Most know Richard Thomas as John-Boy from the 1970s historical drama, The Waltons. The series followed a large family living in Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II.
While making a name for himself after starring on The Waltons, he married Alma Gonzales. The two met while he was filming the hit TV show, and they got married in 1975. The following year they had their first child together, a son Richard Francisco.
Several years later the couple were expecting again, and this time they were expecting twins or so they thought.
But three weeks before her due date, while Thomas was finishing a seven-month run in the play Fifth of July, he received a call from his wife. Her doctor had found a third heartbeat.
“There are three of them. They’re coming out tomorrow, so get here.”
He told his stage manager and then flew home to be with his wife as she gave birth to their children.
Barbara, Gwyneth, and Pilar were born the following day.
Suddenly their family of three jumped to a family of six.