- Made his Broadway debut at age of 7 in Sunrise at Campobello, playing John Roosevelt, the son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
- His parents founded the New York School of Ballet.
- Left The Waltons after five seasons because his contract was up, but later returned for three TV movies.
- A past chairman for the Better Hearing Institute.
- Has his own production company, Melpomene Productions.
- 1974, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1975, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
- 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Continuing: Winner
- Pilar Alma — Daughter
- Kendra Kneisel — Stepdaughter
- Bronwyn Thomas — Sister
- Montana James Thomas — Son
- Barbara Fallis — Mother
- Alma Gonzales — Ex-wife
- Richard Francisco — Son
- Brooke Murphy — Stepdaughter
- Richard Scott Thomas — Father
- Gwyneth Gonzales — Daughter
- Georgiana Bischoff — Wife
- Barbara Ayala — Daughter
- Attended Columbia University, New York, New York, United States
- Birth Name: Richard Earl Thomas
- Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
- Profession: Actor
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