Michael Learned (left) and Ralph Waite starred in TV's hit series "The Waltons." Waite's manager, Alan Mills, says the 85 year-old actor died midday Thursday, in the Palm Springs area.
Ralph Waite, who plays the role of "Ed", (left) and director Corbin Bernsen during the filming of the movie "25 Hill" at Derby Downs in this April 7, 2010 photo. 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. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)