Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series “The Waltons,” died Feb. 13, his manager said. He was 85.
1975 The cast of the television series “The Waltons,” included Ralph Waite, top row, left; Richard Thomas, top row, center; and Michael Learned, top row, right. Waite, 85, who played the father in the hit series, died Feb. 13 in the Palm Springs, Calif., area, his manager, Alan Mills, said. /AP Buy Photo