Ralph Waite Dead: The Waltons Star Dies Aged 85 (VIDEO)

'The Waltons' actor Ralph Waite has died at home, aged 85.

Ralph, who was best known for playing the ultimate father figure John Walton, passed away late on Thursday in Palm Desert, California.

Ralph Waite in The Waltons

Ralph starred throughout the nine seasons of 'The Waltons' from 1972 and the subsequent TV film sequels.

He went on to appear in episodes of 'NCIS', 'Days of Our Lives', 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Bones'.

Michael Learned, who portrayed Ralph's on-screen wife in the series, told The Hollywood Reporter: "Ralph was a good honest actor and a good honest man.

Ralph in 2012

Ralph is survived by his third wife Linda East and two daughters Kathleen and Suzanne.

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