Waltons creator Earl Hamner dies at 92
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.