Ralph Waite: Mourned by Members of NCIS, Bones and Days of Our Lives

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Television legend Ralph Waite died yesterday at the age of 86.

And while the long-time actor will forever be remembered by many as the patriarch on The Waltons, he also enjoyed recurring roles on Bones, NCIS and Days of Our Lives in recent years.

Therefore, in the wake of his passing, representatives from all those programs have released statement in memory of the star.

Ralph Waite on TV

“Everyone at NCIS is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Ralph Waite," Mark Harmon said. "Ralph was family to us, a tremendous talent and a very special man. We truly cherish the time we had with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones.”

Waite’s final appearance on the drama was via an emotional NCIS Season 11 episode that aired in November and which explored the relationship between Gibbs and his dad.

“All of us at Bones mourn the loss of Ralph Waite," says series creator Hart Hanson. "We loved having him on set and in many ways his character was the moral center of our show as Booth’s plainspoken, loving, war hero grandfather. The entire Bones family sends condolences to his family and loved ones.”

Finally, a few Days of Our Lives cast members paid tribute to Waits on Twitter.

“#RIPRalphWaite. I was thinking of how wonderful you are today & hoped to give you a Valentine. Heaven just welcomed a selfless, kind heart," Jen Lilley posted, while Eric Martsolf added:

“Ralph Waite. Rest in peace and thank you sir.”

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Rose amato

looking forward to the finally so they can honor rallph waite

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We were so sad to hear that Ralph Waite had passed away . He will be fondly remembered as Pa Walton , Gibb's dad in NCIS and Booth's Grandad in Bones . A brilliant actor , who will be much missed .

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Ralph Waite was a wonderful actor.Knew him in the Walton's as a child and got to know him again as Jackson Gibbs.RIP.

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Thank you USA for having a Jackson Gibbs (Ralph Waite) tribute marathon on Wednesday February 19th. It was excellent with a special moment of IN MEMORIAM.

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Let me just say Ralph Waite was A1...regardless of any role he played....he was top notch...a man with extraordinary class.....RIP...you will be sadly missed

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Mr. Ralph you will be missed. My heart goes out to your family and friends.

Cathy brown

I wonder how the cast and writers of NCIS will handle Ralph Waite's passing. Will they make like Jackson Gibbs dies, and Jethro finds out and has to go to Stillwater to take care of his late father 's estate and store? How will they, if they do, write in Jackson Gibbs' passing, maybe a heart attack or a stroke. Those seem like likely scenarios to me.

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..Mr Waite's passing is shocking to say the least....he will always be remembered fondly...his character on the Walton's was the spittin' image of my own Daddy who has been gone for over a decade...& his characters on NCIS and Bones always warmed my heart....my heart goes out to his loved ones...xox...

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A sad day for all, not just NCIS fans. My prayers are with his family, personal and professional.

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I'm gonna miss Ralph too. He was a great actor, and did OK playing Jackson Gibbs on NCIS. Besides, nobody knows if this character would ever be written out of the show. Anyway, goodbye, Ralph.

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