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"Earl Hamner (1923-2016)
Best known as the creator, executive producer, and warm narrative voice of the long-running television series The Waltons, writer Earl Hamner died Thursday, March 24, in Los Angeles at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. He was 92 and had battled cancer for nearly two years. He is survived by Jane, his wife of 61 years, as well as his son Scott, himself an accomplished writer, and daughter Caroline, a family counselor.
Born into a large affectionate family in Virginia's Blue Ridge foothills in 1923, Hamner knew from an early age that he wanted to be a writer. He grew up during the Great Depression, an era that captured his imagination and later served as the time setting of his best-known novels and TV series. After seeing active service in the U.S. Army during World War II and then interning as a writer for radio station WLW in Cincinnati, Hamner began writing for radio (and later, television) programs in New York, notably The Today Show. In 1961, with television transitioning from live programming to film, he relocated to Los Angeles, where he soon became a contributor of scripts to The Twilight Zone, hosted by a man he had known at WLW, Rod Serling. He also published the autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, which was praised at length by novelist Harper Lee and adapted to a successful film starring Henry Fonda and Maureen O'Hara..." from the website: earlhamner.com
For further reading: All About the Walton's provides a lot of information and lists all the actors who have died since the last season of the show over 40 years ago.
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Earl Hamner Jr. discusses narrating "The Walton's"
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"R.I.P Its With Heavy Heart We Report Tragic Death of ‘The Waltons’ Richard Thomas Friend Earl Hamner
Richard Earl Thomas is an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, for which he won an Emmy Award, received a nomination for another and two Golden Globe Awards. R.I.P Its With Heavy Heart We Report Tragic Death of ‘The Waltons’ Richard Thomas Friend Earl Hamner." from video introduction.
"Earl Hamner Jr., the writer who created the long-running CBS television family series "The Waltons," has died, according to multiple news sources, including The Associated Press. He was 92.
Hamner died of cancer Thursday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
"They broke the mold after they made him," his daughter Caroline said.
Earl Hamner's real life inspired everything on The Waltons. When the lights dimmed, the family said goodnight to one another and drifted off to sleep. “Good night, John-Boy. And good night, mama. Good night, Mary Ellen....