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David W. Harper : biography

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David William Harper (born October 4, 1961, in Abilene, Texas) is an American actor.

He began his run in The Waltons by appearing with his other TV brothers and sisters, in The Homecoming, remaining with the series, playing Jim Bob Walton, the youngest of the Walton brothers. When The Waltons ended in 1982, he continued acting, appearing in The Blue and The Gray, a television mini series. David also returned to play Jim Bob in the three Waltons movies, made in 1982. He appeared in a movie called Fletch in 1985, but then seemed to disappear from television land altogether.

Even though David has not continued in show business, he does, however, continue to be seen at Waltons functions and other collectible and memorabilia fairs. Fortunately for Waltons fans, David has also returned to our screens to appear in each one of the later special movie editions of The Waltons, produced in 1990's.Harper is most noted for the role of Jim Bob (James Robert) Walton, which he first portrayed in the 1971 movie The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, and subsequently in the series The Waltons. Apart from appearing in the later “Waltons” movies, he seems to have given up his acting career, although he does make personal appearances at “Waltons” functions.



  • The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)
  • The Waltons (1972–1981)
  • Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977)


  • A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1982)
  • The Blue and the Gray (1982)
  • Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain (1982)
  • A Wedding on Walton's Mountain (1982)
  • Fletch (1985)
  • 3:15 (1986)


  • A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993)
  • A Walton Wedding (1995)
  • A Walton Easter (1997)
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