In Loving Memory of Earl Hamner

July 10, 1923 - March 24, 2016
 

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  The Walton actor David Harper interviewed by Dagmar

 

David dressed with an original shirt of his father, actor Paul Harper, who has worn this shirt in one of his movies.

 

David Harper is a very private person and about his private life nothing is known. I was more than pleased when he promised me an interview for our website. Before the Walton reunion in Lynchburg we mailed him our questions and at the reunion David then suggested even a video interview which had not taken place because of lack of time. At the end of this weekend David and I felt both so tired that we had no more energy for an interview late in the night. So we agreed that he would send us the answers. And here they are:
 
Dagmar
After the filming of "A Walton Easter" in 1997 have you ever been in front of a  camera for another movie or TV show ?
 
David
No
 
Dagmar
Could you identify yourself with the role as Jim-Bob?
 
David
Yes, I portrayed Jim-Bob as myself.
 
Dagmar
Did you ever wish to be a part of the Walton family (if this family would be real) when you have been a child (portraying Jim-Bob) ?
 
David
No not really, although the Waltons was a second family to me.

Dagmar
Jim-Bob was very enthusiastic about technology. What is your hobby or passion?

David
My hobbys include Music, History ( American Cicil War ) and Sumerian History, Wargaming, Jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, reading, writing. My passion is my Relationsship with my Heavenly Father.

Dagmar
Do you have all the DVD´s of THE WALTONS at home ?
 
David
No.

Dagmar
Would you like to work again as an actor ?
 
David
Maybe.

Dagmar
Does it make fun for you to appear in several events with the other cast members (eg Mary's book signing or INSP?) Do you have regular contact with the other cast members and if so with whom ?
 
David
Not really as I am a private person. I do enjoy meeting fans of the Waltons. I have semi-regular contact with my Walton brothers and sisters.

Dagmar
How was it for you to appear in the German TV show in 2004? We were very disappointed by the short appearance in the TV show of Stefan Raab! Maybe we expected too much. Did you had the possibility to see a lot of Germany then ?

David
It was great ! I love Germany  !  I hope to visit again. I am in the process of learning to speak German and hope I can make some German friends. ( I know two Dagmars and a Manfred).

Dagmar
Do you have any plans to visit Germany again?

David
Yes, absolutely.

Dagmar
Mary McDonough has just published her book "Lessons from the Mountains, what I learned from Erin Walton" . When will you write a book?

David
Hopefully in the next couple of years. I have started writing the beginning.

Dagmar
I have heard you are working as an art dealer? Is this right ? If so, which kind of art do you deal / sell ?
 
David
No, that is another David Harper, but I do love good art.

Dagmar
Please, describe a regular day in the life of David Harper ?

David
Everyday is different but I try to start every day giving thanks to God.

Dagmar
Do you have brothers or sisters ?
 
David
I have a sister Michelle who lives in Arizona.

Dagmar
We started our website in October 2009 and the Jim-Bob page is the most visited page on our website. In our survey for the favorite actors you're ranked second after Grandfather. Are you proud about it ?
 
David
I am humbled by it.

Dagmar
My last question is more a statement than a question:

After a long period of privacy in which you took care for your ill father, actor Paul Harper until his death, you finally had a public appearance on television for the TV station INSP in 2010.

In October of 2011, many fans could enjoy an entire weekend with you in Virginia. People have been very pleased to meet you and showed much sympathy for you. For Manfred and me it seemed you were finally returned to your fans.

It was an unforgettable experience for us and I am sure I speak for many other fans when I use this opportunity to say Thank You again that you have given us the chance to meet you.

David
Dear Dagmar and Manfred. I love you and I am glad we are friends. Take care, David.


David, thank you so much for this interview. We really appreciate it.

Dagmar, David and Manfred in October 2011 in Lynchburg, Virginia

   

  
       

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