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Richard Thomas

Highest Rated:   100% Riding the Rails (1997)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Pershing's Last Patriot
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Music Teacher
  • Ray
2012
47% 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 Mariinsky Theater
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet 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
81% 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: 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 Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • 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
62% 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
No Score Yet 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
86% Last Summer
  • Peter
1969
50% Winning
  • Charley Capua
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% The Americans
2013
  • Frank Gaad Agent Frank Gaad
  • 2017
  • 2016
95% Elementary
2012
  • Mitch Barrett
  • 2016
98% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Ed Pratt
  • 2014
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Actor
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Daniel Varney
  • 2013
  • 2001
No Score Yet Rizzoli & Isles
2010-2016
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Roger Jenson
  • 2009
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1999

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