Ralph Waite Net Worth

Ralph Waite Net Worth is
$2 Million

Ralph Waite Biography

Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948, after that graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Among Ralph Waite’s stepsons, Liam Waite, can be an actor. Marine Corps. Ralph Waite is mainly known for his appearances as John Walton, Sr. Waite, a building engineer, and Esther (née Mitchell) Waite. As well young for World Battle II, Waite offered in the U.S.$2 Million: Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor, tone of voice artist, and political activist, most widely known for his part while John Walton, Sr. He worked well briefly as a sociable worker. Waite gained a master’s level from Yale University Divinity College and was an ordained Presbyterian minister and spiritual editor at Harper & Row, NEW YORK before making a decision on an acting profession. He was an associate of the Peninsula Players summer season theater program through the 1963 season. Furthermore to his stage appearances, Ralph Waite made an appearance in some films, such as for example “The Stone Killer”, “Great Hand Luke”, “Chato’s Property”, “Five Easy Items”, “The Grissom Gang” and “Lawman”. Waite made an appearance in a number of films and tv series, such as for example Five Easy Items, The Magnificent Seven Trip, Roots, Bonanza, NCIS, Times of Our Lives, and Bones, amongst others. A global known Actor Ralph Waite born on Fri, June 22, 1928

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Quick Facts

Full NameRalph Waite
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJune 22, 1928
DiedFebruary 13, 2014, Palm Desert, California, United States
ProfessionPolitician, Social Worker, Minister, Actor, Television Director
EducationBucknell University, Yale Divinity School
SpouseLinda East, Kerry Shear Waite, Beverly Waite
ParentsRalph H. Waite, Esther Mitchell
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 Bodyguard, Cool Hand Luke, Cliffhanger, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, Letters to God, On the Nickel, Chato's Land, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, The Magnificent Seven Ride, Trouble Man, The Stone Killer, Lawman, Ace Ventura, Jr.: Pet Detective, Sunshine State, The Grissom Gang, Kid Blue, The President's Man, A Lovely Way to Die, Sparks: The Price of Passion, Crash and Burn, 25 Hill, Sioux City, Girls on the Road, Five Easy Pieces, OHMS, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirational Stories Honoring Family
TV ShowsCarnivàle, The Mississippi, The Waltons, NCIS, Roots

Interesting Facts

1 Father of Sharon, Kathleen and Suzanne.
2 Began The Waltons (1971) at age 44.
3 Acting mentor and friends of Richard Thomas and Mary McDonough.
4 Did 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.
5 Graduated from White Plains High School in White Plains, New York, in 1946.
6 Friends 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.
7 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as John Walton Sr. on The Waltons (1971).
8 Ralph 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).
9 He was physically healthy and active until contracting pneumonia, which caused his death at age 85.
10 His grandson Jackson Waite is a successful producer.
11 Classmate of former news editor Milt Hoffman.
12 Was a staunch Democrat.
13 In 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.
14 Is almost 3 months younger than James Garner. He guest-starred with him on an episode of Nichols (1971), and died 5 months before him.
15 When 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.
16 His former mother-in-law, Pearl Shear, died in 2009 and lived to be age 91. Shear guest-starred on The Waltons (1971) with him.
17 Until his death, he resided in Palm Desert, California.
18 Served in the United Marine Corps for 2 years.
19 His eldest daughter, Sharon Waite, died of leukemia when she was 9 years old in 1964.
20 Met his first wife, Beverly Hall, in college. She inspired him to go into social work in New York's Westchester County.
21 He was an active member of Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Fellowship in Palm Desert, California.
22 His father, Ralph H. Waite, was a construction engineer, and his mother, Esther (née Mitchell) Waite, was a housewife.
23 Graduated 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.
24 Became an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ.
25 Before he was a successful actor and a political activist, he was a bartender.
26 His problems with alcohol began when his 9-year-old daughter, Sharon, passed away.
27 Met his second wife, Kerry Shear Waite, when she showed up as a volunteer stage manager/actress at the Los Angeles Actors Theatre.
28 Was a longtime volunteer and board member of the ABC Alcohol and Recovery Center in Indio, California, serving for years as president.
29 Just before his death, he attended the book signing of his ex-The Waltons (1971) co-star, Mary McDonough, in Los Angeles, California.
30 Before he was a successful actor, ordained minister and political activist, he was also a social worker.
31 Acting ran in his family.
32 Was named after his father.
33 Didn't start acting until he was age 32.
34 Founder of the Los Angeles Actors Theater, which he financed in large part by himself.
35 Up until the ninth and final season, Waite had appeared in each and every episode of The Waltons (1971).
36 Had conducted a memorial service for his aunt, Grace Haviland Waite, at the Quaker Meeting House in Purchase, New York, in 1989.
37 Made his Broadway debut in Blues for Mister Charlie.
38 Founder of the popular eatery Don and Sweet Sue's Cafe in Cathedral City, California.
39 Survived by his wife, one child, one stepson, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
40 Upon his death, he was cremated. His remains were buried at the White Plains Rural Cemetery, White Plains, Westchester County, New York.
41 Longtime friend of Hal Williams.
42 In On the Nickel (1980), Waite played a recovering alcoholic, in real-life, he was also a former alcoholic.
43 Between 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.
44 After 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.
45 He also became active in politics, picketing for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
46 Before he was a successful actor, ordained minister and political activist, he was the religious editor for book publisher Harper & Row.
47 Served in the United States Marine Corps.
48 The eldest of five children.
49 Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide 5 times.
50 Once owned a house in Rancho Mirage, California.
51 Executive Producer of Ralph Waite Productions from 1983 to 1984.
52 Ralph Waite passed away on February 13, 2014. Just before his death, his final role was on Days of Our Lives (1965).
53 Did not attend the funeral of Ellen Corby, when the actress passed away in 1999.
54 Ex-son-in-law of Pearl Shear.
55 Grandfather of Jackson Waite and Charlie Ray.
56 Stepgrandfather 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.
57 Stepfather of Liam Waite.
58 John 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].
59 First ran for congress in 1990, as the Democratic nominee, only to lose against incumbent Representative Al McCandless (R).
60 Unsuccessfully 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.


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


1 I'm not any more moral than my neighbors.
2 I was never taken to a play or concert or church. Yet I was a show-off, a dreamer, a storyteller.
3 I 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.
4 The 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.
6 You only mature when you face problems you can't deal with.
7 Just 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.


All Ralph Waite pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Special Mention Taormina International Film Festival On the Nickel (1980)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 Golden Charybdis Taormina International Film Festival On the Nickel (1980)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Waltons (1971)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series Roots (1977)



CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2008 TV Series Sheriff Montgomery
Generation Gap 2008 TV Movie Chick
The Cleaner 2008 TV Series Jonus Mullins
Cane 2007 TV Series Father Mike
Cold Case 2007 TV Series Felton Metz '07
Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses 2007 TV Movie Jacob Brawley
Carnivàle 2003-2005 TV Series Reverend Norman Balthus
Silver City 2004 Casey Lyle
The Practice 2004 TV Series Walter Josephson
Blessings 2003 TV Movie Sheriff
Sunshine State 2002 Furman Temple
Spirit 2001 TV Movie Jacob
All My Children 2001 TV Series Bart
Timequest 2000 The Time Traveler
The President's Man 2000 TV Movie President Mathews
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 TV Series Dad
Rocket Power 1999 TV Series Doc Freimouth
The Outer Limits 1999 TV Series Gene Morton
The Third Twin 1997 TV Movie Senator Proust
A Walton Easter 1997 TV Movie John Walton
Orleans 1997 TV Series Otis Leblanc
Murder One 1996 TV Series Malcolm Dietrich
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco 1996 Shadow (voice)
A Walton Wedding 1995 TV Movie John Walton
A Season of Hope 1995 TV Movie Sam Hackett
Keys 1994 TV Movie Dr. C.J. Halligan
Sioux City 1994 Drew McDermott
Sin & Redemption 1994 TV Movie Cal Simms
Time Trax 1994 TV Series Lamont Carson
A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion 1993 TV Movie John Walton
Cliffhanger 1993 Frank
The Bodyguard 1992 Herb Farmer
Crash and Burn 1990 Video Lathan Hooks
Shannon's Deal 1990 TV Series Harry
Sparks: The Price of Passion 1990 TV Movie Orville Lemon
Murder, She Wrote 1989 TV Series D.A. Paul Robbins
Red Earth, White Earth 1989 TV Movie Martin
The River Pirates 1988 Narrator
Crime of Innocence 1985 TV Movie Frank Hayward
Growing Pains 1984 TV Movie Rob
The Mississippi 1983-1984 TV Series Ben Walker
A Good Sport 1984 TV Movie Tommy O'Bannon
A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain 1982 TV Movie John Walton
Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain 1982 TV Movie John Walton
A Wedding on Walton's Mountain 1982 TV Movie John Walton
The Gentleman Bandit 1981 TV Movie Father Bernard Pagano
The Waltons 1972-1981 TV Series John Walton, Sr.
Angel City 1980 TV Movie Jared Teeter
The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons 1980 TV Movie John Walton, Sr. / Himself
On the Nickel 1980 C.G.
OHMS 1980 TV Movie Floyd Wing
Waiting for Godot 1977 TV Movie Pozzo
Red Alert 1977 TV Movie Henry Stone
Roots 1977 TV Mini-Series Slater
The Secret Life of John Chapman 1976 TV Movie John Chapman
The Thanksgiving Story 1973 TV Movie
The Stone Killer 1973 Detective Mathews
Kid Blue 1973 Drummer
Trouble Man 1972 Pete Cockrell
The Magnificent Seven Ride! 1972 Jim Mackay
Girls on the Road 1972 John
Chato's Land 1972 Elias Hooker
Nichols 1971 TV Series Sam Burton
The Grissom Gang 1971 Mace
Lawman 1971 Jack Dekker
The Sporting Club 1971 Olson
The Pursuit of Happiness 1971 Detective Cromie
Five Easy Pieces 1970 Carl Fidelio Dupea
Bonanza 1970 TV Series Hoby Miles
Last Summer 1969 Peter's Father (uncredited)
N.Y.P.D. 1967-1968 TV Series Robert Stryker
A Lovely Way to Die 1968 Sean Magruder
The Desperate Hours 1967 TV Movie Lt. Fredericks
Cool Hand Luke 1967 Alibi
The Borgia Stick 1967 TV Movie Man from Toledo
Hawk 1966 TV Series Chauffeur
Look Up and Live 1954 TV Series Host
Days of Our Lives 2009-2014 TV Series Father Matt Father Watt
NCIS 2008-2013 TV Series Jackson Gibbs
Bones 2009-2013 TV Series Hank Booth
Old Henry 2013 TV Short Henry
Gabe the Cupid Dog 2012 R.L. Dutton
25 Hill 2011 Ed
Off the Map 2011 TV Series Abuelito
Letters to God 2010 Cornelius Perryfield
Grey's Anatomy 2009 TV Series Irving Waller
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. 2009 TV Movie Grandpa Ventura


The Mississippi 1983 TV Series 1 episode
On the Nickel 1980
The Waltons 1973-1980 TV Series 16 episodes


The Waltons 1974-1978 TV Series performer - 2 episodes


On the Nickel 1980


A Good Sport 1984 TV Movie executive producer


NCIS 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Edición Especial Coleccionista 2014 TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' 2008 Video documentary short special thanks


NCIS - Season 10: X Marks the Spot: A Look at Season X 2013 Video short Himself
A Walton's Family Reunion 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor
A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making 'Cool Hand Luke' 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The West 1996 TV Series documentary
Wild by Law 1991 Documentary Aldo Leopold (voice)
Reading Rainbow 1987 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Himself
CBS: On the Air 1978 TV Mini-Series documentary
CBS Galaxy 1977 TV Special Himself - Guest
Dinah! 1975-1977 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1976 TV Series Himself - Actor

Archive Footage

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
NCIS 2014 TV Series Jackson Gibbs

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