'Waltons' actor Ralph Waite dies at 85

PALM DESERT - Actor Ralph Waite—who is best known for his role on The Waltons—died Thursday afternoon at his Palm Desert home.

He was 85.

Waite had roles in shows like Bones and NCIS but his most notable role was John Walton, Sr. The Waltons aired from 1972 to 1981 and earned Waite an Emmy nomination. He was also nominated for his role on the Roots.

He also had roles in movies such as Cool Hand Luke, the Bodyguard and Cliffhanger.

Waite is survived by wife, Linda East, and three children.




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