Richard Thomas Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Wife

Richard Thomas Net Worth

Richard Thomas has an estimated net worth of $7 million. Richard Earl Thomas is a U.S. actor, known for his starring role in the drama series The Waltons, in which he played John-Boy Walton, for which he received a Primetime Emmy and two nominations for the Golden Globe. He earns most of his income from his roles in movies and television. 

Thomas has worked and continues to perform consistently as varied characters in countless TV, film, and stage productions since The Waltons, including contemporary shows like the FX series The Americans (in which he’s played Frank Gad in more than thirty-nine episodes since 2013).

But it’s the perfect packaging of his down-home charm as John-Boy that will remain forever embedded in the psyche of the classic TV viewer.

To calculate the net worth of Richard Thomas, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets.

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Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Richard Thomas
Net Worth: $7 Million
Monthly Salary: $50 Thousand
Annual Income: $1 Million
Source of Wealth: Actor, Film Producer, Television Director

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Early Life

Thomas, the son of Barbara Fallis and Richard S. Thomas, was born in Manhattan in 1951. The New York School of Ballet was owned by his parents, who were dancers with the New York City Ballet.

On his left cheek, Thomas has a nevus. For this reason, he was rejected as a young man for a role in a television commercial.

He was a student at Columbia College, the undergraduate college of Columbia College, where he studied Chinese before transferring to the English department. For the role with the Waltons, he had to move to Los Angeles entirely during his first year of study, so he left Columbia.


An acclaimed and diverse performer, Richard Thomas is best known in the world of classic television for his Emmy-winning performance as John-Boy Walton on The Waltons, which began as a 1971 Christmas TV-movie titled The Homecoming. Before that, Thomas delivered early riveting performances on notable series such as Marcus Welby, M.D.

A decade or so after the original Waltons program ended in 1981, Thomas returned to playing John-Boy in a series of TV-reunion movies, and later hosted the heartwarming weekly docu-show, It’s a Miracle.

Miracle deftly utilized his affable charms to introduce true tales of inspiration and courage from the files of real people who have experienced or required otherworldly assistance to overcome various life challenges; never had a host been more suited to a role.

But it was on The Waltons that Thomas really shined (along with the Emmy- winning Michael Learned, Ralph Waite, Will Geer, and Ellen Corby, and that show’s entire cast of young actors).

He rode that country-geared show into becoming one of the best-acted weekly family dramas in the history of television (The Carol Burnett Show once did a take-off titled The Walnuts, thus confirming that satire and imitation are the sincerest forms of flattery).

Since playing John-Boy, Thomas starred in several hit TV-movies, notably 1990’s It (based on a Stephen King novel, and starring Thomas’s good friend and former Waltons semi-regular John Ritter), and The Christmas Box (which aired in 1995, and was based on the book of the same name).

With each performance or appearance, the viewer trusts Thomas to deliver the goods. He’s got it all down: the perfect pauses between lines of delivery; the ideal level of emotional display. He’s never overtly melodramatic or shallow in any of his portrayals, but always just right. His theatrical generosity on screen has been appreciated by his various costars through the years.

Thomas was only six years old when he made his live-stage debut, and a mere seven years of age when he premiered on television. His parents were professional ballet dancers, who performed with the National Ballet of Cuba and with the New York City Ballet and, for a time, operated a ballet school in New York City.

Besides the various Broadway and TV shows in which he has appeared, Thomas has appeared in feature films like The Last Summer (1969) and Red Sky at Morning (1971). He has always loved to work and as entertainment journalist Peggy Herz once pointed out, he “settled into the role of John-Boy Walton with the ease of a farm boy donning his coveralls.”

The initial six years of The Waltons are superior to the remaining three seasons of the show for one main reason: Richard Thomas as John-Boy Walton.

The actor as the character was literally the narrative driving voice of the series. Although the opening and closing voiceover was provided by show creator and resident genius Earl Hamner, it was Thomas’s earthy performance in the lead that linked the other characters together.

As John-Boy, Thomas interpreted some of Hamner’s real-life adventures growing up in the blue mountain country of the Depression era, with his expansive brood of brothers and sisters. They were originally presented in Earl Hamner’s novel and subsequent 1963 movie, Spencer’s Mountain (starring Henry Fonda and James MacArthur in the John-Boy role, then called Clay-Boy).

Hodges says, “Hamner was brilliant in capturing that time period [the 30s-40s],” and Richard Thomas was the inter-connecting element that “sealed the show’s success.”

On the significance of The Waltons series in general, Hodges adds, “It was a wonderful show, and I really think it did an awful lot for the country. I thought it showed a family that really cared about each other; and a family that didn’t necessarily have a lot of stuff. But you just knew that all of those kids were being brought up right . . . they were going to make something of themselves. It was just inspiring because it reminded people so much of their childhood, particularly those who grew up in the Depression Era, in which the show was based.”

Ann Hodges says of Richard: “He was wonderful as John-Boy. Very talented, so much that I think he could have done even a lot more than he’s done. As far as being an actor is concerned, he just ‘had it’ and still has it. But he was wonderful for John-Boy and he was just the right age for it, and everything just fit him to a ‘T’ in that role.”

Personal Life & Wives

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 on August 26, 1981. They divorced in 1993.

Thomas married Georgiana Bischoff on November 20, 1994. 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. Daughter Kendra Kneifel has since changed her name to Kendra Thomas.

Richard Thomas Quotes

If people work together in an open way with porous boundaries – that is, if they listen to each other and really talk to each other – then they are bound to trade ideas that are mutual to each other and be influenced by each other. That mutual influence and open system of working creates collaboration.

Richard Thomas


I’m one of those weird people that tends to not do the extras and listen to the commentaries and stuff on movies, although I do think they are fascinating and interesting – I’m just so worried that years later I wouldn’t remember anything!

Richard Thomas


I think that that is a wonderful format – you know, having individual stories over a period of weeks that are thematically connected in terms of genre – there’s not enough of that out there.

Richard Thomas


I loved being in the room with Mamet as a director – he is the most generous, funny, delightful person to work for every day.

Richard Thomas

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