Can you guess how old each Waltons cast member was when the show premiered?

The youngest and oldest cast members were over 60 years apart in age.

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The Waltons went against conventional wisdom in the early 1970s and showed that wholesome family entertainment could find a huge audience. One of the draws for this nostalgic look at the trials and triumphs of a rural family during the Great Depression was the cast that made up the large, three-generation family all living under one roof.

Because the show ran for almost a decade, it’s easy to forget how young even the oldest actors were when the show first started. Think you know each cast member's age when the show premiered in September, 1972? Put that knowledge to the test with this quiz!

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  1. How old was Will Geer when The Waltons premiered?
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  2. How old was Richard Thomas when The Waltons premiered?
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  3. How old was Kami Cotler when The Waltons premiered?
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  4. How old was Ralph Waite when The Waltons premiered?
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  5. How old was Jon Walmsley when The Waltons premiered?
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  6. How old was Ellen Corby when The Waltons premiered?
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  7. How old was Judy Norton when The Waltons premiered?
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  8. How old was Eric Scott when The Waltons premiered?
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  9. How old was Michael Learned when The Waltons premiered?
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  10. How old was David W. Harper when The Waltons premiered?
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  11. How old was Mary Beth McDonough when The Waltons premiered?
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Can you guess how old each Waltons cast member was when the show premiered?

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Tommy 3 months ago
11/11 some lucky guesses. Didn't know John boy was 21 when show started ...wow
JewelsChuck 3 months ago
A funny thing is that MaryEllen was much older than the episode where she’s going to be thirteen and doesn’t want any part of her quilting get together. 😮
JewelsChuck 3 months ago
10/11 I got the last one wrong, not too bad for someone who’s not good with ages.
JanFresh 3 months ago
8/11 I missed john boy, grandpa, and olivia. Lol There ain't no way John boy was 21 when it started.
stephaniestavr5 JanFresh 3 months ago
Yes there is, if his birthdate happens to be June 13th, 1951, and The Waltons began the fall of '72. Which he was, and it did. Which means come this 6/13/21, Richard Thomas will be turning the same age Will Geer was, when the show started.




































JanFresh stephaniestavr5 3 months ago
He looked so young tho, maybe 17 tops
FLETCH 3 months ago
4 out of 11 I never watched this show. Hated it as a kid.
gboone63 3 months ago
I always enjoyed the show growing up however I didn’t do to well on guessing their ages. I got 5/11
CouchPotato987 3 months ago
I hated the Waltons...I wasn't even born when it started anyway. I tried watching some of the reruns, but thought it was boring. So, I had to guess. I went 5-6....not bad for guessing, but some of those kids looked much younger to me than their real age.
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