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Recent Role: James Robert "Jim Bob" Walton on The Waltons
Jim Bob may have been the second youngest of the Walton children, but his role was memorable. In the earlier episodes as a preteen, he was always the first to throw in a few 'obnoxious little brother' behaviors. In the "Thanksgiving Story", while his sister is leaning in the window of the truck, Jim Bob is pestering her from behind....as only a pesky little brother can.
But Jim Bob also had a lot of heart. He rescued everything from a calf, all the way down to a creature as small as an ant. He was extremely protective of his little sister Elizabeth.... and he could steal your heart, such as when he ran away from home after feeling unwanted in the third season.
For those of us who grew up in the country, it's easy to relate to the little boy Jim Bob ......who was always the first (or only) to go barefoot.... and for some reason I always remember the line he once said as a youngster.... "I don't know how anyone could give up egg on hash".
As he grew, Jim Bob's love for airplanes and his mechanical interests began to become a real part of his life.
Jim Bob Walton wasn't in two early episodes of the second season, "The Journey", (although he is credited for that episode), and "The Substitute". The ten-year-old just vanished for reasons unknown, and nothing was mentioned in these episodes to explain his absence. Fortunately he returned.... and he was a regular from then on.
As an adult, it was nice to see Jim Bob as a part of the 'reunion' tv-films/episodes. His character was as much a part of this series as anyone.... and although not as animated as that of JohnBoy or Grandpa or Mary Ellen...... Jim Bob is a part of the Walton family that many of us can relate to more often than not.
James Robert 'Jim Bob' Walton Photos
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