Richard Thomas

Highest Rated: 100% Riding the Rails (1997)
Birthday: Jun 13, 1951
Birthplace: New York, New York
Richard Thomas was seven years old when he made his first Broadway appearance in Sunrise at Campobello (1958). The wide-eyed, mole-cheeked, sensitive-looking Thomas soon found himself very much in demand for television roles. He was seen in the distinguished company of Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn in a 1959 TV presentation of Ibsen's A Doll's House, worked as a regular on the daytime soap operas As the World Turns and Flame in the Wind, and co-starred with Today Show announcer Jack Lescoulie in the captivating 1961 Sunday-afternoon "edutainment" series 1-2-3 Go. While attending Columbia University, Thomas made his theatrical-film debut in Downhill Racer, then settled into a series of unpleasant, psychologically disturbed characters in films like You'll Like My Mother (1971) and such TV series as Bracken's World. In 1971, Thomas was cast as John-Boy Walton in the Earl Hamner-scripted TV movie The Homecoming. Though there would be a number of cast changes before The Homecoming metamorphosed into the weekly series The Waltons in 1972, Thomas was retained as John-Boy, earning a 1973 Emmy for his performance and remaining in the role until only a few months before the series' cancellation in 1981. During the Waltons years, Thomas starred in several well-mounted TV movies, including the 1979 remake of All Quiet on the Western Front. Ever seeking opportunities to expand his range, Thomas has sunk his teeth into such roles as the self-destructive title character in Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story (1983) and the amusingly sanctimonious Rev. Bobby Joe in the satirical Glory! Glory!. In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in over two decades as the paralyzed protagonist of Whose Life is It Anyway. Notable later roles have included a turn as Bill Denbrough in Stephen King's It (1990), an appearance in Curtis Hanson's 2000 drama Wonder Boys, and a bit part as a reverend in Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009). Working through his own Melpomene Productions, Thomas has continued seeking out creative challenges into the 1990s. Richard Thomas has also served as national chairman of the Better Hearing Institute.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Price For Silence Actor 2019
No Score Yet Pershing's Last Patriot Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Music Teacher Ray 2012
48% Taking Woodstock Reverend Don $7.4M 2009
No Score Yet Fortune Hunters Actor 2007
No Score Yet Wild Hearts Bob Hart 2006
33% Sacred Stage: The Mariinski Theater Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Annie's Point Richard Eason 2005
No Score Yet Anna's Dream Rod Morgan 2002
No Score Yet The Miracle of the Cards Dr. Kassell 2001
82% Wonder Boys Walter 2000
No Score Yet For All Time Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet In The Name of the People Jack Murphy 2000
No Score Yet Big and Hairy Actor 1998
No Score Yet Flood: A River's Rampage Herb Dellenbach 1998
100% Riding the Rails Actor 1997
No Score Yet Timepiece Richard Evans 1996
No Score Yet The Christmas Box Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Invaders Actor 1995
No Score Yet Death in Small Doses Richard Lyon 1995
No Score Yet Down, Out & Dangerous Tim Willows 1995
No Score Yet To Save the Children David Young 1994
No Score Yet Linda Paul Cowley 1993
No Score Yet Precious Victims Don Weber 1993
No Score Yet I Can Make You Love Me Richard Farley 1993
No Score Yet Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 Actor 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 John Hay 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 John Hay 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 John Hay 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 John Hay 1992
No Score Yet Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus James O'Hanlon 1991
No Score Yet Mission of the Shark Scott 1991
59% Stephen King's It Bill Denbrough 1990
No Score Yet Glory! Glory! Rev. Bobby Joe 1990
No Score Yet Andre's Mother Actor 1990
No Score Yet Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure Actor 1989
No Score Yet Final Jeopardy Actor 1985
No Score Yet Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr. Story Actor Producer Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Hobson's Choice Actor 1983
No Score Yet Johnny Belinda Actor 1982
No Score Yet Fifth of July Kenneth Talley Jr. 1982
No Score Yet Berlin Tunnel 21 Actor 1981
45% Battle Beyond the Stars Shad 1980
No Score Yet Bloody Kids (One Joke Too Many) Actor 1979
100% All Quiet on the Western Front Paul Baumer 1979
No Score Yet The Waltons: A Christmas Carol Actor 1978
No Score Yet September 30, 1955 Jimmy J. 1977
No Score Yet The Waltons John-Boy Walton 1973
No Score Yet The Waltons The Children's Carol Actor 1972
No Score Yet You'll Like My Mother Kenny 1972
No Score Yet The Homecoming: A Christmas Story John-Boy 1971
No Score Yet A Dangerous Friend Billy Roy 1971
78% Last Summer Peter 1969
56% Winning Charley Capua 1969


No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Daniel Varney
  • 2019
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  • 2001
96% The Americans
Frank Gaad Agent Frank Gaad
  • 2018
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95% Elementary
Mitch Barrett
  • 2016
96% The Good Wife
Ed Pratt
  • 2014
97% White Collar
  • 2013
72% Rizzoli & Isles
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order
Roger Jenson
  • 2009
No Score Yet Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King
Howard Cottrell
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Experience
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Practice
Walter Arens
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Joe Greene Joe
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 1995
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1995
  • 1990
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1990
  • 1983
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No Score Yet The Waltons
Director John-Boy Walton
  • 1981
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No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1970
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • 1970
  • 1969


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