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Ralph Waite

21 June 1928 to 13 February 2014

An American actor who received two Emmy nominations during the course of his career for a supporting role in Roots (1977), and for his most famous role as John Walton Sr. in The Waltons (1972-1981). Waite’s acting career spanned over 50 years and his final role was in Days of Our Lives (2009-2013).

- Read Ralph Waite's Guardian obituary here