Ralph Waite To Be Honored In ‘NCIS’ Season Finale

‘NCIS’ Season Finale To Address Ralph Waite’s Death

‘Waltons’ Patriarch Ralph Waite Dies At 85

He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He also directed more than a dozen episodes of the CBS series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms. He scored an Emmy nomination for the role in 1978. Most recently he recurred on Bones and as Mark Harmon’s father, Papa Gibbs, on NCIS, but his acting credits date to the mid-1960s.