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Ralph Waite

Comedian / Screenwriter / Film Producer / Film Director | * 06/22/1928 († 85, 02/13/2014) | White Plains, New York (United States of America (USA))
Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor and political activist, best known for his lead role as John Walton Sr. on The Waltons (1972–1981), which he occasionally directed. He also had recurring roles in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, and Bones, as Seeley Booth's grandfather. Waite had supporting roles in movies such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Grissom Gang (1971), The Bodyguard (1992), and Cliffhanger (1993). ()
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Ralph Waite (born June 22, 1928) is an American actor. His most famous role may be John Walton Sr. on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. He is also well known for his portrayal of the slave ship first mate Slater in the mini-series Roots. More recently, he appeared as Reverend Norman Balthus for 16 out of 24 episodes over the two seasons of the HBO series Carnivàle (2003–2005). Currently, he has been portraying the recurring roles of Father Matt on the daytime serial Days of our Lives, of Jethro Gibbs's (Mark Harmon) father, Jackson Gibbs, on NCIS and of Seeley Booth's (David Boreanaz) grandfather, Hank Booth on Bones.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Thriller | Crime

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Movies with Ralph Waite as Actor(44)

as R.L. Dutton2012 Gabe the Cupid Dog
as Ed2011 25 Hill
as Mr. Perryfield2010 Letters to God
as Grandpa Ventura2009 Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective
as Chick2008 Generation Gap
as Casey Lyle2004 Silver City
as Furman Temple2002 Sunshine State
as President Mathews2000 The President's Man
as John Walton1997 A Walton Easter
as Sam Hackett1995 A Season of Hope
as Dr. C.J. Halligan1994 Keys
as Drew McDermott1994 Sioux City
as Cal Simms1994 Sin and Redemption
as Frank1993 Cliffhanger
as Herb Farmer1992 The Bodyguard
as Aldo Leopold (voice)1991 Wild by Law
as Lathan Hooks1990 Crash and Burn
as Orville Lemon1990 Sparks: The Price of Passion
as Frank Hayward1984 Crime Of Innocence
as Father Bernard Pagano1981 The Gentleman Bandit
as Floyd Wing1980 OHMS
as Jared Teeter1980 Angel City
as C.G.1980 On the Nickel
as Henry Stone1977 Red Alert
as Drummer1973 Kid Blue
as Mathews1973 The Stone Killer
as Jim Mackay1972 The Magnificent Seven Ride!
as John1972 Hot Summer Week
as Elias Hooker1972 Chato's Land
as Pete Cockrell1972 Trouble Man
as Mace1971 The Grissom Gang
as Detective Cromie1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
as Jack Dekker1971 Lawman
as Olson1971 The Sporting Club
as Carl Fidelio Dupea1970 Five Easy Pieces
as Peter's father1969 Last Summer
as Sean Magruder1968 A Lovely Way to Die
as Man from Toledo1967 The Borgia Stick
as Alibi1967 Cool Hand Luke
as Lt. Fredericks1967 The Desperate Hours

TV Shows/Series with Ralph Waite as Actor(11)

as Hank Booth2005 Bones
2003 NCIS
as Jackson Gibbs2003 NCIS
as Norman Belthus2003 Carnivàle
as Sheriff Montgomery2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
as Senator Proust1997 The Third Twin
1977 Roots
as Slater1977 Roots
as John Walton Sr.1972 The Waltons

Movies with Ralph Waite as Crew(3)

Directing/Director1980 On the Nickel
Production/Producer1980 On the Nickel
Writing/Writer1980 On the Nickel

Full Name: Ralph Waite
Born: Friday, 06/22 1928 (June) in White Plains, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Thursday, 02/13 2014 (February) in Palm Desert (aged: 85)
Zodiac sign: Cancer (Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon)
Educated at: Yale Divinity School, Bucknell University
Ralph Waite frequently works together with these people:
William Petersen (7x, Actor)
Michael Winner (7x, Crew)
John Sayles (6x, Crew)
Michael Feifer (5x, Crew)
Ellen Geer (5x, Actress)
Danny Cannon (5x, Crew)
K Callan (5x, Actress)
Naren Shankar (5x, Crew)
Josh Berman (5x, Crew)
Corbin Bernsen (4x, Actor)
Bob Rafelson (4x, Crew)
Lynn Stalmaster (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:28195, Added: 05/08/2018, Last updated: 01/14/2022