How did the grandfather die on The Waltons?
But production faced the difficult decision of killing off Geer’s Grandpa after the actor passed away off-screen. Geer died after Season Six from respiratory failure. The first episode of Season Seven reflected Geer’s real-life passing. Geer’s character experienced a second heart attack while planting.
Why did Olivia leave The Waltons?
Her character’s abrupt disappearance was explained by Olivia developing tuberculosis and entering a sanatorium in Arizona. She made occasional guest appearances until the show’s cancelation and later appeared in four of the six Waltons reunion movies made during the 1980s and 1990s.
How was Grandpa written out of The Waltons?
In April of 1978, as The Waltons was in its sixth season, Will Geer died at the age of 76. His family sang Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” at his funeral. His fictional family dealt with the death, as well, as the passing of Grandpa Walton was written into the season seven opener, “The Empty Nest.”