Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing John Walton Sr - Papa Walton - in the long-running TV show The Waltons, has died at the age of 85. February 13, 2014.

Waltons star Ralph Waite dies at 85

Actor Ralph Waite, best known for playing John Walton Sr - Papa Walton - in the long-running TV show The Waltons, has died at the age of 85. February 13, 2014.

Ralph Waite (1928–2014).  Born: June 22, 1928 in White Plains, NY, USA.  Died: February 13, 2014 (age 85) in Palm Desert, CA, USA.

Ralph Waite (1928–2014). Born: June 22, 1928 in White Plains, NY, USA. Died: February 13, 2014 (age 85) in Palm Desert, CA, USA.

Ralph Waite - NCIS - Jackson Gibbs.  Wonder if he ever head slapped Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Ralph Waite - NCIS - Jackson Gibbs. Wonder if he ever head slapped Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

with Ralph Waite while filming #NCIS200     (  he will always be john Walton to me ,<3 )

with Ralph Waite while filming #NCIS200 ( he will always be john Walton to me ,<3 )

Ralph Waite 1928-2014, age 85.  He died peacefully of age-related illnesses.  He was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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Ralph Waite 1928-2014, age 85. He died peacefully of age-related illnesses. He was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Exclusive: NCIS Eyeing a Season-Ending Send- Off for the Late Ralph Waite's Jackson Gibbs

Exclusive: NCIS Eyeing a Season-Ending Send- Off for the Late Ralph Waite's Jackson Gibbs

CBS’ NCIS will acknowledge the passing of TV vet Ralph Waite, who recurred as Gibbs’ father Jackson, before Season 11 comes to an end, TVLine has learned. RELATED

'NCIS' finale to pay tribute to Ralph Waite - the concluding episode hinges on Gibbs learning of his father's death and feeling torn between staying on a case and going home for funeral preparations.  NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who lost his wife a year ago, urges him away from D.C. and toward Stillwater. The episode will contain brief footage of Waite from previous episodes, along with newly shot flashbacks showing the two as young father and son.

'NCIS' finale to pay tribute to Ralph Waite

'NCIS' finale to pay tribute to Ralph Waite - the concluding episode hinges on Gibbs learning of his father's death and feeling torn between staying on a case and going home for funeral preparations. NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who lost his wife a year ago, urges him away from D.C. and toward Stillwater. The episode will contain brief footage of Waite from previous episodes, along with newly shot flashbacks showing the two as young father and son.

Ralph Waite - Cast - The Waltons | Hallmark Channel

Ralph Waite - Cast - The Waltons | Hallmark Channel

Ralph Waite, RIP......This makes me so sad.//I almost cried when I found out he passed...RIP, Raph Waite...

Ralph Waite, RIP......This makes me so sad.//I almost cried when I found out he passed...RIP, Raph Waite...

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