Waltons Friendship Society
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The Waltons Cast

JOE CONLEY:- Played Ike Godsey.

 

Joe was born in 1928 in Buffalo, New York. In 1945 he moved to Los Angeles and in 1945 he served in the Korean War. Upon returning home he worked as a singer and performed in piano bars and clubs. From 1961 Joe ran three real estate offices in Los Angeles when not performing. In 1972 Joe originally declined to try out for his part as his business was going so well, but was pursuaded and the rest is history. In 2000 Joe filmed with Tom Hanks in the film Castaway and then published his autobiography in 2009.

Joe has two children from his first marriage and two from his second, and lives in Los Angeles. He says he meets Eric Scott fairly regularly. During his career Joe has appeared in such things as Brackens World, Peoples Choices, Richard Diamond and Acapulco and has appeared in many TV movies and has done over 200 commercials. Joe as Ike became Americas most well known store keeper.

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It is with great sadness that we learn of the passing of Joe in early July 2013, goodnight Mr Godsey. This link is for an interview with Joe about his time on the series.http://youtu.be/wky5XWDFrmA

 

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I was honored to give the eulogy at Joe's Mass, here is some of what I said:
Three months ago, my phone rang, "Hey Ricki-Tik, how about today?" Those six words spoken in Joe's unmistakable voice meant I'm available and can we get together for lunch. You see, we have been doing this for over 35 years. We met on the Television series 'The Waltons" in 1972 when I was 13 years old and Joe was 44 and although we were 30 years apart, there as always a kinship between us. He always said my character was more Godsey than Walton. One day, Joe approached me to see if I would be interested in putting a show together and taking it on the road. Now I had never done any singing or dancing, but I would do anything to follow Joe's lead. Well, after a year and a half of practicing and rehearsing, we took it out to the public and between my two left feet and Jos' two right feet, we had a blast and the audience loved us. What I noticed was how Joe loved meeting new people and making new friends. But, the most important thing I got out of the experience was a lifelong friendship that has endured and blossomed over the years.

We would get together monthly and after having a few pleasantries, we would first talk about our businesses. In Joe's case; his Realty company and later his investments and tenant issues. Joe would tell me about his latest Toastmaster speech, his love for tennis and golf, his recent travels, a book he just finished reading-Joe was a voracious reader, his favorite being historical biographies. Or Joe would let me know about a new book he is writing and I would usually be humored and awed by his incredible ability to convey a story. He was a wonderful story teller.

But we also talked about tough times, like when my wife died of cancer, Joe was a terrific listener and helped give me strength to get though a horrific time in my life.

Joe was a decorated hero of the Korean War and an extraordinary businessman but his passion was acting. As recently as 2009, Joe was still yearning for another plum part. As he would tell me "Rick, I still have the acting bug!". Joe also told me "the moment you sign with an agent, it's time to look for another." Joe was an entertainer and his work will be enjoyed for generations to come.

When we got together in March, Joe and I went to his Country Club, at it turned out for the last time. I asked Joe something I never asked him before, "Do you have any regrets?" He closed his eyes and took a deep breath, opened his eyes up and displayed all the sincerity in the world and said, "No, not really". I said, "Good". Joe was a friend, a confidante and was the kindest, most loving man I have ever known. I will miss our lunches.
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RONNIE CLAIRE EDWARDS:- Played Corabeth Godsey.

 

Ronnie was born on February 9th 1933 in Oklahoma City. Best known for her role as the wife of store keeper Ike Godsey Ronnie was originally only meant to appear in one episode but developed into the role and became a viewers favourite. 

Ronnie also appeared in such shows as Designing Women, Boone, Sara and Star Trek The Next generation. She is a very well liked actress and will always be known as the wife of Ike who ran the local store in the series.

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MARY JACKSON:- Played Miss Emily Baldwin.

 

Mary grew up in Michigan and after leaving school she taught in rural areas as a teacher but very soon decided to attend University to study acting. In 1933 she went to Chicago to start acting. It was almost 40 years later that she was given the part in the Waltons as one of the Baldwin sisters. In this role she won the hearts of the nation.

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HELEN KLEEB:- Played Miss Mamie Baldwin.

 

Helen was born in 1907 and began her career in 1928 in Oregon. She worked with an acting group on the West coast for 5 years before working on a radio station in 1933. She married in 1937 in San Fransisco and stayed there until her husband died in 1950. She and her 10 year old son moved to Los Angeles where she began her film and TV career. She joined the Waltons in 1972 as one of the Baldwin sisters. Helen also appeared on TV in the Andy Griffiths show, Dragnet and Lou Grant as well as alongside Frank Sinatra in the film The Manchurian Candidate. Having re-married in 1959 to a man from Texas, her acting alongside Mary jackson in the Waltons was hugly aclaimed. Helen sadly passed away in 2003.

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ROBERT WIGHTMAN:- Played the NEW John Boy Walton.

 

Robert took over the role of playing John Boy in the 8th season of the series . He played this role from 1979 - 1982. Many viewers found it difficult to accept him in this popular role. Robert can be seen in the group picture here on the back row 2nd in from the left in between charcters Jim Bob and Jason. Robert also appeared in such films as American Gigolo, Impulse, Opposing Forces and Stepfather III amongst others.

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LESLIE Yannetti:- Played Cindy Walton.

 

Born on May 13th 1956. She first appeared in the Waltons in 1979. leslie has always spoke of her enjoyment on the show and has remained firm friends with many actors from the show, each atending each others weddings and childrens baptisms etc.

After the show Leslie appeared in some movies and a few TV series. She adds that she would enjoy goofing around with the other child actors behind the scenes on the waltons set, and that she is involved in the industry but behind the scenes more, doing looping which can involve such things as voice over work for example.

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LISA HARRISON:- Played Toni Walton.

 

Lisa was born on March 30th 1956 in the U.S. 

Lisa played Jasons girlfriend in the series and married him in real life as well away from the series though they are no longer together and are now divorced. Lisa is still friends with many of the cast from the show and enjoyed her time appearing on such a famous series.

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MARICLARE COSTELLO:- Played Rosemary Hunter Fordwick.

 

She was born on February 3rd 1936 in Illinois U.S. She made her film debut in 1967 in the film The Tiger Makes Out. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. She played the teacher in the Waltons from 1972 - 1977 and was a fans favourite.

After the Waltons she starred in The Fitzpatricks and later was seen on stage in New York City in Harvey. She also had a starring role in the horror film Lets Scare Jessica to Death before appearing in the film Ragtime. She was married to actor Allan Arbus until his death in 2013.

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ROBERT DONNER:- Played Yancy Tucker.

 

He was born on April 27th 1931 in New York City. His career lasted more than 40 years across films and TV. He joined the navy after leaving school and then ended up in Los Angeles doing various jobs until a neighbour Clint Eastwood, persuaded him into taking up acting. He appeared with John Wayne in Rio Bravo in 1959 as well as the sequels. He is well known for his roles in Bonanza, The Incredible Hulk, Rawhide, Ironside, Falcon Crest, The A-Team and Macgyver. Also famous for roles as T.J in Adam-12 and as Exidor in Mork and Mindy.

Roberts many film roles included Cool hand Luke, Vanishing Point, The Man Who Loved Cat dancing, High Plains Drifter and The Undefeated to name but a few. The lovable rouge in the Waltons was a fans favourite role, and he clearly enjoyed the show. Later he could be seen on Password Plus, Beat The Clock, Match game and Body language. He completed his last film role shortly before he died.

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TOM BOWER:- Played Dr Curtis Willard.

 

Tom was born in January 1938 in Denver Colorado. Toms character was the first to marry one of the Waltons children when he married Mary Ellen. Tom has also appeared in various TV and film roles and could be seen in Pollock, and The Hills Have Eyes. 

Tom played Berkeep in Battlestar Galactica. Other roles included Beverly Hills Cop 2, Die Hard 2, Nixon, The Negotiator and the Killer Inside Me amongst others. He is also an award winning stage actor.

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JOHN RITTER:- Played Reverend Matthew Fordwick.

 

John was born on 17th September 1948 in Burbank California. John won an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his role in the sitcom Threes Company. He appeared in Hundreds of films and TV shows across a long and very busy career. He received 4 daytime Emmy awar nominations for his voice over work on the childrens TV series Clifford the Big Red Dog. He is the son of the famous Country.Western star Tex Ritter and John sadly died after the production of an episode for the second season of 8 simple rules in 2003. 

Amongst his roles in films and TV shows are, Nowhere, Panic, Bad Santa, Hawaii Five-0, M*A*S*H, Kojak, petrocelli, The Streets Of San Fransisco, Rhoda, Starsky and Hutch, The Love Boat, Ringo, The Last Fling, Ally McBeal and 8 Simple Rules to name but a few. In 1983 he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. He played the Reverend in the Waltons and was hugely popular with the other actors.

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TONY BECKER:- Played Drew Cutler.

 

Born 14th September 1963 in Los Angeles. Tony has the very unusual claim to fame in that his dad had the first on screen fight with Elvis Presley in the film Loving You. Tony himself has some early roles which included a part aged 11 on The Oregon Trail and then on For Love and Honor. he also appeared in such things as Lou Grant, Little House On The Prarie, Marcus Welby, Knots Landing, lelrose Place and Texas Ranger.

Tony might be best known for his role as Corporal Daniel Purcell on the Vietnam War series Tour Of Duty. His love of the outdoors has seen Tony act as a producer, director and writer of a travel and adventure series. In the Waltons he played the boy friend of Elizabeth.

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JONATHAN FRAKES:- Played Ashley Longworth Junior.

 

Born on 19th August in Bellefonte Pennsylvania. After the Waltons he became best known for hir role as Commander William T.Riker in the TV series Star Trek: The Next generation. During his career he has appeared in such things as The Dukes Of Hazzard, Hill Street Blues, Highway To Heaven, The Fall Guy and Matlock to name but a few. He has also had a long career as a director in both films and TV.

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HAL WILLIAMS:- Played Harley Foster.

 

Born on December 14th 1938 in Columbo Ohio. As well as the Waltons Hal might be best known for his role as the black cop Smitty, in the series Sanford and Son. He also played Lester Jenkins in the sitcom 227. He first appeared in films in 1969 and had roles in Private Benjamin and Hardcore as well as on TV in The Rookie. In the 1990's Hal appeared in The Sinbad Show and The Chereokee Kid and more recently he appeared in Guess Who. Other roles were in L.A.Law, magnum, Hill Street Blues, Moonlight, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Knots Landing, T.J.Hooker and Quincy and others.

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LYNN HAMILTON:- Played Verdi Grant Foster.

 

Born on April 25th 1930 in Yazoo City Mississippi. She made her film debut in 1959 in Shadows. Perhaps best known for her role in the hit sitcom Sanford and Son where she played the charcter Donna Harris from 1972 - 1977. She appeared in many TV shows such as Generations, Dangerous Women, Port Charles and Roots The Next generation. Lynn also had a large role as Judge Fulton in The Practise and appeared in The Golden Girls.

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JOHN CRAWFORD:- Played Sheriff Ep Bridges.

 

Born on September 13th 1920 in Coalfax Washington. John appeared in several leading roles in UK films following smaller parts in several U.S. films during the 1940's and 1950's. On his return to the U.S. he appeared in more films before becoming more well known in TV roles. These included State Trooper, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Incredible Hulk, The Twilight Zone, The Time Tunnel, The Fugitive, The Dukes Of hazzard, Lost In Space, Mission Impossible, Hogans Heros, Star Trek and of course the Waltons. He could be seen in films such as The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno and The Enforcer to name just a few. Sadly John died of a stroke aged 90 in Newbury Park california.

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DAVID DOREMUS:- Played G.W.Haines.

 

Born on 23rd December 1957 in Palmdale California. He married Erin Doremus and they have 4 children. As a child David appeared in Nanny and The professor before appearing for 5 years in The Waltons as the boyfirend of Erin when aged 14. In 1977 his character was killed in an army training accident. In 1972 David appeared in Bonanza and later in 1981 was in the film Rivals and was appearing in TV commercials aged just 7, hence the young photo we have used. In 1980 David has been working in the Mobile Electronics Business.

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NORA MARLOWE:- Played Flossie Brimmer.

 

Born on September 5th 1915 in Worcester Massachusetts.. Nora appeared in 27 episodes of the Waltons and appeared in films and other TV shows. She could be seen in the sitcom The Governor and J.J. and films The Thomas Crown Affair, North By Northwest and Westwordl. Before the Waltons Nora could be seen in Law Of The Plainsman and My Living Doll, as well as State Trooper, 77 Sunset Strip, Shotgun Slade, The Alfred Hitchcok Hour, The Donna Reed Show, Going My way to name but a few. She also guest starred in the family drama National velvet. Sadly Nore died aged just 62 in december in Los Angeles.

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LEWIS ARQUETTE:- Played J.D.Pickett.

 

Born on December 14th 1935 in Chicago Illinois. Lewis had a career as an actor, writer and producer. He is part of the famous Arquette family and is the former father in law of Courteney Cox, Thomas Jane and Nicolas Cage, and appeared in a lot of films with his sons. The family moved to Virginia in 1970, sadly his wife died from breast cancer in 1977.

Lewis appeared in many films such as Man from Atlantis, The China Syndrome, Fantasy Island, The Incredible Hulk, The Fall Guy, Nobodys Fool, A Very Brady Christmas, Quantum Leap, Tango and Cash, L.A.Law, Beverly Hills 90210, The Bell, Kiss and Tell, Scream 2 to name just a few.

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WILLIAM SCHALLERT:- Played Stanley Perkins.

 

Born 6th July 1922 in Los Angeles. He had a successful and varied film and TV career appearing in The Smurfs, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, 87th Precinct, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Lawman and Love amongst others. William has also done voiveover work on many TV and Radio commercials over many years. Other shows he has been in include, Bewitched, The Bionic Woman, Desperate housewives, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Showm hawaii Five-0, Highway To Heaven, In The Heat Of The Night, Little House on The Prairie, Magnum P.I., The Partridge Family, Perry Mason, The Suire Life Of Zack and Cody, Zorro and many more.

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MAYF NUTTER:- Played Bobby Bigelow.

 

Mayf has had a varied career and has appeared in many films with such people as Jeff Bridges, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, James Stewart, Rock Hudson amongst others. His TV roles include appearing on shows such as Knots Landing, Falcon Crest, Days Of Our Lives, Lone Star Bar and Grill and Hawkins.

Mayf has also been in Murder She Wrote, Airwolf, The Fall Guy, Dukes Of Hazzard, Charlies Angels, Gunsmoke, High Chaperral to name just a few. His musical career is huge as well, he was the youngest honoree in the Nashville Country Music Hall Of fame. He is a member of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Before going solo Mayf was the guitarist for rock and roll ledgend Del Shannon on his hit song Runaway. He has played such venues as Los Angeles Coliseum and The Grand Ole Opry.

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Martha Nix:- Played Serena.

 

Martha was born in September 1967 and began acting aged just 7. As well as The waltons she has appeared in Little house on the Prarie, Silver Spoons, Safe at Home, Its Your Move and Aloha Paradise to name just a few. 

 

She is currently an Author and a Speaker and wrote her superb Autobiography in 2011. She lives in california with her husband and two children.

 

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Keith Coogan:- Played Jeffrey.

 

Keith was born in Palm Springs in california on January 13th 1970. He actually appeared on TV aged just two, and appeared on commercials aged just five. As a child actor as well as the Waltons he could be seen in such shows as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, Eight is enough, Knight Rider, Growing Pains, Silver Spoons, Fame and CHIPS. He has also appeared in such films as Adventures in Babysitting, Cousins, Hiding Out, Cheetah, Toy Soldiers, Book of Love and Dont Tell Mom.  Keith has now also worked in Theatre and Radio.

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Waltons Friendship Societ

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Want to join us?

Then simply complete the application form via the membership heading at the top of this page.

Membership Prices Frozen again for 2017!!

Why become a member?

 

1) You will be entered free of charge into every single Society competition which have brilliant prizes, see our competition page.

 

2) It is the only way to receive the concluding part of every interview with people from the show, see interview page.

** So far we have concluding parts of our exclusive society interviews with both series creator Earl Hamner as well as Judy Norton who played Mary Ellen in the series, waiting to be sent out to you as soon as you become a member, with more to follow, so join today!

 

3) Should an event involving people from the series be organized by our society then members will receive a priority ticket booking period before non-members.

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COMPETITION No1:- The first Walton Friendship Society competition has now been drawn and won by a society member living in Yorkshire in England, see the competition page for more details and winners reaction.

 

Competition No2:- This competition prize is also a book written by a cast member. "My Secret Life" by Martha Nix Wade who played Serena in the series.

 Well done to our member from Kent here in the UK for being drawn out as the prize winner.

 

Competition No3:- Congratulations to Jane from Stroud in the Uk who is our latest prize winner and recieves a beautiful signed colour photo of Judy Norton who played Mary Ellen in the series.

 

Competition No4:- This was drawn in August 2015 and congratulations got to Victoria from Coventry who the signed photo of series creator Earl hamner!

 

Competition No5:- Congratulations go to our December 2015 competition winner who is Sheila from Cambridge who has won the superb colour action photo of Erin and Mary Ellen which has ben signed by Judy Norton, its a superb prize, well done.

 

Competition No6:- Congratulations go to our March 2016 competition winner who is David from Devon in the UK who has won a superb signed photo of series creator Earl Hamner.

 

Competition No7:- Congratulations to our August 2016 competition winner who is Alison from Essex in the UK who has won a great copy of the book on the Walton's by Earl Hamner.

 

Competition No8:- Congratulations to Kate from East Sussex who has won the December 2016 prize draw competition and wins a superb colour signed photo of Judy Norton who played Mary Ellen in the series.

 

Competition No9:- This will be drawn in March 2017 and the winner will recieve a superb colour signed photo from Jon Walmsley. To be included in this draw simply ensure your a society member by th start of March 2017, Good Luck!.

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