BIRTHDATE: June 22
BIRTHPLACE: White Plains, NY
STAR SIGN: Gemini
YEARS ON SHOW: 2009 - present
MARITAL STATUS: Married to wife Linda East since December 4, 1982
CHILDREN: Waite had three daughters during his first marriage. His oldest daughter died of cancer at age 9 in 1964. He has a stepson, Liam White, who is also an actor.
Ralph Waite grew up in White Plains, NY, and was the oldest of five children. His father, Ralph H. Waite, was a construction engineer. After a tour in the Marines, Waite attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. While deciding what he wanted to do with his life, Waite worked several jobs, including time as a social worker. He also attended Yale University Divinity School for three years on scholarship and earned a master's degree.