Ralph Waite, who became a household name for his portrayal of the family patriarch on The Waltons, died on Thursday afternoon at his home in South Palm Desert.
He was 85. No other details about his death were released.
Waite became a TV legend after playing John Walton Sr for nine years in the hugely successful TV show The Waltons, which ran from 1972 - 1981.
He received an Emmy nomination in 1978 and one the year before for his role in Roots.
After his success in The Waltons he appeared on NCIS, Grey's Anatomy and Bones.
The Hollywood veteran also had parts in movies like Cool Hand Luke and *Five Easy Pieces" before he landed the role of John Walton Sr.
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