'The Waltons': What Is "Jim Bob Walton" Doing Today?

David W. Harper and Eric Scott starred on The Waltons as "Jim Bob Walton" and "Ben Walton".
August 27, 2019 - 12:43 / Clemens Fanger

Even though The Waltons finished in 1981, it feels like just yesterday that we were settling down to watch what adventures The Waltons got up to next! One of our all-time favourite characters was "Jim Bob Walton", played by David W. Harper. However, we haven't heard much about the talented actor since the show ended almost four decades ago!

The Waltons was one of the most successful TV shows of all time. Actor David W. Harper (57) was part of the main cast and played "James Robert "'im Bob' Walton". He played the Waltons' second youngest child and their youngest son right up until the series finished in 1981. 

David W. Harper in 2012
David W. Harper in 2012

David W. Harper's life after The Waltons 

After The Waltons finished, David W. Harper appeared in a number of smaller roles, one of them in the miniseries The Blue and the Gray (1982) and in the comedy Fletch (1985). However, he wasn't cast in any major roles. 

David W. Harper tried different jobs before deciding to study Business Administration. He is rumored to have worked for Eric Scott's ("Ben Walton") company for a while. Today, Harper has retired from acting, but is still a regular at different Waltons fan events.