One of his daughters died at age 9.
Ralph is the step-father of Liam Waite.
Ralph ran for Sonny Bono's vacant Congressional seat against his wife, Mary and lost.
Ralph Waite has stated that he considers theater to be an integral part of both his life, and a person's community.
Ralph Waite has stated that his role on the show The Waltons came to him at a very low point in his life, and helped him put his life back on track.
Ralph Waite has stated that in his youth he had many alcohol problems, but as of 2008, has been sober for 36 years.
Ralph Waite became president of a coalition that built housing for the working poor in Palm Desert, California.
Ralph Waite was a member of the Theatre Company of Boston, as well as being both founder and a member of the Los Angeles Actors Theatre.
Ralph Waite left the ministry to work for a short time at Harper & Row publishers, after which he decided to pursue an acting career.
As of 2008, Ralph Waite resides in New York City with his wife, Linda.
Ralph Waite attended Bucknell College, where he majored in philosophy, as well as Yale Divinity School, where he became a Presbyterian minister.
He married Linda East on December 4, 1984.
He married Kerry Waite from 1972 to 1980(they were divorced).
He was married to Beverly Waite from 1951 to 1966 (they were divorced).
He ran twice, unsuccessfully, for a Congressional seat: 1990 and 1998.