Ralph Waite's career started in the late 1960s and ended shortly before
his death, but his name will always be connected with one series: The
Waite, born June 22, 1928, in White Plains, New
York, played the main role of family patriarch John "Pa" Walton, Sr., in
the CBS series from 1971 to 1981, directing three episodes as well. The
series showed the life of a Virginia-based couple, their oldest son
John-Boy, and his six siblings, presenting everyday subjects as well as the impact of World War II on the family.
The program was honored with an Emmy in 1973, as were some of its
actors, but unfortunately not Waite, despite being nominated twice. He
later starred in several television series, including a recurring role
on Days of Our Lives.
Waite was also an active Democrat and
ran for Congress unsuccessfully three times: in 1990 in Riverside County
and in 1998 in two districts. He tried to win Sonny Bono's vacant seat
in Palm Springs in a special election, but was beaten by Bono's widow.
Ralph Waite died on February 13, 2014, in Palm Desert, California, at
the age of 85. His death earns Meadow 10 points (5 for age, 5 for solo).
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