Jon Walmsley (pictured above) said he has changed his look a lot since the days of The Waltons
The star of one of the most famous TV shows of all time, The Waltons, and the voice of Christopher Robin has traded in
Jon Walmsley, who is widely loved for his portrayal of Jason in iconic show The Waltons has been living at the south west tip of Britain since October.
The 61-year-old actor, who is also famed for providing the voice of Christopher Robin for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons revealed that despite his association with the award winning show, he’s barely recognised in north Cornwall where he lives with wife Marion.
Jon’s parents originated from Britain. They were from Lancashire and moved to California when Jon was just two years old.
He says Britain still holds an affinity for him and he fell in love with Cornwall on a visit before moving there, he also still has relations that live in the UK.
The Waltons was a much loved US TV show which first aired in September 1972 and was such a success CBS decided to run it for another nine seasons.
Jon starred in 213 episodes in his decade working on the TV show as Jason, the musically gifted, second-oldest brother.
Jon Walmsley (pictured above) when starring in popular TV show The Waltons, he starred as the musically gifted Jason Walton
Jon (right) poses for a photo with his wife Marion (left) on Holywell beach in Cornwall
After the series was cancelled in 1981, the show had created such a fan base that six TV movies were made, with the last airing in 1997.
The show revolved around the tight-knit clan’s lives on a Virginia mountain during the Depression and Second World War.
It is famous for its much imitated, ‘Goodnight John Boy’ closing sequence where each member of the family says goodnight to the others.
Despite that the acting star, and a successful musician said: ‘I don’t really get recognised as I changed my look a few years ago and now look quite different than on The Waltons.
‘It’s an advantage for me, as I’m a real people-watcher.
‘It’s an old acting habit.
‘People tend to behave differently around a celebrity.
This picture shows the Waltons cast, Jon is circled in the back row playing Jason Walton
Richard Thomas, Judy Norton-Taylor, Jon Walmsley (circled), Mary Beth McDonough, David W. Harper, Ralph Waite, Kami Cotler, Michael Learned, Will Geer, Eric Scott, Ellen Corby as The Waltons
‘I love to get into conversations with strangers and I much prefer to be judged on my own merits rather than on any preconceptions.
‘Cornwall has so much to offer.
Jon enjoying the Great British countryside as he strolls along the coast on a bright day
‘We love the sea, the coastal path, the moors, the woods, the farms, the sheep, cows and wild ponies – and the good food.
‘We had been coming here on holiday for years and it began to feel like home.’
‘Marion and I have busied ourselves with starting a new life – opening a bank account, buying a car, registering with the National Health Service and enjoying the spectacular coastal paths, moors, historic churches and pubs of Cornwall.’
The Waltons classic ‘Goodnight, John Boy’ closing sequence was inspired by an actual bedtime tradition at the childhood home of the show’s creator Earl Hamner Jr.
The program earned two Golden Globe Awards as well as an Emmy Award for outstanding drama series.
There were also seven individual Emmy Awards for its stars: Michael Learned (Olivia Walton), Richard Thomas (‘John Boy’ Walton), Beulah Bondi (Martha Corrinne Walton), and Ellen Corby (Esther Walton).
In the UK, the series was broadcast on BBC 1 and BBC 2 during the 1970s and 1980s.
The three reunion TV movies filmed in 1982 were also shown on BBC 2.
Jon admiring the British coast in a post from social media uploaded last year
Jon (circled) holding his trademark guitar as Jason in The Waltons, alongside Judy Norton Taylor, Eric Scott, Kami Cotler, Richard Thomas, Mary Beth McDonough and David W Harper
The show was repeated on Channel 4 in the 1990s.
It currently airs on True Entertainment in the UK.
Walmsley was born in Blackburn and first moved to California when he was just two years old. In 2002, he and three other Los Angeles musicians formed a band called The U.K Beat, which plays music that inspired Walmsley and his friends when they were children during the 1960s British rock invasion.
He also provided the voice of Christopher Robin for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh cartoons and has now established a career as a musician, working with stars such as The Who’s Roger Daltrey.