'Waltons' patriarch Ralph Waite dies at 85: Had role in NCIS, Bones, Days of Our LIves

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."

"He was a wonderful guy," Mills said. "He was always kind, always generous, and a joy to work with."
   
"The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as Ralph Walton, and Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist. The gentle family drama was set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia.
 
 The show was narrated by its creator, Earl Hamner Jr., who based it on his family memories.
 
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