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Ralph Waite is a Actor, Director, Writer and Producer American born on 22 june 1928 at White Plains (USA)

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite
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Nationality USA
Birth 22 june 1928 at White Plains (USA)
Death 13 february 2014 (at 85 years) at Palm Desert (USA)

Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs.


Waite was married three times, two marriages ending in divorce. He had three daughters from his first marriage. His eldest daughter, Sharon Waite, died of leukemia when she was 9 years old in 1964. Liam Waite, one of Waite's stepsons, is also an actor. After 50 years away from organized religion, Waite returned in 2010 and became an active member of Spirit of the Desert Presbyterian Fellowship in Palm Desert, California.

Political involvement
Waite ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California as a Democrat on three occasions: In 1990, he challenged veteran GOP incumbent Al McCandless in the Riverside County-based 37th district, losing by five percentage points. In 1998, Waite ran in the special election for the then-Palm Springs-based 44th district left vacant by the death of incumbent Sonny Bono. He was defeated in that election by Mary Bono, Sonny's widow, and lost to her again that November.

On October 21, 1991, Waite introduced then-former California Governor Jerry Brown prior to the latter's speech announcing his candidacy for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.

Electoral history










U.S House of Representatives
District 37

Jeffrey Jacobs 29%
Ralph Waite 71%



Bud Mathewson 27%
Al McCandless 73%




U.S House of Representatives
District 44 (special election)

Ralph Waite



Mary Bono




U.S House of Representatives
District 39 (general election)

Ralph Waite



Mary Bono


Best films

The Bodyguard (1992)

Usually with

John Sayles
John Sayles
(2 films)
James Gammon
James Gammon
(3 films)
Hal Williams
Hal Williams
(2 films)
Tom Waits
Tom Waits
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Ralph Waite (31 films)

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Heart of a Hero
Directed by Corbin Bernsen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about children
Actors Nathan Gamble, Maureen Flannigan, Corbin Bernsen, Ralph Waite, Bailee Madison, Timothy Omundson
Roles Ed
Rating59% 2.9606852.9606852.9606852.9606852.960685
12 year-old Trey Caldwell (Nathan Gamble) is shattered when his soldier father is killed in Afghanistan, leaving a hole in the boy’s life – and an unfinished Soap Box Derby car in the garage. A final gift from his dad, the car is a constant reminder of all that could have been. But when Trey meets Roy Gibbs (Corbin Bernsen), a grizzled Fire Chief devastated by the loss of his firefighter son on 9/11, a new relationship forms and old wounds finally begin to heal. As the unlikely team works to complete the Soap Box car and train for the upcoming Derby, they’ll learn that life isn’t about the starting line or checkered flag – it’s about having the courage to make the incredible journey of faith in between.
Letters to God, 1h50
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Films about religion
Actors Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Tanner Maguire, Bailee Madison, Maree Cheatham, Ralph Waite
Roles Mr. Perryfield
Rating62% 3.106113.106113.106113.106113.10611
Tyler Doherty (Tanner Maguire) is an 8 year-old suffering from cancer who has a love for writing and sending letters to God. His local postman, Walter Finley, takes them to his office after work. His boss sees them and instructs Walter to take care of them.
Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective, 1h33
Directed by Steve Oedekerk, David M. Evans
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Adventure, Crime
Actors Josh Flitter, Emma Lockhart, Art LaFleur, Reed Alexander, Cullen Douglas, Ann Cusack
Roles Grandpa Ventura
Rating21% 1.0740751.0740751.0740751.0740751.074075
Ace Ventura, Jr. must follow in his father's (Ace Ventura, Sr.'s) footsteps to save his mother from going to jail.
Generation Gap, 1h35
Directed by Bill L. Norton
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Edward Asnere, Rue McClanahan, Danielle Savre, Catherine Mary Stewart, Jack Conley, Ralph Waite
Roles Chick
Rating64% 3.2425153.2425153.2425153.2425153.242515
Suite aux bagarres multiples pour lesquelles il est renvoyé de l'école, sa mère envoie son fils chez son grand-père pour l'été à Greenville. Ce dernier étant colonel durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale tente de corriger son petit-fils.
Silver City, 2h8
Directed by John Sayles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Crime
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Danny Huston, Chris Cooper, Richard Dreyfuss, Thora Birch, Mary Kay Place, Michael Murphy
Roles Casey Lyle
Rating60% 3.000873.000873.000873.000873.00087
Richard "Dicky" Pilager, the dim-witted scion of a powerful political dynasty, is running for Governor of Colorado. One day, while filming a campaign ad that shows him fishing at Arapahoe Lake, Pilager hooks a corpse on location. Chuck Raven, Pilager's campaign manager, hires Danny O'Brien, a former journalist who works as a private investigator, to examine the case. Raven urges O'Brien to find potential links between the body and Pilager's political enemies.
Blessings (2003)

Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Mary Tyler Moore, China Chow, Liam Waite, Kathleen Denise Quinlan, Janaya Stephens, Ralph Waite
Roles Sheriff
Rating59% 2.9562652.9562652.9562652.9562652.956265
Lydia Blessing (Mary Tyler Moore) is an 82-year-old heiress of wealthy background who, since the death of her husband decades earlier, has been living as a bitter and reclusive widow at her mansion called 'Blessings'. Meanwhile, a man named Skip Cuddy (Liam Waite) has just been released on parole from county jail following an armed robbery gone wrong, only to find his girlfriend Shelley (Laura Regan) cheating on him with an old friend, Chris (Joris Jarsky). Deciding to abandon his old customs, Skip accepts an offer to work for Lydia at her mansion. Lydia's personal maid Jennifer (China Chow) is aware of Skip's mistakes in the past, and warns him not to betray Lydia, as does her daughter Meredith (Kathleen Quinlan).
Sunshine State, 2h21
Directed by John Sayles
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Actors Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Alan King, Cullen Douglas, Clifton James, James McDaniel
Roles Furman Temple
Rating67% 3.397263.397263.397263.397263.39726
As the primarily white town of Delrona Beach, Florida is preparing for its annual festival, one of the parade floats is set afire. A young black boy named Terrell is found guilty of the deed, and he is sentenced to community service with a local community theater. An orphan, Terrell is in the care of an elderly relative, Eunice Stokes, who lives in the neighboring, primarily black community of Lincoln Beach.
Timequest (2000)
, 1h35
Genres Science fiction, Action
Themes Time travel films, Alternate history films
Actors Victor Slezak, Caprice Benedetti, Bruce Campbell, Barry Corbin, Larry Drake, David Haig
Roles The Traveler
Rating53% 2.653852.653852.653852.653852.65385
Timequest explores the science fiction theme of altering the present day by traveling back in time and tampering with past events. In this particular film, on the morning of November 22, 1963, a elderly man (Ralph Waite) who wears spacesuit-type clothing materializes in the hotel suite occupied by Jackie Kennedy (Caprice Benedetti). The Time Traveler shows Jackie future television footage of the assassination and funeral of John F. Kennedy (Victor Slezak). Shortly thereafter, the Time Traveler speaks to the president and to the cynical Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Vince Grant), giving them details of their respective assassinations (as it takes the Time Traveler quite a bit to convince Robert Kennedy that he is who he says he is as Kennedy attempts to debunk the Time Traveler's story) and of the public revelations of JFK's sex scandals. The Time Traveler, knowing Bobby's ways, won't state his name or his birthplace, but does mention that he was born on this day. The Time Traveler asks Jackie to dance with him; she does (the Time Traveler is obsessed with Jackie Kennedy).
The President's Man
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure
Actors Chuck Norris, Dylan Neal, Soon-Tek Oh, Jennifer Tung, Ralph Waite, Stuart Whitman
Roles President Mathews
Rating47% 2.353582.353582.353582.353582.35358
Joshua McCord is ready to think about retiring from his grueling job as a Secret Service agent who's assigned to protect the president. After saving the First Lady, kidnapped by a mysterious band of terrorists, McCord prepares to train his replacement.
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, 1h29
Directed by David Richard Ellis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats, Films about dogs, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Ralph Waite, Sally Field, Michael J. Fox, Kim Greist, Benj Thall, Robert Hays
Roles Shadow (voice)
Rating59% 2.959092.959092.959092.959092.95909
The owners of Shadow the Golden Retriever (voiced by Ralph Waite), Sassy the Himalayan cat (Sally Field), and Chance the American Bulldog (Michael J. Fox) decide to take a family trip to Canada. At the San Francisco International Airport, the animals escape after Chance panics and breaks free from his carrier. After eluding airport authorities, the animals find themselves in the city of San Francisco, with home on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Sioux City
Sioux City (1994)
, 1h42
Directed by Lou Diamond Phillips
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Lou Diamond Phillips, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Bill Allen, Melinda Dillon, Tantoo Cardinal, Gary Farmer
Roles Drew McDermott
Rating58% 2.900952.900952.900952.900952.90095
A young Lakota Sioux (Lou Diamond Phillips) is adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple. When he ages he gets in touch with his cultural roots.
Cliffhanger, 1h53
Directed by Renny Harlin
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Sports films, Films about terrorism, Alpinisme
Actors John Lithgow, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner, Rex Linn, Caroline Goodall
Roles Frank
Rating64% 3.2499553.2499553.2499553.2499553.249955
Rangers Gabriel "Gabe" Walker and Jessie Deighan are dispatched to rescue their friend Hal Tucker and his girlfriend Sarah after Hal suffered a knee injury and stranded them on a peak in the Rocky Mountains. As they try to rescue Sarah, part of her harness breaks, and though Gabe is able to grab her, her gloved hand slips out, and she falls to her death. Hal blames Gabe for her death and Gabe is overcome with guilt, taking an extended leave.
The Bodyguard, 2h9
Directed by Mick Jackson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama, Action, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians
Actors Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, Gary Kemp, Bill Cobbs, Michele Lamar Richards, Ralph Waite
Roles Herb Farmer
Rating64% 3.202643.202643.202643.202643.20264
Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) is an Academy Award-nominated music superstar who is being stalked and sent death threats. Things get dangerously out of hand when a bomb disguised as a doll explodes in her dressing room. Rachel's manager, Bill Devaney (Bill Cobbs), seeks the services of a professional bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner), to protect her. He is a highly successful private bodyguard, mostly protecting corporate VIPs. Formerly he was a Secret Service agent who served as part of the presidential protection detail during two presidencies. Frank is reluctant to accept the offer to guard Rachel as he sees her as a spoiled diva who is oblivious to the threats against her life.
Crash and Burn, 1h25
Directed by Charles Band
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Political films, Dystopian films, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Paul Ganus, Megan Ward, Ralph Waite, Jack McGee, Bill Moseley, Eva LaRue
Roles Lathan Hooks
Rating50% 2.5014652.5014652.5014652.5014652.501465
Unicom is a powerful organization overseeing most of the world after its economic collapse. They have banned computers and robots in an attempt to ensure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of economic stability." When a Unicom Synth robot infiltrates a southwest TV station and kills the manager, a revolutionary against the gestapo-like corporation, a lowly Unicom delivery man must help the rest of the station survive through the incoming "thermal storm."