Which Waltons actors were actually alive during the 1930s?

Which cast members experienced the world of the show firsthand?

The Waltons harkened back to a harder yet simpler time. It started in the middle of the Depression and continued through World War II. Because it aired almost four decades after it took place, many of the actors never knew the world of the show. However, even if they were small children at the time, a few cast members did experience life in the real 1930s.

See if you can guess which actors were alive during the 1930s and which ones weren't!

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  1. Was John Walton himself, Ralph Waite, alive during the 1930s?
  2. Did Richard Thomas ever experience the real 1930s?
  3. Was Michael Learned born before 1940?
  4. Was John Ritter alive during the 1930s?
  5. Mayf Nutter played singer Bobby Bigelow. Was he born before 1940?
  6. Joe Conley was the perfect 1930s shopkeeper, but did he ever know the real Depression era?
  7. Ronnie Claire Edwards played Ike Godsey's wife, Corabeth. Was she born before 1940?
  8. Jonathan Frakes played Ashley Longworth Jr. on The Waltons. Was he alive during the 1930s?
  9. Lynn Hamilton was Waltons' neighbor Verdie Foster. Did she experience any of the 1930s?
  10. Will Geer's real life daughter, Ellen, appeared in two episodes. Was she born before 1940?
  11. Was Cissy Wellman, who played Sissy Walker, alive during the 1930s?
  12. Mariclare Costello was schoolteacher Miss Hunter. Did she ever experience the real 1930s?
  13. James Gammon had a recurring role as Zack Rosswell. Was he alive during the 1930s?
  14. Tom Bower played Mary Ellen's husband Dr. Curtis Willard. Was he born before 1940?

Which Waltons actors were actually alive during the 1930s?

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DIGGER1 29 months ago
Which Waltons actors were actually alive during the 1930s?
You got 13 out of 14
No matter what your score, did you Learned something new about these Waltons actors?
I was "VERY CLOSE" to getting "100%" on this quiz, but...oh well, at least I didn't get the "LAST" question wrong, like on all the other quizzes that I've taken. LOL!
30 months ago
One thing that just kills me is that all the "Waltons" sport 1970-ish hairdos, rather than Depression Era coiffure. Joe "Conley's" is ridiculous. They all have white, perfect teeth, which speaks more of Beverly Hills dental care, rather than poor Appalachian folks in the 1930s. What 1930s Appalachian woman would wear high heels around the house? Apparently, "Mary Ellen!" Reminds me of the art expert who exposed a fake Rembrandt. "But," protested the hopeful seller, "look at the brushwork, the colors..." Replied the expert, "I'm looking at the twentieth century clues that tell me this painting wasn't possibly created in the 1600s."
DonaldDuck59 33 months ago
14 out of 14, not bad for someone that is born in 1959.
DIGGER1 DonaldDuck59 29 months ago
I was born in 1969. LOL!
Dysall DonaldDuck59 12 days ago
I was born in 75. Luckily, I got 12/14 right. I missed 7 and 13.
Randall 34 months ago
Jonathan Frakes, The only atheist on the mountain and second in command of the ENTERPRISE
zman47240 34 months ago
12/14 and most were just lucky guesses.
Shatner1 34 months ago
9/14--got most of the women wrong!!!
TheSentinel 34 months ago
8/14 - got #5 and the last five questions wrong.
L 34 months ago
Characters my big fat toe.

My own PARENTS were alive in the 30s, as well as all of my aunts and uncles. Okay, so they were very young, in some cases, just babies.

If you're going by Jim Bob being born in 1924 in "The Runaway", in the real world, he's the same age as two of my aunts, and only four years older than my own father.
Debbie 34 months ago
12/14. I got numbers 12 and 14 wrong
jtrain 34 months ago
12/14, got the last 2 wrong. James Gammon looks older! And Tom Bowers looked younger!
Tresix jtrain 34 months ago
Gammon was only nine years older than Don Johnson, yet played Don’s father on “Nash Bridges”.
jtrain Tresix 33 months ago
I liked that show! But the same holds true for Bonanza, Adam and Hoss were around the same age as their Dad, Lorne Greene!
Tresix jtrain 32 months ago
I like that line from “Tin Men” about “Bonanza”: “That’s the show with the 55-year-old guy with the three 45-year-old sons.”
FLETCH 34 months ago
Oh my. Aside form the fact that I was never a Waltons fan, this trivia was kind of bizarre

7 out of 14
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