Ralph Waite
American actor
Ralph Waite
Ralph Waite is an American actor, whose most notable role was playing John Walton Sr. on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons, which he also occasionally directed. He is also known for his portrayal of the slave ship third mate Slater, in the mini-series Roots. In addition, he has appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series portraying a large variety of roles.
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"Waltons" patriarch Ralph Waite dead at 85
CBS News - about 3 years
For nine seasons, Ralph Waite played John Walton, the patriarch of a family struggling to survive the Great Depression. Waite died Thursday at the age of 85. James Brown reports.
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Ralph Waite, Patriarch in ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 85
NYTimes - about 3 years
An acting assignment to “pick up a couple of bucks” turned into a nine-year job for Mr. Waite on one of America’s most popular television series.     
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Ralph Waite dead at 85
Fox News - about 3 years
Famous TV dad passes away
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Ralph Waite, a TV father for the ages, passes away
USA Today - about 3 years
Waite played a memorable father on both 'The Waltons' and 'NCIS.'
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'The Waltons' Cast Reunites On 'GMA' (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The cast of "The Waltons" reunited and reminisced about the classic show with “Good Morning America” on Friday, more than three decades after the series ended in 1981. The cast discussed some of the show's memorable and controversial episodes, including episodes that dealt with segregation and book burning. But no episode was more emotional than when the Waltons' house burned down. ”We all stood out in the yard and watched the house burn and sobbed. There was no acting,” Norton Taylor remembered. Ralph Waite, who played John, Sr. on the show, said the show reminded him what it meant to be a father and a husband. He quit drinking just a few months after the show started. "Somehow by doing this part, it reawakened my need for, and my responsibility for my family and my children," Waite told INSP. “GMA” jumped into interview the cast while they were at a reunion photo shoot for Entertainment Weekly. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amu ...
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NCIS: Mark Harmon Replaced by Lando Calrissian?
Boom Tron - over 4 years
Season 10 of NCIS will be adding a little Star Wars flavor to it with the casting of Lando Calrissian himself, Billy Dee Williams. It’s always a joy to bring in a Star Wars alum for a guest role so long as they’re given a satisfying part to play. From the sounds of things, a more honorable part would be impossible for anyone to find for the great Billy Dee Williams. Can you believe he’s going to be playing Leroy Jethro? Right off the bat you should know I do not mean Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Mark Harmon is in no way in danger of having his starring role recast, though let’s be honest; if that were to happen you couldn’t ask for someone better than Billy Dee Williams. According to TV Guide, this new Leroy Jethro is a World War II veteran and a close friend of the Gibbs family. In fact, he is so close to them that they named Gibbs after Jethro. Executive producer Gary Glasberg told TV Guide “This is a very rich, emotional story and we couldn’t be happier to have Billy Dee Williams bringin ...
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DVD review: “NCIS: The Eighth Season” - NewsOK.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
William Devane guest stars as the grandfather with a shady background who gets involved with the investigation into his granddaughter's kidnapping; Bob Newhart plays the retired NCIS coroner who preceded Ducky; and Robert Wagner and Ralph Waite return
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'Bones' season 7 spoilers: A look at Booth's family - Gather.com
Google News - over 5 years
It's no secret that Booth didn't have a good childhood, and it was his grandfather, played by Ralph Waite, who helped him get through his teenage years. Will an upcoming Bones season 7 episode reveal more about his past? It was already revealed that an
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NCIS Scoop! An Abs-solute Surprise Is Among Season 9's Many Family Reunions - TVLine
Google News - over 5 years
“RJ [Robert] Wagner is coming back [as Tony's dad], Ralph Waite will come back [as Gibbs' father]…,” executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TVLine. “We're going to reopen the NCIS family album.” New entries in said scrapbook include Lily Tomlin
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Waite
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 85
    On February 13, 2014, Waite died peacefully in Palm Desert, California, of age-related illnesses at age 85.
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  • 1991
    Age 62
    On October 21, 1991, Waite introduced then-former California Governor Jerry Brown prior to the latter's speech announcing his candidacy for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.
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  • 1990
    Age 61
    Waite ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California as a Democrat on three occasions: In 1990, he challenged veteran GOP incumbent Al McCandless in the Riverside County-based 37th district, losing by five percentage points.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998, Waite ran in the special election for the then-Palm Springs-based 44th district left vacant by the death of incumbent Sonny Bono. He was defeated in that election by Mary Bono, Sonny's widow, and lost to her again that November.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1964
    Age 35
    Waite was married three times, two marriages ending in divorce. He had three daughters from his first marriage. His eldest daughter, Sharon Waite, died of leukemia when she was 9 years old in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Liam Waite, one of Waite's stepsons, is also an actor. After 50 years away from organized religion, Waite returned in 2010 and became an active member of Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Fellowship in Palm Desert, California.
  • 1963
    Age 34
    He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1963 season.
    More Details Hide Details Waite made his Broadway debut in Blues for Mister Charlie, and would work on and off-Broadway steadily throughout the 1960s. His film work included roles in Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces, Lawman, The Grissom Gang, Chato's Land and The Stone Killer. His later films included The Bodyguard, and the part of Frank the helicopter pilot in the 1993 film Cliffhanger. Waite scored a personal triumph when he created the role of Will Kidder in the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Young Man from Atlanta, by playwright Horton Foote, in 1995.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 17
    Too young for World War II, Waite served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948, then graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details He worked briefly as a social worker. Waite earned a master's degree from Yale University Divinity School and was an ordained Presbyterian minister and religious editor at Harper & Row, New York City before deciding on an acting career.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Waite, the eldest of five children, was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928, to Ralph H. Waite, a construction engineer, and Esther (née Mitchell) Waite.
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