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Waite in Cliffhanger.

About Ralph Waite (1928 – 2014)
Ralph Waite was born on June 22, 1928 in White Plains, New York. After floundering around as a social worker, a religious editor for Harper and Row and a minister, following three years at the Yale School of Divinity. Waite died on Feb 13th 2014.

At age 30, Waite turned to acting. He began on the stage and by 1965 was seen on Broadway with Faye Dunaway in Hogan's Goat. He moved West, playing bit parts in Cool Hand Luke, (1967) with Paul Newman, and Five Easy Pieces (1970), with Jack Nicholson and Karen Black.

Ralph Waite is best known for his role on the popular The Waltons, (1971-1981), playing John Walton Sr., the most benevolent TV father ever, presiding over a country family in the Depression. He was nominated for an Emmy. He reprised his role in three TV movies made in 1982.

Ralph Waite formed his own production company and produced a television series called The Mississippi (1982) in which he plays a criminal lawyer who gives up his practise to become a riverboat captain.

Ralph Waite continued to work on television shows and made for TV movies. Waite played supporting roles in Cliffhanger (1993) with Sylvester Stallone and The Bodyguard (1992), with Kevin Costner.

Waite has had recurring roles in several television series, Murder One, Carnivale and NCIS, as well as a recurring role on Days Of Our Lives (2009-2010). He continues to appear in guest roles and in TV movies.

On April 7, 1998 Ralph Waite unsuccessfully ran for Congress in California to fill the unexpired term of the late Sonny Bono. He was defeated by Mary Bono, (Sonny's widow), April 7, 1998.

Waite is presently married to Linda East, who he married in 1982.

Ralph Waite's notable movie credits include...

25 Hill (2011)
Letters To God (2010)
Silver City (2004)
Sunshine State (2002)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Desperate Hours (1990)
On The Nickel (1980)
The Stone Killer (1973)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)