‘The Waltons’ Actor Eric Scott Beautifully Detailed the ‘Gift’ of Fans Still Expressing Love for Show

by Samantha Whidden
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His acting drew the attention of millions of viewers on “The Waltons,” but Eric Scott appreciates the fact that fans still express love for the show even though it ended decades ago. 

During an interview with Media Village in 2011, Eric Scott calls it a “gift” that fans remain loyal to “The Waltons.”

“People approach me and tell me of the impact that the show had on them growing up,” Eric explains. He then says that fans have even told him that the show changed the way they raised their kids and how they named their children after characters. 

“These are all the wonder residuals for the effort and energy we put into doing the show. It’s all love. It’s a gift,” “The Waltons” actor says. 

“The Waltons” ran for a total of nine seasons from September 1972 until June 1981. According to its IMDb page, the show follows the life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through the Great Depression and World War II.  Starring alongside Eric Scott included Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Kami Cotler, Judy Norton, and Ralph Waite. 

Eric Scott Talks ‘The Waltons’ Reviews & Acting Career

Also during the interview, Eric Scott discusses the reviews that “The Waltons” received during its nine-year run. “It was funny because when we’d read certain views that said we were ‘too schmaltzy’ or a little ‘too sweet,’ we just never thought that was the cast.” He reflected on the scenes where John Walton (Wait) would lose his patience and yell at the kids. 

Eric Scott also discussed his acting – including the shows that he was on prior to”The Waltons.”

“I did a lot of shows before ‘The Waltons’ where I was the only child on the set, or when there was maybe just one other child there.” He states that he never worked with a group of kids like ‘The Brady Bunch’ or ‘The Partridge Family’ so he didn’t know what it was like to be with other parents and kids. 

Scott then recalls how his mother encouraged him to get a formal education instead of seeking a career in acting.

“[My mom] didn’t feel that ‘acting’ was a career. That I should be focusing [on] my studies. That didn’t mean that I should try and be a good actor.” He ends up attending the school on Warner’s lot where ‘The Waltons’ was filming. 

Scott also describes his mother as a set-mom for all the kids on “The Waltons.”

“She definitely kept it real. And she watched out for the other kids, too. She became the set-mom for a lot of them because there were those who did not have the kind of consistency.”

In regards to his education, Scott reveals he went on to attend Pierce College in San Fernando Valley and graduates with a business degree. 

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