Richard Earl Thomas (born June 13, 1951) is an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, for which he won one Emmy Award and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. He portrayed Bill Denbrough in the 1990 television adaptation of It and Howard Cottrell in the television adaptation of Autopsy Room Four that aired on the 2006 television anthology Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.

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