Earl Hamner, Jr., ‘The Waltons’ ‘Falcon Crest’ Creator, Has Died At Cedars In Beverly Hills At 92, Highlight Hollywood News
Famed writer and producer Earl Hamner Jr., has died. Mr. Hamner was the real ‘John Boy’ in the TV show “The Waltons,” based on his book Spencer’s Mountain. He grew up in Schuyler, in Nelson County, where both the book and TV show took place. Hamner was 92 years old. Mr. Hamner’s son confirmed the death to Highlight Hollywood.
The Waltons ran for nine seasons, from 1972 to 1981. He was also a University of Richmond (Va) graduate.
Mr. Hamner was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, which rapidly progressed up until his death.
Mr. Hamner died with his family by his side, listening to John Denver’s collection, his favorite music.
Mr. Hamner also created my late mentor Jane Wyman’s TV series “Falcon Crest.” He once told me, after having his quiet life portrayed on TV in “The Waltons,” that he decided to raise hell in his next soap.
Mr. Hamner’s son made the following statement: “I am very sorry to be the bearer of sad news. My father, Earl Hamner, passed away today at 12:20 PM Pacific time. Dad died peacefully in his sleep at Cedar Sinai Hospital. He was surrounded by family, and we were playing his favorite music, John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Collection. Dad took his last breath half way through Rocky Mountain High. I am sure many of you know Dad was ill, but his amazing tenacity and fight masked how seriously ill he has been over the last year and a half. He was diagnosed with cancer in June of 2014, and had surgery performed in July on his 91st birthday. Unfortunately, the cancer had metastasized. The surgery was very invasive and when we went to see him in the ICU we were warned to prepare ourselves that it was uncertain he would make it through the night. I want to thank each and every one of you for your prayers, good wishes and kind thoughts – I can assure you that they sustained Dad and helped him to recover enough to proudly witness the final production of ‘Earl Hamner: Storyteller’, become the honored recipient of The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Humanitarian Award, and accept Media Heritage Founder’s Award. There is not a doubt in my mind that he would not have made it this far without you — and we had the good fortune to keep him in our lives a bit longer despite the odds against him. He never got enough of this great gift of life with which we have all been so deeply blessed — and he hung on as tightly as anyone could with insatiable passion and wonder. My heart is broken as I say, “Goodnight, Dad!””
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