Ralph Waite, the rock-solid father of TV's family drama 'The Waltons,' dies at 85

  • by: LYNN ELBER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 14, 2014 - 3:54 AM

LOS ANGELES — Ralph Waite, who played the kind-and-steady patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," died Thursday, his manager said. He was 85.

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