‘The Waltons’: One of Show’s Stars Said He is Barely Recognized for Role

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Television stars from long-running series are usually recognized a lot. That’s not the case for one star from CBS’s “The Waltons.”

Jon Walmsley, who played musically-talented Jason Walton, said he goes through life in Cornwall, England, rather quietly.

“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 said in a 2019 interview with The Daily Mail.

He does not get attention for his TV work nor from his voice work as Christopher Robin in the “Winnie the Pooh” films.

Jon Walmsley Leaves ‘The Waltons’ In His Past

“It’s an advantage for me, as I’m a real people-watcher,” Walmsley, 65, said. “It’s an old acting habit. People tend to behave differently around a celebrity.

“I love to get into conversations with strangers and I much prefer to be judged on my own merits rather than on any preconceptions,” Walmsley said. “Cornwall has so much to offer.”

As for his time on “The Waltons” playing Jason, that part of his life is in the past.

Walmsley spent years as an actor in different TV series in the United States, both before and after his time on Waltons Mountain.

Walmsley Very Happy With His Life In England

It’s pretty apparent that Walmsley is enjoying life with his second wife, Marion.

“We had been coming here on holiday for years and it began to feel like home,” Walmsley said. He was born in Blackburn, England, before he and his family moved to California when he was two years old.

Walmsley married his first wife, actress Lisa Harrison, in 1979. He had a lot of help from his “Waltons” costars in putting the ceremony together.

Nowadays, you’ll find him working with a number of different musicians. One of them happens to be Roger Daltrey, lead singer of legendary rock band The Who.

Millions of viewers around the world still remember him, though, for his role on “The Waltons.” Television syndication has kept the show in circulation since leaving CBS in 1981. But music is Walmsley’s first love and he’s put his acting career in the rearview mirror.

Someone, somewhere, can find Jon Walmsley in a TV role on their small screen. He’d rather them know him as a musician, though. Notoriety from his acting days isn’t that important to Walmsley. He’s obviously happy that his life is working out in that way.