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Ralph Waite Dead - 'The Waltons' Patriarch Dies at 85

Ralph Waite Dead - 'The Waltons' Patriarch Dies at 85

Ralph Waite, who was most famous for playing the patriarch John Walton on the beloved series The Waltons, has died at the age of 85.

The actor died midday on Thursday (February 13) at his home in South Palm Desert, Calif., a representative of his family told The Hollywood Reporter.

Ralph was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1978 for his work on The Waltons, which he starred on for nine years. More recently, he has appeared as a guest star on many episodes of NCIS and has been a recurring star on the soap opera Days of Our Lives for the past few years.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Ralph‘s family and friends during this difficult time.

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  • yolly

    Another good actor gone. RIP.

  • Kiki

    That’s sad. I liked him a lot in NCIS.

  • chelle

    I’m so sad!!! I grew up watching him on The Walton’s…. he was the best!

  • http://goudyliv84 gou4055

    So sad to have to say goodbye to another great talent. I grew up watching The Waltons and was even named after his beautiful, strong, independent wife, Mrs. Walton. When you grow up watching a show like this, they become part of your life and childhood, and it hurts to say goodbye. In Walton fashion, I say, “Goodnight Ralph Waite.”

  • Tracy

    Oh noooooooooooooo I really liked him!!!! Very sad now :(
    I don’t remember the Waltons, but I loved him in The Bodyguard!

  • ohhh

    gonna miss his character on ncis. always good. hope they honor and write him out with a nice gibbs tribute. due

  • Lena

    Oh that is so sad. I wonder if the writers of Bones & NCIS will pay a tribute to him considering he played the father of both Booth & Gibbs, who are the main male figure in their respective TV shows. I really liked him in both. RIP Mr. Waite

  • Sheri

    My heart is sad … I grew up watching The Waltons and never missed a single episode. I can remember my Nana making my sister and me ice cream sundaes while we watched the show … such fond memories from childhood. Ralph seemed like such a genuinely kind man – he was great as Daddy Walton. God bless his family … he was a great actor.

  • will B. missed

    Loved waching his character ont hr Waltons.

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