I attempted to answer the question of just who were the actors, that made up the cast and crew of "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story". Should you find any errors or know of any additional information concerning this website just e-mail me.
The Homecoming first appeared on CBS in the evening of December 19th, 1971. It has since been one of the top Christmas movies enjoyed in my home each year. For those who have never seen the movie, the story is a heartwarming holiday movie, that is set around Christmas eve in 1933 and a loving family that is looking forward to their father's return home after working miles away. How the older son "John Boy" goes looking for his daddy , that Christmas eve and turns up at the Baldwin home and has a sip of the recipe.
|Directed by Fielder Cook||Written by Earl Hamner Jr.|
Patricia Neal was born Patsy Louise Neal on January 20th, 1926, in Packard, Kentucky. She still acts today and one of her last movies is "Cookie's Fortune" (1999), one of her first movies was "It's a Great Feeling" (1949) playing herself.
Patricia married Roald Dahl (1916-1990) on 2 July 1953 and divorced him in 1983. In the early 1960's she had a stroke in which a TV movie "The Patricia Neal Story", was based on her struggle back from that debilitating stroke.
She Won the Golden Globe award for best TV Actress in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" and received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1986.
I remember her TV commercials for Maxwell House Coffee in the 1970's.
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Edgar was born February 16th, 1903, in Chicago, Illinois. He died September 30th, 1978, in Las Vegas, of a heart attack. Edgar was married to Frances Bergen in 28 June 1945 He was the son of Kris Bergen, and the father of Candice Bergen. One of his first movies was "The Operation" (1930) and the last one was playing himself in "The Muppet Movie" (1979) .
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Ellen was born Ellen Hansen, on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She was raised in Philadelphia, PA. and was the daughter of Fred and Dagmar (Nelleman) Hansen, who were both born in Denmark. In 1929 Ellen moved to California intending to become an actress. Instead, she was offered a job as a script girl in the movies and remained in that capacity for nearly 12 years, before finally turning to acting in the 1940's.
Ellen Corby's portrayal of Aunt Trina in 1948's, "I Remember Mama" earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In the 1960's she made the transition to television as a regular on "Please Don't Eat The Daisies", as a maid named Martha O' Reilly.
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Dorothy was born Dorothy Hayes Stickney on June 21st, 1896 in Dickinson, N.D., She was best known for her role in the longest running non-musical play on Broadway, " Life With Father". Dorothy studied acting in the North Western Dramatic School in Minneapolis. After several years in summer stock and vaudeville, she made her debut on Broadway in 1926 in "The Squall," and achieved notoriety. Her father, Victor Hugo Stickney, was a doctor who made house calls on horseback; he was among the first 10 elected to the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. She attended the North Western Dramatic School in Minneapolis and was one of the four singer/dancer "Southern Belles" in vaudeville. Her initial failure to obtain acting roles in New York in the 1920s led her to write a poem "You're Not the Type" published in Liberty magazine. Her 1926 Broadway debut was a bit part in "The Squall" after which she often played character roles as an eccentric. Her last known movie was "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" in 1971.
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Josephine was born October 12th, 1903 in Seattle, Washington. She studied at the Seattle's Cornish School as a child where she played in "The Little Princess" (1917). When in her early twenties she worked in New York at the Civic Repertory Theater. She then moved to Hollywood in 1934 and appeared in her first movie "Happiness Ahead" . It was around 1955 when she appeared in her first TV show "Gunsmoke". Her last known movie was "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story". And her last known TV guest appearance was in "Little House on the Prairie" (1974).
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William was born September 28th, 1923 in New York, New York. He was the son of an architect. His education included the military academy, Williams College, Antioch College University of Kentucky, Fordham University and Columbia University. He served in the WWII. and continued his education after the war at He first appeared on stage in 1937 as the "Duke of Gloucester" in Richard III in Biarritz, France. William spent 18 years on stage before moving onto movies in which he played an attorney in the movie called " To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962) He is also best known for his role in " The Farmer's Daughter and his starring role as John Monroe in "My World and Welcome to" in the 1960's. William Windom married Patricia Veronica Tunder on December 31st, 1975.
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Cleavon was born Cleavon Jake Little on June 1st, 1939 in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Cleavon's first known movie was called "What's So Bad About Feeling Good?" in 1968. As for his first TV guest appearance, that was "All In The Family" in 1971. After playing Hawthorne Dooley in "The Homecoming", Cleavon Little went onto acting in a great deal of movies and appearing in TV shows. His last known movie was "Goin to Chicago" in 1991. Cleavon died from cancer on October 22, 1992 in Sherman Oaks, California. He was divorced and had one daughter.
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Andrew was born on December 28th, 1923 in Franklin, Indiana and was raised in Texas. He was educated at Indiana University, and began his career on stage. Andrew left and went to Hollywood after returning from the service. His first known appearance was in 1955 "You Are There" (1953), as for his first known movie, it is believe to be "Patterns" in 1956, [also titled: Patterns of Power]. In all, Andrew Duggan had made numerous TV guest appearances on shows like "The Big Valley", "I Spy", "The Virginian", and "Gunsmoke".
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David was born on September 17th, 1930 in Vinton, Virginia, and raised in nearby Villmonte, He graduated from Montvale High School and had won a football scholarship to Fork Union Military Academy. By 1954 David headed to New York to become an actor, when he enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1959, David went to Los Angeles to appear in a stage version of The Front Page starring Pat O’Brien. He appeared in his first big movie in 1970 with John Wayne's "Rio Lobo". David Huddleston appeared in a great number of films and TV shows. One of those movies is "Blazing Saddles" in which Cleavon Little also appeared in too. He first appeared on TV in "Bewitched " in 1971 which was followed by "The Homecoming Coming: A Christmas Story". David lives in New Mexico today.
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Woodrow was born Sydney Woodrow Parfrey on October 5th, 1922 in New York and died on July 29th, 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
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I wasn't able to find very much information on Sally Chamberlin. Other then a couple TV shows and movies, like the movie "Coriolanus" in 1951 before appearing as the City Lady in "The Homecoming" in 1971. Sally's last known appearance was in a 1990 TV episode of "Law and Order" were she played a forewoman.
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Richard was born on June 13th, 1951, in New York, New York. He married Alma Gonzalez on Feb. 14, 1975 and had 4 children: a son Richard Francisco, born in 1976 and triplets - Barbara, Gwyneth and Pilar, born on August 26, 1981. He divorced his first wife in 1993 and on November 20th, 1994 Richard married a second time to Georgiana Bischoff and she had two children from her first marriage, namely Brooke and Kendra. On July 28th, 1996 Georgiana and Richard had their first child together naming him Montana James Thomas. Richard Thomas still acts and his last known movie is called Wonder Boys (2000), I believe his first movie was Oliver Twist (1959) when he was about eight years old and one of his first appearances on TV was in "Bonanza" (1959). Richard Thomas does have hearing loss, but that doesn't stop him. He also appears on a TV show called "It's a Miracle". Since playing John Boy in The Homecoming he has appeared in over fifty TV movies and made a number of TV appearances, one of them is in the "Promised Land" (1996).
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Jon was born on February 6th, 1956 in Lancashire, England. His first TV show was in a 1966 episode of "Combat!". Before appearing in "The Homecoming" as Jason Walton, he did the voice of Chistopher Robin in the 1968 movie of "Winnie the Pooh". Jon Walmsley went on to portray Jason Walton in the TV series "The Waltons" (1972-1981) followed by appearing in the Waltons TV movies.
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Judy was born on January 29th, 1958 in Santa Monica, California. It is my undestanding, that Judy made her first TV appearance in 1967 on "Hotel". She is best known for her roll in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" in 1971 followed by playing the part as Mary Ellen Walton in the TV series "The Waltons". After the series ended in 1981 Judy did go on to acting in movies and TV shows. She is married, has a four and half year old son and now lives in British Colombia, Canada. Judy is also credited as Judy Norton Taylor and Judy Norton-Apostle.
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Mary was born on May 4th, 1961 in Van Nuys, California. She was married to Rob Wickstrom in 1988 and had a daughter, she was divorced in 1996.
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Eric was born on October 20th, 1958 in Los Angeles, California. Eric Scott was but five years old when he made an appearance on "Bewitched". He is best know for his roll as Ben Walton on "The Waltons" (1972-1981). After the series ended in 1981 he then went onto playing in a couple known movies "The Loch Ness Horror", "The F.B.I. Story" and a few TV appearances.
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David was born on October 4th, 1961 in California. He began his acting at an early age and it is believed, that in 1971 "The Homecoming" was his first TV movie. David then went on to play Jim-Bob in the series "The Waltons" from 1972 until 1981. He then went onto playing in a TV mini series "The Blue and the Gray". There was a few other movies and his return appearances in The Walton TV movies. I don't believe he is married and he did work as a partner of a courier service in L.A. with his TV brother Eric Scott. Today! David Harper is an Art dealer and Artist in Los Angeles, California.
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Kami was born on June 17th, 1965 in Long Beach, California. It is believed, that "The Homecoming" was her first TV movie in 1971 at the age of six where she played Elizabeth Walton and then went on to play Elizabeth in "The Waltons" in 1972 to 1981. Kami did appear in two other series called "Me and the Chimp" and "The Heist " in 1972. Kami gave up acting, but has returned to appear in the Walton TV movies. She is married to Kim Howrd, has a boy named Cotton and had her second child, a girl in April of this year. Kami is a teacher now and lives in Virginia.
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I am unsure
as to what
on Kent Williams
as Santa Claus
Awards for The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, (1971) (TV)
Good night Ma
Good night John Boy
Good night Jason
Good night Mary Ellen
Good night Ben
Good night Erin
Good night Jim Bob
Good night Elizabeth
Good night Grandma and Grandpa