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Ralph Waite dies: Friends, co-stars react to death of 'Waltons' actor

Ralph Waite dies: Friends, co-stars react to death of 'Waltons' actor

Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85. 

The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in rural Virginia in the Great Depression. The wholesome series, which also starred Michael Learned as his wife, Olivia, and Richard Thomas as his eldest son John-Boy, famously ended with a vignette in which the family said goodnight as they turned off the lights.

On Thursday, Waite's co-stars reacted to the news of his passing.

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