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Ralph Waite

1928 - 2014

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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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ralph Waite has received more than 2,945,028 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia. Ralph Waite is the 1,499th most popular actor (up from 1,619th in 2019), the 2,579th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,854th in 2019) and the 728th most popular American Actor.

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Among actors, Ralph Waite ranks 1,499 out of 9,996Before him are Alla Nazimova, Edward Herrmann, Patricia Arquette, Arthur Kennedy, Bill Duke, and John Hillerman. After him are Martha Scott, Jeffrey Hunter, Jeffrey Wright, Pauley Perrette, Allan Edwall, and Leslie Easterbrook.

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Among people born in 1928, Ralph Waite ranks 158Before him are Gustavo Gutiérrez, Alexis Korner, Anne Sexton, Ulric Neisser, Jo Schlesser, and Bob Cousy. After him are Héctor Rial, Pancho Gonzales, Adrian Frutiger, Pavel Kohout, Gerald Bull, and Branko Mikulić. Among people deceased in 2014, Ralph Waite ranks 113Before him are Tatiana Samoilova, Leo Tindemans, Manitas de Plata, Riz Ortolani, Robert Hansen, and Edward Herrmann. After him are Ernst Albrecht, Carlo Bergonzi, Ana María Matute, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Tommy Ramone, and Andrea de Cesaris.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ralph Waite ranks 2,579 out of 18,182Before him are Patricia Arquette (1968), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Arthur Kennedy (1914), Bill Duke (1943), John Hillerman (1932), and Don Rickles (1926). After him are Martha Scott (1912), Jeffrey Hunter (1926), Carl Sandburg (1878), Jeffrey Wright (1965), Garrett Morgan (1877), and Donald P. Bellisario (1935).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Ralph Waite ranks 728Before him are Rip Torn (1931), Edward Herrmann (1943), Patricia Arquette (1968), Arthur Kennedy (1914), Bill Duke (1943), and John Hillerman (1932). After him are Martha Scott (1912), Jeffrey Hunter (1926), Jeffrey Wright (1965), Pauley Perrette (1969), Leslie Easterbrook (1949), and Diane Ladd (1935).

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