he played for real.

“In this case, he learned to play the recorder,” Norton says. “He said the fingering was very similar to the flute so he was able to teach himself to play the recorder. So anytime you hear him play the recorder in the episode, that is him and he said as far as he recalls there was no playback so nothing was pre-recorded.”

Classic TV Show Actor Moved Back to His Native United Kingdom in 2018

These days, “The Waltons” actor isn’t acting anymore. Walmsley is focusing solely on his music career, yet still looks back on his time in the show fondly.

Also, he moved back to his native United Kingdom in 2018 and lives in Cornwall.

“I don’t really get recognized as I changed my look a few years ago and now look quite different than on The Waltons,” Walmsley tells the Daily Mail in a 2019 interview. “It’s an advantage for me, as I’m a real people-watcher. It’s an old acting habit. People tend to behave differently around a celebrity.

“I love to get into conversations with strangers,” he says.

Viewers of “The Waltons” still love his work on the classic TV show.

He did play in all nine seasons of the CBS family drama. Walmsley makes appearances in the follow-up reunion shows and movies. He does have some TV credits to his name before “The Waltons.” They include “Combat,” “Daniel Boone,” “My Three Sons,” and “Adam-12.”

Walmsley also provided the voice for Christopher Robin in “Winnie the Pooh” movies. Today, his music career keeps him busy. “The Waltons” keeps his name on TV screens around the world.