Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite was born on 1928-06-22 at White Plains, New York, United States. His net worth is $2 Million. He is American born Actor. He has been seen in movies The Waltons, NCIS, Cool Hand Luke, Carnivàle, The Bodyguard, Cliffhanger, On the Nickel, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, Lawman, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, The Grissom Gang.

Facts of Ralph Waite

Full NameRalph Waite
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1928
Age92 years 5 months
Place Of BirthWhite Plains, New York, United States
EducationBucknell University, Yale Divinity School
SpouseLinda East (m. 1982–2014), Kerry Shear Waite (m. 1977–1981), Beverly Waite (m. 1951–1966)
ParentsRalph H. Waite, Esther Mitchell
AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Waltons (1971) For playing: "John Walton, Sr."., Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series Roots (1977) For playing "Third mate Slater".
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series
MoviesThe Waltons, NCIS, Cool Hand Luke, Carnivàle, The Bodyguard, Cliffhanger, On the Nickel, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, Lawman, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, The Grissom Gang
TV ShowsCarnivàle, The Mississippi, The Waltons, NCIS, Roots
IMDBRalph Waite IMDB

Quotes of Ralph Waite

1I'm not any more moral than my neighbors.
2I was never taken to a play or concert or church. Yet I was a show-off, a dreamer, a storyteller.
3I have vanity and greed enough for one person. But at the same time, I feel in my bones you lose a lot of life's value if you don't see yourself as a member of the family of man.
4The beauty of life is in people who feel some obligation to enhance life. Without that, we're only half alive.
5'The Waltons' was profoundly important after years of wandering around. I was 44 and cut off from family and friends. It nurtured me back to a sense of family and who I am. It was a transforming experience.
6You only mature when you face problems you can't deal with.
7Just as theater has to be where people live, actors have to go out in the marketplace - not be cut off by a lens. Either an artist grows or he stagnates.

Quick Facts of Ralph Waite

1Father of Sharon, Kathleen and Suzanne.
2Began The Waltons (1971) at age 44.
3Acting mentor and friends of Richard Thomas and Mary McDonough.
4Did not want to play the lead role in The Waltons (1971) series, because he didn't want to be committed in doing a long-running TV series, but Earl Hamner Jr. encouraged him to do so.
5Graduated from White Plains High School in White Plains, New York, in 1946.
6Friends with: Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Joe Conley, Ronnie Claire Edwards, Noble Willingham, Wilford Brimley, William Schallert, Mary Jackson, Jack Warden, Edward Asner, Earl Hamner Jr., Harry Harris, Larry Hagman, Hal Williams, Nora Marlowe, Mark Harmon, David McCallum, Dinah Shore, John Ritter, Mariclare Costello, Lewis Arquette, Lynn Hamilton, Pearl Shear, John Aniston, and E.G. Marshall.
7Best remembered by the public for his starring role as John Walton Sr. on The Waltons (1971).
8Ralph Waite passed away on February 13, 2014, at age 85, and within five months of three other legends, also born in 1928, aged 85 or 86: Shirley Temple, James Garner and Maya Angelou. The Last of Whom he co-starred in the first episode of Roots (1977).
9He was physically healthy and active until contracting pneumonia, which caused his death at age 85.
10His grandson Jackson Waite is a successful producer.
11Classmate of former news editor Milt Hoffman.
12Was a staunch Democrat.
13In 2008, veteran actor James Garner was planning to come out of retirement from on camera roles when he was cast in NCIS (2003), but having a stroke soon after being cast, prevented him from doing it. The role was ultimately given to Waite, who was also born in 1928, but whose health was holding up rather better at that time. In the end, Waite passed away five months before Garner.
14Is almost 3 months younger than James Garner. He guest-starred with him on an episode of Nichols (1971), and died 5 months before him.
15When Waite's class had a 40th reunion in 1986, but he was starring in a play in New Haven. Unable to attend the main reunion dinner, he showed up for a brunch the following day.
16His former mother-in-law, Pearl Shear, died in 2009 and lived to be age 91. Shear guest-starred on The Waltons (1971) with him.
17Until his death, he resided in Palm Desert, California.
18Served in the United Marine Corps for 2 years.
19His eldest daughter, Sharon Waite, died of leukemia when she was 9 years old in 1964.
20Met his first wife, Beverly Hall, in college. She inspired him to go into social work in New York's Westchester County.
21He was an active member of Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Fellowship in Palm Desert, California.
22His father, Ralph H. Waite, was a construction engineer, and his mother, Esther (née Mitchell) Waite, was a housewife.
23Graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work, and a Master's Degree from Yale University Divinity School.
24Became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ.
25Before he was a successful actor and a political activist, he was a bartender.
26His problems with alcohol began when his 9-year-old daughter, Sharon, passed away.
27Met his second wife, Kerry Shear Waite, when she showed up as a volunteer stage manager/actress at the Los Angeles Actors Theatre.
28Was a longtime volunteer and board member of the ABC Alcohol and Recovery Center in Indio, California, serving for years as president.
29Just before his death, he attended the book signing of his ex-The Waltons (1971) co-star, Mary McDonough, in Los Angeles, California.
30Before he was a successful actor, ordained minister and political activist, he was also a social worker.
31Acting ran in his family.
32Was named after his father.
33Didn't start acting until he was age 32.
34Founder of the Los Angeles Actors Theater, which he financed in large part by himself.
35Up until the ninth and final season, Waite had appeared in each and every episode of The Waltons (1971).
36Had conducted a memorial service for his aunt, Grace Haviland Waite, at the Quaker Meeting House in Purchase, New York, in 1989.
37Made his Broadway debut in Blues for Mister Charlie.
38Founder of the popular eatery Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe in Cathedral City, California.
39Survived by his wife, one child, one stepson, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
40Upon his death, he was cremated. His remains were buried at the White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York.
41Longtime friend of Hal Williams.
42In On the Nickel (1980), Waite played a recovering alcoholic, in real-life, he was also a former alcoholic.
43Between Norman Lloyd, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White and Larry Hagman, Waite was one of the stars in Hollywood never to retire.
44After his divorce, at age 38, he moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1966, to pursue a career in acting. His two daughters stayed with his ex-wife in New York.
45He also became active in politics, picketing for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
46Before he was a successful actor, ordained minister and political activist, he was the religious editor for book publisher Harper & Row.
47Served in the United States Marine Corps.
48The eldest of five children.
49Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 5 times.
50Once owned a house in Rancho Mirage, California.
51Executive Producer of Ralph Waite Productions from 1983 to 1984.
52Ralph Waite passed away on February 13, 2014. Just before his death, his final role was on Days of Our Lives (1965).
53Did not attend the funeral of Ellen Corby, when the actress passed away in 1999.
54Ex-son-in-law of Pearl Shear.
55Grandfather of Jackson Waite and Charlie Ray.
56Stepgrandfather of two boys, by stepson Liam Waite, Tristan River Waite, born October 12, 1998, and Asher Sky Waite, born September 2001. The mother of both boys was Liam's then fiancée Natasha Henstridge.
57Stepfather of Liam Waite.
58John Walton Sr., Waite's character on The Waltons (1971), was ranked #3 by TV Guide in its list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
59First ran for congress in 1990, as the Democratic nominee, only to lose against incumbent Representative Al McCandless (R).
60Unsuccessfully ran for Congress in California to fill the unexpired term of the late Sonny Bono, achieving the Democratic nomination, then defeated by Mary Bono (Sonny's widow), April 7, 1998.

Trademarks of Ralph Waite

1The role of John Walton Sr. on _"The Waltons" (1972)_.
2Deep grouchy voice
3Father roles post The Waltons as having been widowers.
4Playing fathers of families/children, and fathers of the church,

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