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Ralph Waite, Star Of 'The Waltons,' Dies At 85

13 February 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Ralph Waite, who portrayed the patriarch of the celebrated The Waltons family, died on Thursday, Feb. 13, at the age of 85.

Waite, a prolific television actor, stared in The Waltons as John Walton Sr. from 1972-1981, during which time he also appeared in the historic Roots mini-series and a few Waltons TV movies. Waite worked consistently until his death, most recently appearing as a recurring character in Bones, NCIS and Days of Our Lives.

'NCIS' And 'Bones' Honor Ralph White

NCIS and Bones have both released statements expressing their grief at the loss and sending love to his family and friends.

“Everyone at NCIS is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Ralph Waite. Ralph was family to us, a tremendous talent and a very special man. We truly cherish the time we had with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones,” the NCIS »

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Hollywood Remembers Ralph Waite, Patriarch of 'The Waltons'

13 February 2014 6:40 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Hollywood is saying a fond goodnight to Ralph Waite, who played beloved family patriarch John Walton on The Waltons for nine years. The actor died midday on Thursday at his home in South Palm Desert. Judy Norton, who played Mary Ellen Walton from 1971 to 1981, told The Hollywood Reporter in a statement: "There are no words to express the loss of Ralph Waite. My friend, my co-worker, my 'Daddy.' "You will forever live on in my heart and in the lives of all you have touched over your lifetime. We are lucky to have known you. R.I.

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- Aaron Couch, Debbie Emery

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Ralph Waite, Patriarch of The Waltons, Dies at 85

13 February 2014 6:20 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Ralph Waite, known to millions as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons - and, more recently, as the Mark Harmon character's father, Jackson "Jack" Gibbs, on the CBS hit NCIS - died at his Palm Desert home at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the Desert Sun. He was 85. The paper reports that his longtime friend, Jerry Preece, showed up for a lunch and movie date only to find ambulances and Waite's wife, Linda Waite, at the house. "She just told me she thought he’d passed," said Preece, who ascribed his friend's death to a "tired heart. »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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'The Waltons' dad Ralph Waite dies at age 85

13 February 2014 6:12 PM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Ralph Waite, who played John Walton Sr. on The Waltons for nine seasons, died Thursday at age 85. While he’s best known for his Emmy-nominated role as the patriarch on the long-running 1970s CBS drama, Waite has had recent recurring roles on NCIS, Bones, and Days of Our Lives.

EW spoke with Waite last year for our annual Reunions Issue, bringing the Walton family back together more than three decades after their show went off the air. “What has moved me the most is the mail I’m still getting,” Waite told EW at the time. “They tell me that I was their surrogate father, »

- Sean Smith

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