David W. Harper

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David W. Harper
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Harper at The Waltons 40th Anniversary in 2012.
David William Harper

(1961-10-04) October 4, 1961 (age 57)
Years active1971–2011

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

Harper began his acting career appearing as Jim Bob Walton, the second-youngest of seven siblings, in the made-for-television film The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971). When the film was turned into The Waltons television series in 1972, Harper reprised his role and remained with the series throughout its nine-season run.[1]

When The Waltons ended in 1981, Harper appeared in the television miniseries The Blue and the Gray and the theatrical film Fletch. Along with most of the other series regulars, Harper appeared in various Waltons reunion specials produced in the 1980s and 1990s.

Harper is not currently active in show business but does appear at such Waltons-related functions as collectible and memorabilia fairs. After working at a variety of jobs, he went to school to study business.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1971 The Homecoming: A Christmas Story Jim-Bob TV movie
1971-1981 The Waltons Jim-Bob Walton TV Series, 212 episodes
1977 Walking Tall: Final Chapter Driver of the Stolen Sherrif's Car Uncredited
1982 The Blue and the Gray James Hale TV Mini-Series, 3 episodes
1985 Fletch Teenager
1986 3:15 Pay-Off guy


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 1150. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. ^ Garver, Kathy; Ascher, Fred (2016). X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 177. ISBN 9781630761141. Retrieved 20 April 2017.

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