From John-Boy Walton to Atticus Finch: Richard Thomas talks ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

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The Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Richard Thomas — like millions of others — read Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” as a student. “Probably early high school,” the acclaimed actor recalls. “I loved the book.” Yet, then he did something that a lot of people don’t: He read the book again as an adult. Of course, Thomas had a good reason to do so, since he’d just been cast to play the character Atticus Finch in the touring production of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which opens to the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco on Sept. 13. “When I was invited to do this tour, which I was very excited about, I read (the …

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