Ralph Waite – A Belated R.I.P.

Ralph Waite 1928-2014

Though Ralph Waite was probably best known for his role as ultimate father figure John Walton in TV’s The Waltons, fans of Bones and NCIS like me will also remember him fondly for his roles as Seeley Booth’s grandfather, Hank Booth, and Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ dad, Jackson Gibbs. In addition to being truly saddened by the news, I am also embarrassed as well to discover that he died almost a week ago, on Thursday, February 13, 2014. I completely missed what was reported about it on television and on the blogs I follow. I only know about it now because I stumbled upon the NCIS “Ralph Waite Tribute” marathon the USA Network is airing as I write this.

Here’s just a little of what I found with a few quick searches…

‘Waltons’ actor Ralph Waite dies at age 85 – CNN.com

Ralph Waite: ‘NCIS,’ ‘Bones’ casts honor late actor | Inside TV | EW.com

Ralph Waite was one of my all-time favorite actors. He will be missed…

I want ice water.

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12 thoughts on “Ralph Waite – A Belated R.I.P.

  1. R.I.P., Mr. Waite. In addition to The Waltons, he had roles in Cool Hand Luke, Five Easy Pieces, The Bodyguard and many others.

    Nowhere is his versatility more evident than in his own feature film, On the Nickel, which I was lucky enough to find on Amazon. In it, he plays a street person struggling with alcoholism. Remarkable performance. (With songs by Tom Waite!) Here’s the trailer:


    Ralph will be missed.


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