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Published February 13, 2014, 08:21 PM

Ralph Waite, Papa Walton on ‘The Waltons,’ dead At 85

Ralph Waite, a prolific television actor who played John Walton, Sr. – Papa Walton – on the CBS series “The Waltons,” has died. He was 85.

Ralph Waite, a prolific television actor who played John Walton, Sr. – Papa Walton – on the CBS series “The Waltons,” has died. He was 85.

Waite died around 2 p.m. Thursday, his church confirmed to TheWrap.

The White Plains, N.Y., native served in the Marine Corps and was a Presbyterian minister before joining a summer theater program in 1963. Besides taking numerous roles in television, Waite ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California three times as a Democrat.

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