Monday 18 December 2017

Waltons creator Earl Hamner dies at 92

Earl Hamner pictured receiving a Virginia Senate honour at the state capitol in Richmond in 2013 Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP)
Earl Hamner pictured receiving a Virginia Senate honour at the state capitol in Richmond in 2013 Richmond Times-Dispatch/AP)

Earl Hamner, the prolific writer who drew upon his Depression-era upbringing in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to create one of television's most beloved family shows, The Waltons, has died at 92.

Hamner's friend Ray Castro, who produced a documentary about him, said he died in Los Angeles and had recently been battling pneumonia.

Although best remembered for The Waltons, which had nine seasons and won more than a dozen Emmys, the show barely scratched the surface of Hamner's literary accomplishments.

He was a best-selling novelist with Spencer's Mountain, wrote eight episodes of the classic 1960s TV show The Twilight Zone and, as a screenwriter, adapted the popular children's tale Charlotte's Web, into the hit 2006 film.

Press Association

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