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'Waltons' patriarch dies at 85

Los Angeles (AP) -- Ralph Waite, who played the father in TV's hit series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85.

Waite was best known for his role as family leader in the 1970s series.

Though the series has been off the air for decades, it can still be seen in reruns, and Waite had continued as a working actor.

Waites agent said the actor had scored recent roles on "NCIS" and "Days of Our Lives."

 
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