Waltons Star Ralph Waite dies at age 85
Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor. His best known role was as John Walton, Sr., on the 1970s CBS TV series The Waltons, and occasionally directed. He passed away on Thursday at his home in South Palm Desert.
Waite ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California as a Democrat on three occasions: in 1990 he challenged veteran GOP incumbent Al McCandless in the Riverside County-based 37th district, losing by five percentage points. In 1998 he ran in the special election for the then-Palm Springs-based 44th district left vacant by the death of incumbent Sonny Bono. He was defeated in that election by Mary Bono, Sonny’s widow, and lost to her again that November.
Ralph Waite appeared in movies like Cool Hand Luke, The Magnificent Seven Ride and tv series like NCIS and Roots.
Pauley Perrette, part of the “NCIS” cast, tweeted condolences for the man she referred to as Papa Gibbs.”We love him at NCIS SO much,” Perrette said. “So so sad.”