Ralph Waite Biography (1928?-)

Born June 22, 1928 (some sources cite 1929), in White Plains, NY; son of Ralph H. (a construction engineer) and Esther (maiden name, Mitchell) Waite; married Beverly Hall, 1951 (divorced, 1966); married Kerry Shear, 1972 (divorced,1980); married Linda East (an interior decorator), December 4, 1982; children: (second marriage) Kathleen, Suzanne, Liam.

Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
June 22, 1928?
White Plains, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Chief of police, The Balcony, Circle in the Square, New York City,1960
  • Minister, Marathon '33, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, New York City, 1963
  • Ralph and Judge, Blues for Mister Charlie, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1964
  • Traveller without Luggage, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1964
  • Matthew Stanton, Hogan's Goat, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Azdak, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Theatre Company of Boston, Boston, MA, 1966
  • Henry and Bruno, "The Mutilated," in Slapstick Tragedy, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Blues for Mister Charlie, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1966
  • Andrew Kragler, Drums in the Night, Circle in the Square, 1967
  • Defense Counsel Rogers, The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald, American National Theatre and Academy Theatre, 1967
  • Claudius, Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, New York City, 1967, then Mobile Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • The father, Watering Place, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Orsino, Twelfth Night, New York Shakespeare Festival, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Ted, The Killdeer, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre,1969
  • The Peacemaker, Theatre Company of Boston, 1969
  • Captain, The Father, Circle in the Square, 1981
  • Buried Child, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA, 1985
  • Joe Keller, All My Sons, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1986
  • Bunker Reveries, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Half-Deserted Street, off-Broadway production, 1988
  • Chris Christopherson, Anna Christie, George Street Playhouse, NewBrunswick, NJ, 1991
  • Richard Weeks, The Destiny of Me, Circle Repertory Company, Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Dirt, Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore, MD, 1994
  • Will Kiddler, The Young Man from Atlanta, Theatre at Kampo Cultural Center, New York City, 1995
  • Hometown Heroes, Thompson Shelterhouse Theatre, Cincinnati, OH, 1995
  • Senator Alan Hughes, An American Daughter, Cort Theatre, New YorkCity, 1997
  • Title role, King Lear, Intar 53 Theatre, New York City, 2000
  • Ancestral Voices, George Street Playhouse, 2000
  • The Personal Equation, Provincetown Playhouse, 2000
  • Appeared in Death of a Salesman, Alley Theatre, and later at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ; and King Lear, Performance Arts Center of Richmond. Also appeared at the Theatre Company of Boston, 1966-68, theLong Wharf Theatre, 1968-69, the Trinity Repertory Company, Providence, RI,1990-91, at the Cincinnati Playhouse, and with the Signature Theatre Company.
  • Film Appearances
  • Alibi Gibson, Cool Hand Luke, Warner Bros., 1967
  • Sean Magruder, A Lovely Way to Die (also known as A Lovely Wayto Go), Universal, 1968
  • Peter's father, Last Summer, Allied Artists, 1969
  • Carl Fidelio Dupea, Five Easy Pieces, Columbia, 1970
  • Detective Cromie, The Pursuit of Happiness, Columbia, 1971
  • Jack Dekker, Lawman, United Artists, 1971
  • Mace, The Grissom Gang, Cinerama, 1971
  • Olson, The Sporting Club, Avco-Embassy, 1971
  • Elias Hooker, Chato's Land, United Artists, 1972
  • Jim MacKay, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, United Artists, 1972
  • John, Girls on the Road, 1972
  • Pete Cockrell, Trouble Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1972
  • Detective Mathews, The Stone Killer, Columbia, 1973
  • Drummer, Kid Blue, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Hot Summer Week, Fanfare, 1973
  • C. G., On the Nickel, Rose's Park, 1980
  • Narrator, Good Ole Boy: A Delta Boyhood (also known as The River Pirates), 1988
  • Desperate Hours, 1990
  • Lathan Hooks, Crash and Burn, Paramount, 1991
  • Herb Farmer, The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Frank, Cliffhanger (also known as Cliffhanger--l'ultima sfida), TriStar, 1993
  • Chief Drew McDermott, Sioux City (also known as Ultimate Revenge), IRS Releasing, 1994
  • Voice of Shadow, Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (also known as Homeward Bound II: Incredible Journey), Buena Vista, 1996
  • The time traveler, Nobody Knows, Destination Earth, 2000
  • Spirit, 2001
  • Film Work
  • Director
  • (And producer) On the Nickel, Rose's Park, 1980
  • Sioux City (also known as Ultimate Revenge), IRS Releasing,1994
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • John Walton, Sr., The Waltons, CBS, 1972-81
  • Ben Walker, The Mississippi (also known as On the Mississippi), CBS, 1983-84
  • Malcolm Dietrich, Murder One, ABC, 1996
  • Otis LeBlanc, Orleans, CBS, 1997
  • Bart, All My Children (also known as All My Children: The Summer of Seduction), ABC, 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Third Mate Slater, Roots, ABC, 1977
  • Voice, The West, PBS, 1996
  • The Third Twin (also known as Ken Follett's The Third Twin), CBS, 1997
  • Movies
  • The man from Toledo, The Borgia Stick, NBC, 1967
  • John Chapman, The Secret Life of John Chapman, CBS, 1976
  • Henry Stone, Red Alert, CBS, 1977
  • Floyd Wing, Ohms, CBS, 1980
  • Jared Teeter, Angel City (also known as Field of Tears), CBS, 1980
  • Father Bernard Pagano, The Gentleman Bandit (also known as TheBandit Priest), CBS, 1981
  • John Walton, A Day for Thanks on Walton's Mountain, NBC, 1982
  • John Walton, Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain, NBC, 1982
  • John Walton, A Wedding on Walton's Mountain, NBC, 1982
  • Tommy O'Bannon, A Good Sport, CBS, 1984
  • Frank Hayward, Crime of Innocence, NBC, 1985
  • Martin Pehrsson, Red Earth, White Earth (also known as Snake Treaty), CBS, 1989
  • Orville Lemon, Sparks: The Price of Passion, CBS, 1990
  • John Walton, A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion, CBS, 1993
  • Cal Simms, Sin and Redemption, CBS, 1994
  • John Walton, A Walton Wedding (also known as John-Boy's Wedding), CBS, 1995
  • Sam Hackett, A Season of Hope (also known as The Lemon Grove), CBS, 1995
  • John Walton, A Walton Easter, CBS, 1997
  • Specials
  • Lieutenant Colonel Fredericks, The Desperate Hours, ABC, 1967
  • Pozzo, "Waiting for Godot," Great Performances, PBS, 1977
  • CBS: On the Air, CBS, 1978
  • Episodic
  • Hoby, "The Lady and the Mark," Bonanza, NBC, 1970
  • "The Specialists," Nichols, 1971
  • District attorney Paul Robbins, "Alma Murder," Murder, She Wrote,CBS, 1989
  • Sergeant Lamont Carson, "Missing," Time Trax, syndicated, 1994
  • Dad, "A Secret Promise Kept," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 1999
  • Gene Morton, "Small Friends," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999
  • Other
  • The Thanksgiving Story, 1973
  • Dr. C. J. Halligan, Keys (also known as Keys to Her Past),1994
  • President Mathews, The President's Man, 2000
  • Television Work
  • Supervising Producer; With Christopher Morgan; Series
  • The Mississippi (also known as On the Mississippi), CBS, 1983-84
  • Executive Producer; Movies
  • A Good Sport, CBS, 1984
  • Director; Episodic
  • The Mississippi (also known as On the Mississippi), CBS, episodes between 1983 and 1984
  • Directed episodes of The Waltons, CBS.
  • Audio Books
  • Losing Julia, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 2000
  • Screenplays
  • On the Nickel, Rose's Park, 1980

User Contributions:

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Aug 16, 2012 @ 8:20 pm
I loved watching The Waltons when I was growing up in the '70s. I remember I could hardly wait for the next weeks' episode to air. I have always felt I would have been very happy growing up and living during The Great Depression. Watching the way John and Olivia interacted with the children and Grandma and Grandpa was wonderful. I must confess, my Dad(who is 82)and I still love watching the reruns. While watching the shows, I feel so much love and wish I could have been a part of the family (The Waltons). As for Earl Hamner, I have always loved his voice and would liked to have seen a picture of him. I wish children today could have had the experience of watching the show, but unfortunately people today do not take time to find good TV shows to sit and watch with their children. The Waltons will always be the best and my favorite TV show. Just this week, I picked up copies of Thanksgiving video and The Christmas Carol. Loved seeing them again. Both movies brought tears to my eyes. Wish I could have met all of the characters from the show...
Frankie Hobbs
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Jul 9, 2013 @ 8:20 pm
I am 75 and retired. When I was younger I worked and had things to do at home so I never watched "The Waltons" but I have found them on Hallmark and Insp and hardly ever fail to watch the show sometimes I have seen the same ones several times and even tho I know how it is going to end I still enjoy watching it. I wish our young people of today could have grown up like they did and had the respect for each other and their parents like the Waltons. I loved grandma and grandpa too and I was sad when they were no longer on.
We sure need more nice clean programs on tv in fact I hardly watch the other channels. Thank you and "good night" to the Waltons.

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