HomeTVBonesRalph Waite Dead at 85 Luke Kerr February 14, 2014 11 Comments The Waltons icon and Days of Our Lives star Ralph Waite passed away on February 13. He was 85. The actor, whose career spanned decades, portrayed the father of Mark Harmon's character on NCIS. He also made appearances as the grandfather of Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) on Fox's Bones. 11 Responses harlee490 February 14, 2014 Gosh, heard this very early morning on the news at the restaurant. He was iconic when it comes to TV dads. His last appearances would have to be on Days, I would think but not sure. Mr. Waite rest in peace and Godspeed 0:) Log in to Reply MysteryStory February 14, 2014 I saw news of his passing on TV this morning and kept saying to myself that I saw him recently. I didn’t even think about him being on Days! Log in to Reply blake3b February 14, 2014 Oh wow, and he was on Days before he passed. It’s strange he passed because he seemed fine and healthy for his age. At least he still liked working and was still very active before he passed. Log in to Reply MotownKate4Soaps February 14, 2014 Same age as Shirley Temple who we lost earlier in the week. Wonder if they will write this into the Days story like they eventually did for Jeanne Cooper and John Ingle. At least since the church is decent background for other stories. Log in to Reply Yoryla February 14, 2014 Rest In Peace. Loved him as Father Matt, he was great! Log in to Reply Miry February 14, 2014 He was also on NCIS as Agent Gibbs’ dad. Great actor. Log in to Reply Patchworks February 14, 2014 Ralph Waite’s earnest demeanor really came through in his portrayal of Father Matt. Rest in peace. Log in to Reply CrazyDaisy February 15, 2014 He looked really good for his age, I had no idea he was 85! He seemed like a really nice man, it was wonderful he was able to do what he loved up until the end of his life. RIP Ralph Waite, Shirley Temple and Sid Caesar, a lot of sad loses this week but they all lived long, interesting lives. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon February 15, 2014 He also appeared in the mini-series Roots. He was one of the great TV actors, although somewhat under-appreciated. I’m not sure if he ever won an Emmy. Days hasn’t addressed the absence of Father Matt. I wonder if they will. Goodnight, Pa. Log in to Reply CarlyCfan February 15, 2014 R.I.P Father Matt. Log in to Reply shirls429 February 16, 2014 :(( loved Ralph Waite and loved him on Days❤ Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.