Ralph Waite net worth: Ralph Waite is an American actor who has a net worth of $2 million dollars. Ralph Waite was born in White Plains, New York, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years in the 1940s. He then went on to graduate from Bucknell University, and to earn his Master's Degree from Yale University Divinity School. He spent the next few years working as a Presbyterian minister and editor for religious literature. He then chose to shift his focus to acting. He has appeared in a steady string of film and television projects, including, "Five Easy Pieces", "The Magnificent Seven Ride", "Roots" "Bonanza", "The Gentleman Bandit", "Murder, She Wrote", "Growing Pains", "Desperate Hours", "The Bodyguard", "Cliffhanger", "Time Trax", "All My Children", "The Practice", "NCIS", "Days of Our Lives", and "Bones". He is most widely recognized for his role as John Walton, Sr. on "The Waltons". In addition to his acting career, he has also run for Congress, unsuccessfully, three times.