Waite at the 40th anniversary of The Waltons on September 29, 2012
June 22, 1928|
White Plains, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 13, 2014
Palm Desert, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Age-related illnesses|
|Occupation||Actor, voice artist, political activist|
Beverly Waite (1951â€“1966)
|Children||3 daughters (1 daughter deceased)|
|Parent(s)||Ralph H. Waite and Esther (nÃ©e Mitchell) Waite|
The beauty of life is in people who feel some obligation to enhance life. Without that, we're only half alive.
'The Waltons' was profoundly important after years of wandering around. I was 44 and cut off from family and friends. It nurtured me back to a sense of family and who I am. It was a transforming experience.
I was never taken to a play or concert or church. Yet I was a show-off, a dreamer, a storyteller.
Just as theater has to be where people live, actors have to go out in the marketplace – not be cut off by a lens. Either an artist grows or he stagnates.
I have vanity and greed enough for one person. But at the same time, I feel in my bones you lose a lot of life's value if you don't see yourself as a member of the family of man.