'NCIS' finale to pay tribute to Ralph Waite - the concluding episode hinges on Gibbs learning of his father's death and feeling torn between staying on a case and going home for funeral preparations. NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who lost his wife a year ago, urges him away from D.C. and toward Stillwater. The episode will contain brief footage of Waite from previous episodes, along with newly shot flashbacks showing the two as young father and son.
Ralph Waite - American actor and director. An acting assignment to “pick up a couple of bucks” turned into a nine-year job for Mr. Waite on one of America's most popular television series. #WaltonsDaddy Survived by his wife, Linda East (married, 1984), and his two daughters, Kathleen and Suzanne. He was 85. (February 13th)
Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928-February 13, 2014) Ralph Waite reportedly died peaceful due to "old-age " reloaded illnesses. ,Ralph Waite was an actor best known for his role as John Walton on TV's The Waltons in the 70s. He is also known for his role as Slater in Roots.