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 2,452,679 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 42 in 2019). Ralph Waite is the 1,620th most popular actor (down from 1,329th in 2019), the 2,855th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,428th in 2019) and the 798th most popular American Actor.

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  • 41

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  • 2.31

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  • 5.16

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Among actors, Ralph Waite ranks 1,620 out of 10,030Before him are Fabio Testi, Julie Harris, Élisabeth Depardieu, Michelle Monaghan, Ross Martin, and Bea Arthur. After him are Mariangela Melato, Barbara O'Neil, Brunhilde Pomsel, Sue Lyon, Denise Richards, and Isa Miranda.

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Among people born in 1928, Ralph Waite ranks 183Before him are Nicolas Hayek, Nick Holonyak, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Ali Kafi, Bill Mollison, and Veljko Bulajić. After him are Peter Hans Kolvenbach, Robert Indiana, Édouard Molinaro, Nicolas Roeg, Édouard Glissant, and Ernest Simoni. Among people deceased in 2014, Ralph Waite ranks 122Before him are Manuel Uribe, Karlheinz Deschner, Magda Olivero, Edward Herrmann, Gloria Leonard, and Tatiana Samoilova. After him are Horace Silver, Alice Babs, Cristina Deutekom, Donatas Banionis, Alexander Imich, and Carlos Borges.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ralph Waite ranks 2,855 out of 15,968Before him are Michelle Monaghan (1976), Lillian Moller Gilbreth (1878), Nicholas Negroponte (1943), Allen Newell (1927), Bea Arthur (1922), and Chuck Lorre (1952). After him are Miley Cyrus (1992), Barbara O'Neil (1910), Thomas Curtis (1873), Sue Lyon (1946), Denise Richards (1971), and Billie Eilish (2001).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Ralph Waite ranks 798Before him are Octavia Spencer (1972), Dita Von Teese (1972), Eva Longoria (1975), Julie Harris (1925), Michelle Monaghan (1976), and Bea Arthur (1922). After him are Barbara O'Neil (1910), Sue Lyon (1946), Denise Richards (1971), Robert Davi (1953), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (1958), and Fred Niblo (1874).

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