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.

'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 - 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 - 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.

During the old days ballplayers had to keep various side-gigs during the winter off-season.  Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto sold suits, John McGraw had a vaudeville show for a short time, and Waite Hoyt was a mortician.  Sometimes players spent their winter, especially if they were younger, going to school.  Proof of that is featured in the photo above.  It is a press photo, dated Monday, October 11, 1947 of Ralph Branca getting back to the books less than a week after losing the 1947 WS

During the old days ballplayers had to keep various side-gigs during the winter off-season. Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto sold suits, John McGraw had a vaudeville show for a short time, and Waite Hoyt was a mortician. Sometimes players spent their winter, especially if they were younger, going to school. Proof of that is featured in the photo above. It is a press photo, dated Monday, October 11, 1947 of Ralph Branca getting back to the books less than a week after losing the 1947 WS

Ralph Waite --  June 22, 1928 -  Died: February 13, 2014, at his home in Palm Desert, California. Famous from the Walton's and as Father Matt on Days of Our Lives Soap Opera. RIP    http://www.today.com/entertainment/ralph-waite-patriarch-waltons-dies-85-2D12112807

Ralph Waite -- June 22, 1928 - Died: February 13, 2014, at his home in Palm Desert, California. Famous from the Walton's and as Father Matt on Days of Our Lives Soap Opera. RIP http://www.today.com/entertainment/ralph-waite-patriarch-waltons-dies-85-2D12112807

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 )

The Waltons (tv - 1972 - 1981) Richard Thomas, Judy Norton, Jon ...

The Waltons (tv - 1972 - 1981) Richard Thomas, Judy Norton, Jon ...

Ralph Waite - American actor and director. An acting assignment to “pick up a couple of bucks” turned into a nine-year job for Mr. Waite on one of America's most popular television series. #WaltonsDaddy Survived by his wife, Linda East (married, 1984), and his two daughters, Kathleen and Suzanne. He was 85. (February 13th)

Ralph Waite - American actor and director. An acting assignment to “pick up a couple of bucks” turned into a nine-year job for Mr. Waite on one of America's most popular television series. #WaltonsDaddy Survived by his wife, Linda East (married, 1984), and his two daughters, Kathleen and Suzanne. He was 85. (February 13th)

From Jon Walmsley The Waltons cast were all together for a lovely evening at Michael Learned's house in November. It was great for all of us to reconnect. Before Ralph left the party, he asked each of us what we were up to and if we were happy. I don't know if he knew this would be the last time we would see each other but I'm so glad we had the chance to spend this time together. R.I.P. Ralph Waite. ;(

From Jon Walmsley The Waltons cast were all together for a lovely evening at Michael Learned's house in November. It was great for all of us to reconnect. Before Ralph left the party, he asked each of us what we were up to and if we were happy. I don't know if he knew this would be the last time we would see each other but I'm so glad we had the chance to spend this time together. R.I.P. Ralph Waite. ;(

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