How well do you know the career of Ralph Waite from The Waltons?

The Waltons star was in everything from blockbusters to soap operas.

Ralph Waite became everyone’s favorite TV dad when The Waltons premiered in 1972. His kind and knowledgeable demeanor brought a sense of comfort to millions of Americans young and old.

But Waite was much more than John Walton. He acted alongside greats like Paul Newman and Jack Nicholson, appeared all over classic television and continued acting into his 80s.

How well do you know Waite’s long career? See if you can guess all the movies, shows and trivia below!

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  1. Ralph Waite was in which 1960s Paul Newman classic?
  2. Before The Waltons, Waite appeared in an episode of which Western series?
  3. Waite played Jack Nicholson's brother in which 1970 film?
  4. Waite appeared in two episodes of which historical 1970s miniseries?
  5. Like all the children, Ralph Waite first starred in "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story" before The Waltons.
  6. How many episodes of The Waltons did Ralph Waite direct?
  7. How many Emmy Awards did Ralph Waite win for The Waltons?
  8. Ralph Waite was in every season of The Waltons.
  9. The 1980 film ‘On the Nickel’ is significant for Ralph Waite because…
  10. Waite was in which 1990s Kevin Costner movie?
  11. How many Waltons reunion movies was Ralph Waite in?
  12. Ralph Waite's last acting role was Father Matt on which soap opera?

How well do you know the career of Ralph Waite from The Waltons?

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dingopossum 15 days ago
Tracye 16 days ago
Ok 7/13 which stinks because I love Ralph Waite. Did anyone see the movie "Angel City " he was amazing in it. I cry whenever I watch it.
BigE 17 days ago
8 of 12. Let's not forget he played Jethro LeRoy Gibbs's father on NCIS.
dingopossum 17 days ago
The waltons was 1 of the best family series ever...the Andy Griffith show, The Golden girls....
UTZAAKE 17 days ago
Ralph Waite played the paternal grandfather of FBI agent Seeley Booth in FOX's Bones. He was also a Bucknell University graduate (Go Bison!).
TheDavBow3 17 days ago
6 right. 50%, I'll take it. Lota guesses
wrialhuden 18 days ago
I got 9 of 12. I remember his role well in Cool Hand Luke. Tears welled up in his eyes when he was getting prepped for a night in the box.

The true/false question about Ralph appearing in every season of the Waltons tripped me up. I figured he didn't appear at all in the final season, but he must have appeared in a few episodes, I suppose...
Big3Fan 18 days ago
8/12 I was on a steady climb up Waltons Mountain. I stumbled on number seven 7, I gained my composure but tripped again on number 10, and was in a freefall through numbers 11 and 12. Goodnight Reckless, Calico, Blue, Chance, Rover, Lance and Myrtle.
Irish 18 days ago
I missed three. I was surprised to learn that Mr. Waite was an ordained minister.
Randall 18 days ago
No question about NCIS. Shameful, as a fan of that show since it's inception the Episode in which we meet Gibbs dad is Heartwarming! The scene in which he presents gibbs with the car is the first time you see gibbs break character and grin ear to ear must see tv!!!
MrsPhilHarris 18 days ago
9/12 I remember him in Five Easy Pieces.
hrcopter 18 days ago
4/12 That was a guess fest. Never heard of him.
MaryAnn 18 days ago
7/12 I did better than I thought I would!
justjeff 18 days ago
7/12. I should have gone to Ralph's sisten Helen for the answers but to do that, I would have to be patient for my turn to see her...

"You don't know the answers? Go to Helen Waite"... Yeah, it's a poor twist on an old joke... but then again... so am I!
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