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 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 6:02 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 6:36 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

delete-big mistake

 Posted:   Feb 13, 2014 - 8:09 PM   
 By:   philiperic   (Member)

great character actor--

on October 16, EW did their fourth annual reunion issue and included the remaining cast of THE WALTONS - the last time now for Ma + Pa Walton and the kids.

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Waite also played Agent Gibbs' fatheron NCIS.

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Adam B.   (Member)

The last thing I saw him in was Cliffhanger but remember him from my few viewings of The Waltons.

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 8:49 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

He was on the NBC soap "Days of Our Lives" as late as a few weeks ago -- he played an elderly priest, and I had been glad to see that he was still active. Of course we'll all remember him from his role on "The Waltons."

 Posted:   Feb 14, 2014 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Loved his work; especially NCIS.

RIP, Ralph Waite

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:11 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Starting with his first feature film in 1967, Paul Newman's COOL HAND LUKE, Ralph Waite was primarily a character actor. His activity in features was at a high pitch in 1971-72 when he appeared in eight films, just prior to his being cast in "The Waltons," which began airing in September 1972.

It was in 1972 that Waite received his first credits on film posters. The first was in a small drama called HOT SUMMER WEEK, in which he played the head of the "Big Sur Institute for Human Potential," an encounter-group community.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:19 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Waite had one of his biggest film roles in this 1972 blaxploitation film. He played a ruthless racketeer going up against Robert Hooks' TROUBLE MAN.

Waite would meet a bad end.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

During the last year of "The Waltons," in 1980, Ralph Waite wrote, produced, and directed a small independent film of his own. The R-rated feature, ON THE NICKEL, was about two bums (Waite and Donald Moffat) and their experiences on L.A.'s skid row. Fred Myrow (SOYLENT GREEN) scored the film.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:43 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Waite played Kevin Costner's father in 1992's THE BODYGUARD.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:51 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1993, Waite appeared in Sylvester Stallone's CLIFFHANGER.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 7:58 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1994. Waite co-starred in SIOUX CITY, about a Native American (Lou Diamond Phillips) who returns to the reservation to confront the mysteries of his past.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:07 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 1996, Waite provided the voice for "Shadow," the wise golden retriever, in Disney's HOMEWARD BOUND II: LOST IN SAN FRANCISCO. Waite replaced the late Don Ameche, who had done the voice in the original 1993 HOMEWARD BOUND film.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:14 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 2000's TIMEQUEST, Waite plays a time-traveler from the future who journeys to the past to stop the assassination of JFK.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

In 2002, Waite had a small role in John Sayles' SUNSHINE STATE.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 8:24 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Waite worked with John Sayles again in his 2004 SILVER CITY.

 Posted:   Feb 15, 2014 - 10:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

Waite had a small role in this 2010 film about a young boy fighting cancer who writes LETTERS TO GOD. This was Waite's last theatrical feature.

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