January 24, 1998 |
Actor Ralph Waite, best known as Pa from "The Waltons" television series, hit a paperwork snag in his bid for the Democratic nomination to succeed the late Rep. Sonny Bono. Waite did not check a party affiliation when he filled out a new voter registration card in 1994, the Press-Enterprise reported Friday. Because he is not officially a Democrat, he cannot be the party's nominee, said Pauline Chamberlin, assistant chief registrar of voters.
May 9, 1986 |
When Ralph Waite accepted a role in South Coast Repertory Theatre's production of "Buried Child," he was "completely baffled" by the drama. But after nearly 40 performances of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a Corn Belt family ruined by its past, Waite now knows what playwright Sam Shepard is getting at. The SCR production, which runs through Sunday, features the 57-year-old actor as Dodge, the surly, drunken patriarch who carries the secret that is destroying the clan.
March 8, 1990 |
When anti-war activist and celebrity Ron Kovic told associates earlier this week he was scrapping plans to challenge Orange County Rep. Robert Dornan, things looked bleak for those who like a little Hollywood sizzle with their politics. But then came a bulletin from actor Ralph Waite. You remember him. Back in the 1970s, Waite played the gentle patriarch of a struggling, Depression-era Virginia family on the popular television series "The Waltons."
April 8, 1998 |
Mary Bono surged past a field of five opponents Tuesday to capture the House seat held by her late husband, Sonny, in a contest that mixed personal tragedy with public debate over her role as a widow. With roughly 80% of the precincts reporting, Republican Bono had 65.1% of the vote to 27.6% for Democratic rival Ralph Waite, the actor of "Pa Walton" fame. Four other candidates split the rest of the ballots--leaving Bono with far more than the 50% plus one needed to avoid a June runoff.
February 4, 1998
A Riverside County Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the county registrar to reinstate actor Ralph Waite as a Democrat, effectively allowing him to resume his campaign for the congressional seat vacated by the death of Sonny Bono, Waite aides said. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the long-running television series, "The Waltons," will square off against Republican Mary Bono, the congressman's widow.
January 28, 1998 |
Former TV star Ralph Waite must go to court to change his voter registration if he wants to run for the late Sonny Bono's congressional seat. Riverside County election officials told Waite that nothing in the state's elections code allows them to change his party affiliation to Democrat. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the 1970s television series "The Waltons," wants to run as a Democrat in the April 7 special election to replace Bono, who died in a Jan. 5 skiing accident.