Family Album

This 1975 file photo shows the cast of the television series "The Waltons," including Ralph Waite, top row, left, Richard Thomas, top row, center, and Michael Learned, top row, right. Waite, 85, who played the father in TV's hit series "The Waltons," has died. Waite's manager, Alan Mills, says the actor died midday Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in the Palm Springs area.
Ralph Waite, who played the kind patriarch of a tight-knit rural Southern family on the TV series "The Waltons," has died, his manager said Thursday. He was 85.