The 70's were pretty crazy, shag carpets, mood rings and bell bottoms were al the rage, and the 60's counterculture movement left everyone wondering what the hell was going on. In come The Waltons, who with a overdose of family friendly wholesomeness transported a tense America to a simpler, more affable time.
Jon Walmsley charmed audiences with his musical talents as Jason Walton, the second oldest brother. After the show ended, he appeared in every one of the Walton’s Reunion specials. His talent served him well later in his career. He branched out into voiceover work, and many recognize him as the voice of Christopher Robin in the Winnie the Pooh cartoons. He also has contributed as a composer and producer to 14 albums, including 2014’s popular holiday-time single “Christmas in America.”
Troublemaking and rebellious Benjamin, the third Walton son, was played by Eric Scott. Scott reprised his role in all six Walton’s movies. The 58-year-old Scott now lives in Los Angeles with his third wife,
Cynthia, and his youngest child. Unlike many of his other Walton Family cast members, Scott no longer works as an actor. He has instead risen to become Vice President of a parcel delivery company.
David W. Harper
“Jim Bob” Walton was the talented and creative youngest son of the family, performed by David Harper. Despite appearing in all six of the Walton movies,
David only had a few other acting roles throughout the 80's and 90's. The 56-year-old now lives in Los Angeles and works as an art dealer.
Elizabeth Walton, played by Kami Cotler, was the youngest child of the 7 member Walton gang. Despite her acclaimed role and some pundits slating her as the next big thing, Kami only appeared in the Walton’s movies
and a few episodes of obscure 70's TV shows before retiring from the public eye. Kami was last seen in 2012 where she organized a Walton family reunion honoring the series’ 40th anniversary.
Ralph Waite played John Walton Sr., the father of the Walton family. Ralph went on to have a very colorful career after the show. He worked as an actor, writer, and director for countless TV shows and movies throughout
the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. That's not all, this ambitious and talented man also had political aspirations and ran for Congress on three occasions. Ralph unfortunately passed away in 2014, aged 85.
Olivia Walton was the mother of the family and was played by Michael Learned. Her role was lauded by critics, winning her three Emmys and a Golden Globe nomination. These helped Learned kickstart her
post-show acting career. She played a number of roles, most famously including appearances in Gunsmoke, Nurse, and several soap operas like The Young and the Restless and General Hospital.
As Grandpa Walton, Will Greer was one of the oldest cast members on the show and he was already a prominent actor in theater prior to the series. The role was one of his
first major TV roles. Will passed away in 1978 due to complications of a respiratory condition.
“Grandma Walton” was played by Ellen Corby for five seasons and appeared in five out of the six movies. Ellen’s other most famous roles include It’s a Wonderful Life, The Andy Griffith Show, and several episodes
of Please Don’t Eat the Daisies. Her acting career slowed down considerably in the 80s and 90s due to her failing health. Ellen passed away in 1999 from a stroke.
Joe Conley played quirky storekeeper Ike Godsey. Possibly the most prominent non-family character, Conley appeared in 172 episodes of the show and had a highly successful
acting career throughout the 80's. His last role was in the 2001 film Blind Obsession. Joe passed away at the age of 85 from dementia-related complications.
Ronnie Claire Edwards
Nosy and elitist Corabeth Godsey was the neighbor that all of the Walton’s wished would move away. She was performed to a tee by Ronnie Edwards, who was a relatively unknown actress at the time.
Afterwards, Ronnie acted intermittently throughout the 80s and 90s in a wide variety of shows like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Boone, and the 1998 movie The Dead Pool.