LOS ANGELES - Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV's hit series "The Waltons," has died.
Waite's manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday in the Palm Springs area. He was 85.
Waite was best known for his role as the patriarch in the 1970s series "The Waltons," but he had had remained a working actor.
Mills did not know the cause of death. He said he was taken aback because Waite had been in good health and still working. He appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives."