Richard Thomas
American actor
Richard Thomas
Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor, best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons. During his career, Thomas won an Emmy Award, and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.
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'Incident at Vichy': Arthur Miller's Polemic on Nazi Terror
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If anyone still doubts after the attacks in Paris that terror and barbarity must be must be fought with all one's strength, they should get tickets to the Signature Theatre's revival of Incident at Vichy, Arthur Miller's gripping polemic on another age's terror and barbarity. Confronted with senseless atrocity, the question that always burns in one's mind is "how could this happen?" And never has the question been more unfathomable than in trying to understand the Nazis' systematic slaughter of millions of Jews in what became known as the Holocaust. The play takes place in a sort of makeshift detention room in Vichy, France, in 1942. After the French surrender to Hitler in 1940, France was divided into two sections - the north under German occupation and the south remaining under nominal French control. Many Jews, Communists, Gypsies, homosexuals and others who had reason to fear living under the Nazis fled to the so-called French State, which had its capital in Vichy. But afte ...
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Aisle View: Arthur Miller in Occupied France
Huffington Post - over 1 year
James Carpinello (center) in Incident at Vichy. Photo: Joan Marcus Arthur Miller--who would have turned 100 on October 17--has had a great week in New York, with a riveting production of A View from the Bridge (at the Lyceum) and an admirably effective production of Incident at Vichy (as the Signature). "Admirably effective" isn't quite so hats-in-the-air as "riveting," but then Vichy isn't nearly the play that View is. Miller, like his contemporary Tennessee Williams, had an early rush of success followed by decades and decades of plays that went unappreciated. Death of a Salesman (1949) is, clearly, at the top of Miller's list. Four other plays can be considered fully successful--All My Sons (1947), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge (1955) and The Price (1968). After the Fall and Vichy sit near the top of the next bracket. Both came in 1964, as marquee attractions at the short-lived Lincoln Center Repertory Company; they also marked a return for the playwright, who ...
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Richard Thomas, 1930-2013
Chicago Times - about 3 years
For Richard Thomas, as for many others, the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was a galvanizing event.     
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'White Collar' Season 5 Premiere Preview: Neal And Mozzie Scheme To Save Peter (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When "White Collar" returns for its Season 5 premiere (Thurs., Oct. 17 at 9 p.m. ET on USA), things will look very different for our favorite semi-reformed conman Neal Caffrey (Matt Bomer). His partner and friend, Peter (Tim DeKay), is currently behind bars after taking the fall for a murder that Neal's biological father, James (Treat Williams), committed at the end of last season, leaving Neal with a new FBI handler in the form of "Common Law's" Warren Kole. Naturally, Neal and his original partner in crime, Mozzie (Willie Garson), aren't prepared to leave Peter in jail, and in The Huffington Post's exclusive preview above, the two are hatching yet another elaborate scheme to free the disgraced agent. Fans can also look forward to the return of Mark Sheppard, who will reprise his role of Curtis Hagen -- an art forger last seen in the show's pilot -- in seven episodes of Season 5. Richard Thomas ("The Americans"), Zachary Booth ("Damages") and Kara Hayward ("Moonrise Kingdom") ...
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First Nighter: As Opera, <i>Anna Nicole</i> Goes Bust
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a way you can't fault underfunded New York City Opera general manager and artistic director George Steel for scheduling Anna Nicole, the Richard Thomas/Mark-Anthony Turnage opera (or maybe popera), now at BAM, as the opening for what could be the revamped company's swan-song season. It will be if the $20 million needed isn't raised pronto. Steel undoubtedly figured the ripped-from-the-headlines story of the late gold-digger with the big treasure chest would likely be hot box-office. He must have seen Anna Nicole at London's Covent Garden when it premiered there in 2011. He maybe even thought it not only commercial but also is good, worthwhile. It's a particular pity to report that though Anna Nicole might be b.-o. catnip, it isn't an artistic treasure chest. To its credit, the salty humor that from time to time librettist Thomas slots into it gets the crowd chuckling. And that's something. "You won't be bored," the large opening chorus of Ralph (This is Your Life) Edward ...
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Richard Thomas: Miley's Twerk, Elvis' Twitch -- Country Reacts the Same 60 Years Later
Huffington Post - over 3 years
While I was shocked, disturbed, and disappointed with Miley Cyrus' performance on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the national reaction appears to be the same more than 60 years after Elvis Presley debuted his signature dance moves -- the gyrating hip thrust and leg twitch -- on television. Though Elvis is on a grander scale -- much grander I must add, the repulsive and immediate reaction by parents is nonetheless the same. Elvis was banned from the Ed Sullivan show, prohibited from playing in Corpus Christi, and frequently threatened for his money and musical influence. "The King" carefully won over the world with his talent to become a preeminent cultural icon. The shocker with Miley is that she abruptly dropped her Disney wardrobe (no pun intended) for a complete opposite and unexpected persona -- raunchy and reckless. The public outcry and numerous comedic late night jokes were appropriate. As a new dad and young professional, I agree with the public that Miley's "m ...
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Pat Gallagher: Kevin Bacon On Marriage, 'The Following' And His Greatest Fear
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Kevin Bacon is a superstar. I know this because his publicist put the call through to me for our phone interview. I haven't had a celebrity's publicist put a call through to me since David Letterman's publicist did it circa 1988. I think the touch-tone dialing system was new then, and the little beeps that the numbers made as you hit each one must have scared Dave. But here's the difference. While it took Dave about an hour and a half to come to the phone, it took Kevin about one-tenth of a second. The Footloose actor was much, much, much... much easier to interview. And he was everything I thought he would be: polite, kind, nice, humble, patient, honest, a true gentleman -- and a good sport! Bacon was happy to speak with The Huffington Post about his Fox TV show -- The Following -- six degrees of himself, his beautiful wife -- actress Kyra Sedgwick (the two are celebrating 25 years of marriage this year), what he's afraid of, his music and his basic instincts. You' ...
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Helen Davey: The Reluctant Traveler
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
I love a good story. I especially love a good story if it's true. And most of all, I love a good story if it's true, and it's about my family. History comes alive for me when I can imagine my own relatives living in different times and places, connected to me, and yet unknown in so many ways. It piques my curiosity, and leads me to want to do more research. Luckily, relatives on both my mother's side (Crocketts) and father's side (Daveys) have done extensive genealogical history, which is made easier because both sides came from Great Britain, where the records are meticulously preserved. I do understand that it can be annoying to some people to hear others go on and on extolling (and exaggerating) their illustrious family histories. My own father, when subjected to such conversations, delighted in interjecting the fact that we are descended from a woman that was rumored to be the illegitimate daughter of the famous sixteenth century writer, Samuel ...
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Maureen Ryan: Felicity In Fine Form: 'The Americans' Brings Cold War To The Home Front
Huffington Post - about 4 years
That person you think you know well -- someone in your family, someone in your neighborhood, someone in your bed -- maybe you don't really know them at all. The creepy realization that, to put it in horror-movie terms, the call is coming from inside the house, has been more and more prominent as of late on television. That understanding therapist on "American Horror Story"? A serial killer. That regular guy from the neighborhood? Chances are he's been turned into a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, a meth dealer, a Lannister or a terrorist. Your brother, the demon hunter? Someone removed his soul. Secrets have always been part of storytelling, but from "Breaking Bad" to "Supernatural" to "Homeland," television has made a hard turn toward the realm of painfully intimate betrayals in recent years. People who should be close end up turning on each other, and -- even scarier -- sometimes they have to stand by as a loved one is transformed into an unrecognizable thing. ...
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'The Americans' review: Spies are people too
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
'The Americans' review: Spies are people too Dad plays iceless hockey with Henry in the driveway of their suburban Washington home, and Mom struggles with the reality that Paige is now a teenager. [...] behind the facade, Elizabeth and Philip Jennings are Soviet spies, sleeper agents carefully groomed in American ways and customs back in the U.S.S.R. to ferret out classified information and get it back to Moscow. Far from being any kind of spoiler, that information only adds to our enjoyment of "The Americans" as we consider how the Jenningses' personal and professional lives might be affected by the evolution of U.S.-Soviet relations. [...] their perfect-suburban-world construct is threatened with the arrival of a new resident in their quiet suburban neighborhood, Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), an FBI agent specifically assigned by his boss (Richard Thomas) to work with fellow agent Chris Amador (Maximiliano Hernandez) to find foreign spies in the U.S. In the s ...
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Past is Present in 'An Enemy Of The People'
NPR - over 4 years
Although it was written in 1882, Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People still resonates today. Richard Thomas and Boyd Gaines, the stars of a new production of the play, join Ira Flatow to talk about the play's themes of power and truth, and the role of whistle-blowers. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Theater Review: ‘An Enemy of the People’ at Samuel J. Friedman Theater
NYTimes - over 4 years
Boyd Gaines and Richard Thomas star in a high-intensity, high-volume production of Ibsen’s “Enemy of the People,” on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.
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Jerk tofu and walleye rolls? Yes, healthy state fair food does exist
Bites on Today - over 4 years
Minnesota State Fair Walleye rolls offer a healthy fair food option, and while they do count mayo among their ingredients, the treat is much lighter than Maine-style lobster rolls. By Tracy Saelinger No one goes to a state fair expecting diet food, but if you’re looking to balance some of this year’s newest creations on the circuit—like red velvet funnel cake or deep-fried PB&amp;J—with some actual nutrients, you’re in luck: Concessionaires are hawking healthful dishes, and drawing long lines doing it. Here, we pay homage to the humble, healthier offerings at state fairs around the country. Jerk tofu State Fair of Texas, September 28 to October 21 The State Fair of Texas is legendary for its ongoing fried-food arms race (one battered addition this year: deep-fried Samoa Girl Scout cookies). But fairgoers who want to get in nutrition should seek out the Island Spot’s booth for grilled jerk tofu, whole snapper, tilapia and a new dish, ackee, a Jamaican fruit that’s sautéed w ...
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English GCSEs marked down to curb grade inflation, say teachers
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Headteachers representing dozens of schools told the Guardian that some students have been marked down by an entire grade Schools across the country are reporting that students who sat GCSEs in English have been harshly marked down as the government's exams regulator, backed by the education secretary, Michael Gove, seeks to curb grade inflation. Headteachers representing dozens of schools in England told the Guardian that, in some cases, students had been marked down by an entire grade compared with the results that teachers had predicted. The results will be devastating for pupils who were expecting good grades and could trigger a loss of confidence in the exam system as students question their results when they receive them on Thursday. The Guardian has been told that 55 students at one school "who were comfortably within the boundary of a C, some nearly at a B" have now got D grades. The shock results follow reforms to the English exam and an order from the exam regulator, Of ...
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Shirley Marie Thomas, 74
Ashburn Patch - over 4 years
Shirley Marie Thomas, 74, of Winchester, VA, died Friday, June 15, 2012, in Winchester. Mrs. Thomas was born May 11, 1938, in Loudoun County to the late Lester and Hilda Wiklow Russell. Her husband Richard Roy Thomas predeceased her in 1992. She was a lifelong resident of Loudoun before moving to Winchester in 1994 when she retired from the Loudoun County Public School system. Mrs. Thomas always enjoyed being with her family and especially her grandchildren during retirement. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her beloved five children: Frankie R. Thomas, Doris Lee, Tony Thomas, Michael Thomas all of Winchester, VA, and Richard Thomas of Frederick County, VA; three siblings: Robert Russell of Paeonian Springs, VA, Ruth Ann Pierce of Charles Town, WV, and Susan Dalton of Frederick County; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. A service was held June 18 at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in Hillsboro Cemetery, Hill ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Richard Thomas
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 61
    Thomas has a supporting role in the FX Network Cold War drama The Americans, which debuted in January 2013.
    More Details Hide Details He plays Frank Gaad, an FBI counterintelligence supervisor helping to investigate KGB sleeper agents in early 1980s America.
    From 2013 to 2016, he starred in the FX drama series The Americans.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    In February and March 2011, he starred at the New York Public Theater in Timon of Athens.
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  • 2009
    Age 57
    In 2009–2010, Richard Thomas was featured on Broadway in Race, a play by David Mamet.
    More Details Hide Details The production was directed by Mamet and included James Spader, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington.
  • 2008
    Age 56
    Thomas has provided voiceovers in Mercedes-Benz, BB&T and Aleve commercials. In the summer of 2008, Thomas made commercials for the Zaxby’s restaurant chain.
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  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006, Thomas began a national tour of Reginald Rose’s acclaimed play Twelve Angry Men, along with George Wendt at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, playing the pivotal role of Juror Eight opposite Wendt’s Juror One.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 45
    In 1997 and 1998, he appeared on Touched by an Angel.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 2000s, he appeared in a London production of Yasmina Reza’s Art with Judd Hirsch (2001); on the New York stage in The Public Theater’s production of As You Like It (2005); Michael Frayn’s Democracy on Broadway (2004); and the Primary Stages’ production of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (2004). He has served as national chairman of the Better Hearing Institute, hosted the PAX TV series It’s a Miracle, and starred in the series Just Cause for the same network.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    Thomas starred with Maureen O’Hara and Annette O’Toole in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Christmas Box, in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details O'Toole and Thomas starred in It five years earlier as the adult Beverly Marsh and adult Bill Denbrough. Thomas has appeared in a quartet of performances at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut: Hamlet (1987), Peer Gynt (1989), Richard III (1994), and Tiny Alice (1996).
  • 1994
    Age 42
    Thomas married Georgiana Bischoff on November 20, 1994.
    More Details Hide Details They have one son, Montana James Thomas, born July 28, 1996. At the time she married Thomas, Bischoff had two daughters from previous marriages, Brooke Murphy and Kendra Kneifel.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 38
    In 1990, he played the adult version of main character Bill in the TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    In 1981, his book of poetry "Glass" was published as a letterpress limited edition by Kenward Elmslie's Z Press.
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  • 1980
    Age 28
    In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in more than 12 years when he stepped in as a replacement in Lanford Wilson’s Fifth of July.
    More Details Hide Details In 1987, he appeared on stage in Philadelphia and Washington DC in the one-man tour-de-force "Citizen Tom Paine". In 1993, he played the title role in a stage production of Richard II.
  • 1975
    Age 23
    Thomas married Alma Gonzales on February 14, 1975. They had one son, Richard Francisco, born in 1976, and triplet daughters Barbara Ayala, Gweneth Gonzales and Pilar Alma, born August 26, 1981. They divorced in 1993.
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  • 1974
    Age 22
    He played the lead roles of Private Henry Fleming in the 1974 TV movie The Red Badge of Courage, and Paul Baumer in the 1979 TV movie All Quiet on the Western Front.
    More Details Hide Details In further TV movies, he played Col. Warner’s younger son Jim in Roots: The Next Generations (the sequel to the Emmy-winning Roots); the title role in the biopic Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr., Story (1983); Will Mossup in Hobson’s Choice (1983); Henry Durrie in The Master of Ballantrae (1984); Martin Campbell in Final Jeopardy (1985); and the adult Bill Denbrough in Stephen King’s It (1990).
  • 1973
    Age 21
    He enrolled in Columbia College of Columbia University as a member of the class of 1973 but left after his junior year.
    More Details Hide Details In 1972, he played against type as murderer and rapist Kenneth Kinsolving in You’ll Like My Mother opposite Patty Duke.
    Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1973.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 19
    He became nationally recognized for his portrayal of John “John-Boy” Walton, Jr., in the 1970s TV series The Waltons, which was based on the real life of writer Earl Hamner, Jr. He appeared in the 1971 pilot The Homecoming, and then played the role continuously in 122 episodes until March 17, 1977.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas left the series and his role was taken over by Robert Wightman, but Thomas returned to the role in three Waltons TV movies, 1993–97.
    In 1971 he starred in the Universal Pictures Hal Wallis Production Red Sky at Morning, which was a financial failure.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Age 7
    Thomas soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the presentation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn.
    More Details Hide Details He then began acting in daytime TV, appearing in soap operas such as The Edge of Night (as Ben Schultz, 1961) and As the World Turns (as Tom Hughes, 1966–67), which were broadcast from his native Manhattan. Thomas received his first major film roles, appearing in Winning (1969) with Paul Newman, about auto racing, and Last Summer (also 1969) with Bruce Davison and Barbara Hershey, a summer coming-of-age movie.
  • 1951
    Born
    Thomas was born in Manhattan, the son of Barbara (née Fallis) and Richard S. Thomas, in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details His parents were dancers with the New York City Ballet and owned the New York School of Ballet. He attended The Allen Stevenson School and the McBurney School in Manhattan. Thomas was seven when he made his Broadway debut in Sunrise at Campobello (1958) playing John Roosevelt, son of future U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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