THIS IS AN AUTHENTICALLY AUTOGRAPHED LP BY RICHARD THOMAS..
RICHARD THOMAS(MCA 2313)9/30/55 ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK. LP HAS ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK. FRONT PHOTO COVER IS SIGNED RICHARD THOMAS.
Born Richard Earl Thomas in New York City, the son of Richard Thomas (born circa 1925) and Barbara Fallis. His parents were both dancers with the New York City Ballet and were owners of the New York School of Ballet.
Thomas was seven when he made his Broadway debut in Sunrise at Campobello (1958) playing John Roosevelt, son of FDR.
He soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the TV presentation of Ibsen's A Doll's House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn. 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 roles in film, appearing in the 1969 motion pictures Winning with Paul Newman, about auto racing, and Last Summer with Barbara Hershey, a summer romance movie.
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 1978. 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. Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1972. He attended Columbia University in 1973, but did not graduate.
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. In further TV movies, he played the title role in the biopic Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr Story (1983), Will Mossup in Hobsonís Choice (1983), Henry Durrie in The Master of Ballantrae (1984), and William Denbrough in Stephen Kingís It (1990).
Thomas has been married twice, Alma Gonzales (married 1975-divorced 1993) and Georgiana Bischoff (married 1994-present). He and Alma had one son and triplet daughters; and he and Georgiana have one son and one daughter.
In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in over twelve years when he stepped in as a replacement in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July. In 1993, he played the title role in a stage production of Richard II.
He appeared in a quartet of performances at Hartford Stage in Connecticut:Hamlet (1987), Peer Gynt (1989), Richard II (1994), and Tiny Alice (1996).
His recent New York stage credits include 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 also served as national chairman of the Better Hearing Institute, and as host of the PAX TV series It's a Miracle.
In 2006 Thomas began a national tour of Reginald Rose's acclaimed play, "Twelve Angry Men" along with George Wendt ("Norm" of "Cheers" fame) at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. In this production he played the pivotal role of Juror Eight, opposite Wendt as Juror One.
He can also be heard providing the voiceover for recent Mercedes-Benz commercials.
CONDITION OF THE VINYL,COVER, AND AUTOGRAPH IS VG.