Sad news to report. Ralph Waite who was iconic for his role as the patriarch of The Walton clan, John Walton Sr. on CBS’ drama series, The Waltons, and has more recently been seen as Father Matt on Days of our Lives for almost 1oo episodes has passed away at the age of 85!
Waite also had been recurring since 2008 as Papa Gibbs, the father of Mark Harmon’s character, on NCIS. And according to Deadline.com on Waite’s passing the shows cast and crew offered this statement : “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 talented and beloved actor also had in a recurring role in the television Bones as the grandfather of David Boreanaz’s character, and appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Cold Case and The Practice.
What do you think of the news of the death of Ralph Waite? Did you have the opportunity to see him in The Waltons back in the 70′s? Did you enjoy his work as Father Matt on DAYS? Share your thoughts below!