Waltons star, Ralph Waite dies at 85 - 19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports

Waltons star, Ralph Waite dies at 85

Posted: Updated:
Ralph Waite, Waltons star, dies at the age of 85. Ralph Waite, Waltons star, dies at the age of 85.
PALM DESERT, CA (CNN PATHFIRE) -

Actor Ralph Waite, best known as Pa Walton from the TV series "The Waltons" has died at the age of 85.

Waite starred as the patriarch John Walton, Sr. of the iconic TV family from 1972 - 1981.

He also dabbled in politics, attempting several unsuccessful bids for Congress as a Democrat in the Palm Desert area.

Waite continued acting into his 80s, with appearances on current hit shows like "NCIS" and "Bones."

An accountant for Waite's family and his church confirmed his death.

Neither disclosed the cause of death.

Copyright 2014 via CNN Pathfire. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow