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Ralph Waite (I) (1928–2014)


Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York on June 22, 1928. Educated at Bucknell University where he graduated with a BA degree, Waite existed rather aimlessly as a young adult while trying to find his way in the world. Occupations came and went, including social worker, religious editor for Harper & Row, and even Presbyterian minister after ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

The Waltons
The Waltons John Walton, Sr.
(1972-1981)
The Bodyguard
The Bodyguard Herb Farmer
(1992)
Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger Frank
(1993)
Cool Hand Luke
(1967)

Filmography

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 2009-2014 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
Father Matt / Father Watt
- Episode #1.12260 (2014) ... Father Matt
- Episode #1.12233 (2013) ... Father Matt
- Episode #1.12227 (2013) ... Father Matt
- Episode #1.12226 (2013) ... Father Matt
- Episode #1.12225 (2013) ... Father Matt
 2008-2013 NCIS (TV Series)
Jackson Gibbs
- Better Angels (2013) ... Jackson Gibbs
- The Namesake (2012) ... Jackson Gibbs
- Life Before His Eyes (2012) ... Jackson Gibbs
- Spider and the Fly (2010) ... Jackson Gibbs
- Rule Fifty-One (2010) ... Jackson Gibbs
 2009-2013 Bones (TV Series)
Hank Booth
- The Woman in White (2013) ... Hank Booth
- The Male in the Mail (2011) ... Hank Booth
- The Foot in the Foreclosure (2009) ... Hank Booth
 2013 Old Henry (TV Short)
Henry
 2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog
R.L. Dutton
 2011 25 Hill
Ed
 2011 Off the Map (TV Series)
Abuelito
- On the Mean Streets of San Miguel (2011) ... Abuelito
 2010 Letters to God
Cornelius Perryfield
 2009 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Irving Waller
- Tainted Obligation (2009) ... Irving Waller
 2009 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. (TV Movie)
Grandpa Ventura
 2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Sheriff Montgomery
- Young Man with a Horn (2008) ... Sheriff Montgomery
 2008 Generation Gap (TV Movie)
Chick
 2008 The Cleaner (TV Series)
Jonus Mullins
- Lie with Me (2008) ... Jonus Mullins
 2007 Cane (TV Series)
Father Mike
- The Perfect Son (2007) ... Father Mike
 2007 Cold Case (TV Series)
Felton Metz '07
- World's End (2007) ... Felton Metz '07
 2007 Murder 101: If Wishes Were Horses (TV Movie)
Jacob Brawley
 2003-2005 Carnivàle (TV Series)
Reverend Norman Balthus
- New Canaan, CA (2005) ... Reverend Norman Balthus
- Outside New Canaan (2005) ... Reverend Norman Balthus
- Cheyenne, WY (2005) ... Reverend Norman Balthus
- Lincoln Highway, UT (2005) ... Reverend Norman Balthus
- Outskirts, Damascus, NE (2005) ... Reverend Norman Balthus
 2004 Silver City
Casey Lyle
 2004 The Practice (TV Series)
Walter Josephson
- Avenging Angels (2004) ... Walter Josephson
 2003 Blessings (TV Movie)
Sheriff
 2002 Sunshine State
Furman Temple
 2001 Spirit (TV Movie)
Jacob
 2001 All My Children (TV Series)
Bart
- Episode #1.8064 (2001) ... Bart
 2000 Timequest
The Time Traveler
 2000 The President's Man (TV Movie)
President Mathews
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
Dad
- A Secret Promise Kept (1999) ... Dad
 1999 Rocket Power (TV Series)
Doc Freimouth
- Fall and Rise of Sam/Typhoid Sam (1999) ... Doc Freimouth (voice)
 1999 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Gene Morton
- Small Friends (1999) ... Gene Morton
 1997 The Third Twin (TV Movie)
Senator Proust
 1997 A Walton Easter (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1997 Orleans (TV Series)
Otis Leblanc
 1996 Murder One (TV Series)
Malcolm Dietrich
- Chapter Eight, Year Two (1996) ... Malcolm Dietrich
- Chapter Six, Year Two (1996) ... Malcolm Dietrich
- Chapter Five, Year Two (1996) ... Malcolm Dietrich
- Chapter Four, Year Two (1996) ... Malcolm Dietrich
- Chapter Three, Year Two (1996) ... Malcolm Dietrich
 1995 A Walton Wedding (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1995 A Season of Hope (TV Movie)
Sam Hackett
 1994 Keys (TV Movie)
Dr. C.J. Halligan
 1994 Sioux City
Drew McDermott
 1994 Sin & Redemption (TV Movie)
Cal Simms
 1994 Time Trax (TV Series)
Lamont Carson
- Missing (1994) ... Lamont Carson
 1993 A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1993 Cliffhanger
Frank
 1992 The Bodyguard
Herb Farmer
 1990 Crash and Burn (Video)
Lathan Hooks
 1990 Shannon's Deal (TV Series)
Harry
- Hitting Home (1990) ... Harry
 1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion (TV Movie)
Orville Lemon
 1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
D.A. Paul Robbins
- Alma Murder (1989) ... D.A. Paul Robbins
 1989 Red Earth, White Earth (TV Movie)
Martin
 1988 The River Pirates
Narrator
 1985 Crime of Innocence (TV Movie)
Frank Hayward
 1984 Growing Pains (TV Movie)
Rob
 1983-1984 The Mississippi (TV Series)
Ben Walker
- Home Again (1984) ... Ben Walker
- Abigail (1984) ... Ben Walker
- Informed Consent (1984) ... Ben Walker
- Wheels of Justice (1984) ... Ben Walker
- Going Back to Hannibal (1984) ... Ben Walker
 1984 A Good Sport (TV Movie)
Tommy O'Bannon
 1982 A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1982 Mother's Day on Waltons Mountain (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1982 A Wedding on Walton's Mountain (TV Movie)
John Walton
 1981 The Gentleman Bandit (TV Movie)
Father Bernard Pagano
 1972-1981 The Waltons (TV Series)
John Walton, Sr.
- The Move (1981) ... John Walton, Sr.
- The Last Ten Days (1981) ... John Walton, Sr.
- The Pursuit (1981) ... John Walton, Sr.
- The Premonition (1980) ... John Walton, Sr.
- The Triumph (1980) ... John Walton, Sr.
 1980 Angel City (TV Movie)
Jared Teeter
 1980 The Waltons: A Decade of the Waltons (TV Movie)
John Walton, Sr. / Himself
 1980 On the Nickel
C.G.
 1980 OHMS (TV Movie)
Floyd Wing
 1977 Waiting for Godot (TV Movie)
Pozzo
 1977 Red Alert (TV Movie)
Henry Stone
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
Slater
- Part III (1977) ... Slater
- Part II (1977) ... Slater
- Part I (1977) ... Slater
 1976 The Secret Life of John Chapman (TV Movie)
John Chapman
 1973 The Thanksgiving Story (TV Movie)
 1973 The Stone Killer
Mathews
 1973 Kid Blue
Drummer
 1972 Trouble Man
Pete Cockrell
 1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride!
Jim Mackay
 1972 Girls on the Road
John
 1972 Chato's Land
Elias Hooker
 1971 Nichols (TV Series)
Sam Burton
- The Specialists (1971) ... Sam Burton
 1971 The Grissom Gang
Mace
 1971 Lawman
Jack Dekker
 1971 The Sporting Club
Olson
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
Detective Cromie
 1970 Five Easy Pieces
Carl Fidelio Dupea
 1970 Bonanza (TV Series)
Hoby Miles
- The Lady and the Mark (1970) ... Hoby Miles
 1969 Last Summer
Peter's Father (uncredited)
 1967-1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Robert Stryker
- Murder for Infinity (1967) ... Robert Stryker
 1968 A Lovely Way to Die
Sean Magruder
 1967 The Desperate Hours (TV Movie)
Lt. Fredericks
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Alibi
 1967 The Borgia Stick (TV Movie)
Man from Toledo
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Chauffeur
- Death Comes Full Circle (1966) ... Chauffeur
 1954 Look Up and Live (TV Series)
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(1992 to 1993 season) He directed William Inge's play, "Come Back, Little Sheba," at the Trinity Repertory Company Theatre in Providence, Rhode Island with Donald Berry, Jennifer Dundas, Barbara Orson, Dan Welch, Alton Starr, Barbara Blossom, Christopher Byrnes, James O'Brien, Tom Buckland and Richard Donnelly in the cast. ... See more »

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2 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Personal Quote:

You only mature when you face problems you can't deal with. See more »


Trademark:

The role of John Walton Sr. on _"The Waltons" (1972)_. See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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