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The Waltons' Ralph Waite has died, aged 85

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Ralph Waite - Brought joy and wisdom to generations as 'Daddy' in The Waltons

Ralph Waite, the actor known to generations as father John Walton Sr in classic television show The Waltons, has died.

Waite passed away on Thursday at his home in South Palm Desert, California.

Actress Michael Learned, who played Waite's wife Olivia in The Waltons, said: "Ralph was a good honest actor and a good honest man. He was my spiritual husband. We loved each other for over 40 years.

"He died a working actor at the top of his game. He was a loving mentor to many and a role model to an entire generation. I'm devastated."

In recent years, Waite had played Jackson Gibbs in NCIS and Hank Booth in Bones.

Among his film credits were Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces, The Magnificent Seven Ride!, Cliffhanger and The Bodyguard.

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