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Ralph Waite

Born( 1928-06-22 ) June 22, 1928 White Plains, New York , U.S.
DiedFebruary 13, 2014 (2014-02-13) (aged 85) Palm Desert, California , U.S.
Resting placeWhite Plains Rural Cemetery
Alma materBucknell University and Yale Divinity School
OccupationActor, political activist
Years active1954-2014
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s), Beverly Waite ( m. 1951; div. 1966) , Kerry Shear Waite ( m. 1977; div. 1981) , Linda East ( m. after 1982)
Children3
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/ branchUnited States Marine Corps

Next year mark 40 years since the once hugely popular series Waltons went off air. As patriarch of the Walton Family, we take a closer look at RALPH WAITE's life and career-which take surprising turns. John Walton Sr. Stood At head Of Family that entertain viewers For ten Years. The series ran from 1971 until 1981, and it served as RALPH WAITE's springboard into stardom down his new career path. WAITE would have turned 92 on June 22 had he not passed in February 2014 in Palm Desert, California from natural causes. But long life live fully until the end. Soap fans will remember seeing WAITE in his recurring role as Rev. Norman Balthus in Days Of Our Lives, while he continues his fatherly type roles in other series such as Bones, and NCIS. WAITE became known for his paternal roles and being cast as the Man Of Church was quite befitting. WAITE, who earned an Emmy nomination for his role in Waltons, kicks off adulthood with the Bachelor Of Divinity degree he earned following three years of studying at Yale. WAITE had graduated from Bucknell University before that and armed with his new qualifications, WAITE became minister at United Church Of Christ in Garden City, Long Island. With stints as social worker in between, WAITE also became associate editor and publicity director at Harper & Row. A United States Marine Corps veteran, WAITE became active in politics as well and directed his attention to the betterment of people of color by picketing for the National Association For Advancement Of Colored People. It wasn't until the age of 32 that WAITE tried his hand at acting for first time. By then, WAITE had married his first wife, Beverly Hall, with whom he had three children. The couple tied knot in 1951, and they had already split by the time he moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 38 in 1966 to pursue an acting career. During his time on Waltons, WAITE married his second wife, Kerry Shear, and the couple's marriage ended the same year popular series Do, in 1981. The following year, he married Linda East, and the couple stayed together until his death six years ago. WAITE found Los Angeles Actor Theater, and interestingly enough, WAITE appeared in every single episode Of Waltons, until its final season. In total, popular series aired a whopping 213 episodes back in Day. The family always had a specific way they sat around the dinner table on show, and it was only years later that Actor Richard Thomas, who Play role of John-Boy, dished on details behind their seating arrangements. Fans of the show would remember that it follows Lives Of Family Living in Virginia during World War II and the Great Depression.

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Early life

Waite, eldest of five children, was born in White Plains, New York on June 22 1928, to Ralph H. Waite, construction engineer, and Esther Waite. Too young for World War II, Waite served in the US Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948, then graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He worked briefly as a social worker. Waite earned a master's degree from Yale University Divinity School and was ordain Presbyterian Minister and religious editor at Harper & Row, New York City before deciding on an acting career. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer Theater program during the 1963 season. Waite made his Broadway debut in Blues for Mister Charlie, and would work on and Off-Broadway steadily throughout the 1960s.

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Film work

Ralph Waite was an American actor and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. In Waltons, which he occasionally direct. He also had a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Waite has had supporting roles in movies like Five Easy Pieces, Grissom Gang, Bodyguard, and Cliffhanger. His film work includes roles in Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces, Lawman, Grissom Gang, Chato's Land and Stone Killer. His later films include Bodyguard, part of Frank helicopter pilot in the 1993 film Cliffhanger and as the mysterious Time Traveller in the 2002 Science Fiction Historical Drama film Timequest. He also voiced Shadow in Homeward Bound II.

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Later stage work

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

Ralph Waite, multifaceted actor who become etch in television history as the craggy-face, big-hearted patriarch of the rustic Depression-era clan in the popular 1970s dramatic series Waltons, died on Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 85. His death was confirmed by Susan Zachary, his agent, who said the cause had not been determine. Mr. Waite was a respected New York stage actor when he was offered role in Waltons, and at first he was not enthusiastic about it. But his agent, he recall, advised him to take part so that he could pick up a couple of bucks in Hollywood and go back to New York. Waltons made its debut on CBS in September 1972 against two already popular shows: Flip Wilsons ' irreverent comedy-variety show on NBC and, on ABC, Mod Squad, drama about young undercover police officers. What some saw as a cornball newcomer was expected to be bury, but within two seasons it had driven its competitors off air. The success of Waltons owes much to actors and the characters they play, Members of a homespun rural family use to surmounting challenges through old-fashion virtues. Foremost was John Jr., Known as John-Boy, oldest of seven children. Play by Richard Thomas, he was a serious young man with a passion to be a writer. As an actor, he ranged from Shakespeare to Beckett and from Broadway to soap operas, most notably as Father Matt in Days of Our Lives. One of his two Emmy nominations was for playing Slater, first mate of the slave ship, in the 1977 mini-series Roots, a glaring contrast to broad-mind John Walton. The other was for Waltons. He had small parts in movies like Cool Hand Luke, with Paul Newman, and Five Easy Pieces, with Jack Nicholson. He appears on television on Murder One, as a clergyman on HBO series Carnivale and as Jackson Gibbs, father of Mark Harmons character, on NCIS. He directed 16 episodes of Waltons. Mr. Waite started Los Angeles Actors Theater, experimental company, and spent more than 1 million of his own money on a failed 1980 movie about skid-Row types. Film, on Nickel, which he write, produce, directed and stars in, appear in just a few theaters. Ralph Harold Waite was born in White Plains on June 22 1928, oldest of five children, and grew up in a very secular, nonartistic environment, he told People magazine in 1977. I was never taken to plays or concerts or church, he say. Yet I was a show-Off, dreamer, storyteller. After high school, he joined the Marines, serving from 1946 to 1948, and attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., Where he met Beverly Hall, whom he married in 1951. She encouraged him to go into social work, which he did in Westchester County after graduating in 1952.

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Personal life

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

Waite, eldest of five children, was born in White Plains, New York on June 22 1928, to Ralph H. Waite, construction engineer, and Esther Waite. Too young for World War II, Waite served in the US Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948, then graduated from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He worked briefly as a social worker. Waite earned a master's degree from Yale University Divinity School and was ordain Presbyterian minister and religious editor at Harper & Row, New York before deciding on an acting career. He was a member of the Peninsula Players summer theater program during the 1963 season. Waite made his Broadway debut in Blues for Mister Charlie, and would work on and off-Broadway steadily throughout the 1960s.

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Death

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presby terian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome US television drama Waltons. For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr he was a quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia. Virginia hillfolk operate sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy, character who eventually realise his literary ambitions by having his first novel publish. Waite's good night, John-Boy closing line was a catchphrase for millions of fans of Waltons around world. The actor himself directed 16 episodes. The run ends with John selling the mill to his entrepreneurial son Ben and moving with Olivia to Arizona, where she can recover from tuberculosis. The series was followed by six television specials-three in 1982, Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, Walton Wedding and Walton Easter. Waite's character was voted third in the 2004 TV Guide poll of 50 greatest TV dads of all time. President George Bush Sr wished in 1992 that American families could be a lot more like the Waltons, and a lot less like the Simpsons. Waite was born in White Plains, New York, son of a construction engineer. He describes himself as a show-off, dreamer, storyteller who was never take to play or concert as a child. He served in the US Marine Corps and graduated from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, in 1952, before working briefly as a social worker in Westchester County, New York. After gaining a master's degree from Yale University Divinity School, Waite became minister with United Church of Christ on Fisher Island and in Garden City, New York. Dissatisfy with what he saw as hypocrisy in the Church, he left to become publicity director and assistant editor of religious books at Harper & Row. Switching to acting on the suggestion of a friend, as his marriage went downhill and his drinking increase, he trained with Lee Strasberg at Actors Studio and made his professional debut as chief of police in the 1960 New York production, Balcony. Broadway plays follow, including Blues for Mister Charlie, which Waite and the cast reprised at Aldwych theatre in London in 1966. After his first film appearance, alongside Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, Waite appeared in dozens of big-and small-screen roles. He plays Slater, slave ship's sadistic third mate, in the television mini-series Roots. He sobers up after realising that his life was at odds with the caring father figure he portrays in Waltons.

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Filmography

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

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What happened to Ralph Waite?

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

Families come in many forms. At the heart of each, members generally want to share love, respect, and support between one another. Good humor uplifts spirits during trying times, and a cool head keeps perspective when things go awry. Maybe that is why former President George H. W. Bush once say, We are going to keep on trying to strengthen the American family, to make American families a lot more like Waltons and a lot less like Simpsons. Representing this iconic family was a powerful cast that included names worth keeping track of. Here, spotlight focuses on Ralph Waite, known as John Walton Sr. Ralph Waite takes a bit of time figuring out just where he wanted to go in life. His father provided mathematical, scientific exposure as an engineer. As Waite grew up, he intended to fight in World War II, but he was too young; he turned 18 by the time War end. However, he served in the Marine Corps for two years. After, he even became ordained Presbyterian minister. However, he finally decided to pursue acting, which he began through summer theater in 1963. Shortly after deciding to become an actor, Ralph Waite really became one. His film credits include Bodyguard and Cliffhanger, both in supporting roles. He still makes ripples in the theater world, though, creating the role of Will Kidder for Young Man from Atlanta. This drama went on to win a Pulitzer Prize. In Waltons, he plays the family's patriarch. John Walton Sr. Provide something of an example for everyone to aspire to: he exhibits good work ethic, unflinching bravery, and reliable nature at work and home. For his work as Walton's patriarch, Waite received an Emmy nomination in 1978. That wasnt the only acknowledgment he receive: Waite made an impression among his castmates. Castmate Michael Learn, who plays his TV wife, calls him a good, honest actor and good honest man. Wait years active span decades, from 1954 to 2014. But he does not just stick to acting, though some of his family do. But along the way, Waite also made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. First, he challenged incumbent GOP member Al McCandless. He also ran in a special election to fill seat left by passing of politician. However, he twice lost to politicians ' widow. Thrice he lost political office bids and thrice hes been marry. Two of those marriages ended in divorce. He was married to Beverly Waite, Kerry Shear Waite, and Linda East, whom he married sometime after 1982. During his active years, Waite once again became an iconic father, this time in NCIS. There, he played the father of series lead Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by another star of his time, Mark Harmon. However, viewers of the series had to contend with the sudden absence of Gibbs ' father when Ralph Waite passed away. He died on February 13 2014, midday on Thursday at his home in the South Palm Desert.

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Passing of a star

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

During his active years, Waite once again became an iconic father, this time in NCIS. There, he played the father of series lead Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by another star of his time, Mark Harmon. However, viewers of the series had to contend with the sudden absence of Gibbs ' father when Ralph Waite passed away. He died on February 13 2014, midday on Thursday at his home in the South Palm Desert. His presence and impact endure both through the impression he leaves on castmates and his contributions to filming. As a recovering alcoholic and former social worker, he channels his experiences into a project that would capture some of the emotions these bring.

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Career

Electoral history

YearOfficeDemocratVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct
1990U.S House of Representatives District 37Jeffrey Jacobs 29% Ralph Waite 71%103,96144.8%Bud Mathewson 27% Al McCandless 73%115,46949.8%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 44 (special election)Ralph Waite24,22828.8%Mary Bono53,75564%
1998U.S House of Representatives District 39 (general election)Ralph Waite57,69735.7%Mary Bono97,01360.1%

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