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John Walton

John Walton is the father of 7 children and the current care taker of his family's settled land "Walton's Mountain" located in the ficticious Jefferson county near the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. He is a self described heathen who has no time for organized religion yet made no qualms about marrying the the prettiest girl in the Baptist choir. He dreams of building a home for his wife Olivia up on the mountain but it is a dream never to become reality. Although he has provided for his family, mostly through the income he generates from his lumber mill, he has from time to time ventured to the city to find work. In the end he has always chosen to return back home to where he belongs. John is prone to fits of rage but he is always fair in his dealings with family and neighbors. Although he has made various attempts to involve his sons and expand his business, he has always allowed them the freedom to choose their own path.

Featured storylines  
"The Legend" (s1-ep10) "The Theft" (s2-ep4)
The Braggart" (s2-ep8) "The Honeymoon" (s2-ep16)
"The Heritage" (s2-ep17) "The Departure" (s3-ep12)
"The Matchmakers" (s3-ep16) "The Woman" (s3-ep23)
"The Venture" (s3-ep24) "The Prophecy" (s4-ep4)
"The Big Brother" (s4-ep19) "John's Crossroad" (s5-ep16)
"The Stray" (s6-ep02) "The Warrior" (s6-ep4)
"The Celebration" (s6-ep13) "The Anniversary" (s6-ep17)
"The Empty Nest" (s7-ep01) "The Parting" (s7-ep15)
"The Torch" (s7-ep21)  

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Ralph Waite

Born: June 22, 1928
Died: February 13, 2014

Prior to becoming an actor Ralph earned a master's degree from Yale University Divinity School and was a Presbyterian minister and religious editor at Harper & Row in New York City before deciding on a career in acting.

Prior to being cast as John Walton, Ralph was cast in Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces. Ralph has had a number of plum parts in movies since the end of The Waltons including The Bodyguard and Cliffhanger. Since 2009 he had played the recurring role of Father Matt on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives. He also played Booth's gradfather on Bones and had a recurring role as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) father on NCIS. In August 2012 he reunited with Michael Learned in the Victoria Playhouse production of "Love Letters" in Petrolia, Ontario.






After The Waltons

Ralph became an ordained Presbyterian minister before he turned to acting and he performed the marriage of fellow cast members Jon Walmsley and Lisa Harrison. He later played the role of Father Matt on Days of Our Lives.
Ralph Waite Minister Ralph Waite Walmsley Wedding Ralph Waite as Father Matt Days of Our Lives

Having suffered from the effects of alcohol abuse Ralph wrote, directed, produced
and starred in his 1980 film On the Nickel.


Ralph Waite - On the Nickel


Waite took bullhorn in hand to make his L.A.skid row film (above), On the Nickel. It's run is as uncertain as his future on The Waltons, but Ralph says, "I Love it." - People Weekly July 28, 1980

Read this Article People Magazine July 28, 1980

In the 90's Ralph became interested in politics and ran unsuccessfully for Congress 3 times.

Old Henry - A INSP short starring Ralph Waite

In 2013 Ralph starred in "Old Henry", a short film produced by INSP about aging. It is presented below for your enjoyment.




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