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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85.  The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in rural Virginia in the Great Depression. The wholesome series, which also starred Michael Learned as his wife, Olivia, and Richard Thomas as his eldest son John-Boy, famously ended with a vignette in which the family said goodnight as they turned off the lights.
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February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Ralph Waite, best known for starring in the CBS series "The Waltons" from 1972 to 1981, died Thursday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., at the age of 85.  The actor played John Walton Sr., the kind-hearted patriarch of a large, poor family living in rural Virginia in the Great Depression. The wholesome series, which also starred Michael Learned as his wife, Olivia, and Richard Thomas as his eldest son John-Boy, famously ended with a vignette in which the family said goodnight as they turned off the lights.
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February 13, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85. Waite, a Palm Desert resident, died Thursday, his manager, Alan Mills, told the Associated Press. The cause was not immediately determined, Mills said. Waite had been in good health and appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives. " "The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as John Walton; Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | Times staff and wire reports
Ralph Waite, an actor who played the patriarch of a Depression-era Virginia family on the classic television series "The Waltons," has died. He was 85. Waite, a Palm Desert resident, died Thursday, his manager, Alan Mills, told the Associated Press. The cause was not immediately determined, Mills said. Waite had been in good health and appeared last year in episodes of the series "NCIS," "Bones" and "Days of Our Lives. " "The Waltons," which aired on CBS from 1972 to 1981, starred Waite as John Walton; Richard Thomas played his oldest son, John-Boy, an aspiring novelist.
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January 24, 1998 | Associated Press
Actor Ralph Waite, best known as Pa from "The Waltons" television series, hit a paperwork snag in his bid for the Democratic nomination to succeed the late Rep. Sonny Bono. Waite did not check a party affiliation when he filled out a new voter registration card in 1994, the Press-Enterprise reported Friday. Because he is not officially a Democrat, he cannot be the party's nominee, said Pauline Chamberlin, assistant chief registrar of voters.
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May 9, 1986 | CHALON SMITH
When Ralph Waite accepted a role in South Coast Repertory Theatre's production of "Buried Child," he was "completely baffled" by the drama. But after nearly 40 performances of this Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a Corn Belt family ruined by its past, Waite now knows what playwright Sam Shepard is getting at. The SCR production, which runs through Sunday, features the 57-year-old actor as Dodge, the surly, drunken patriarch who carries the secret that is destroying the clan.
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March 8, 1990 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When anti-war activist and celebrity Ron Kovic told associates earlier this week he was scrapping plans to challenge Orange County Rep. Robert Dornan, things looked bleak for those who like a little Hollywood sizzle with their politics. But then came a bulletin from actor Ralph Waite. You remember him. Back in the 1970s, Waite played the gentle patriarch of a struggling, Depression-era Virginia family on the popular television series "The Waltons."
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February 4, 1998
A Riverside County Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the county registrar to reinstate actor Ralph Waite as a Democrat, effectively allowing him to resume his campaign for the congressional seat vacated by the death of Sonny Bono, Waite aides said. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the long-running television series, "The Waltons," will square off against Republican Mary Bono, the congressman's widow.
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January 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Former TV star Ralph Waite must go to court to change his voter registration if he wants to run for the late Sonny Bono's congressional seat. Riverside County election officials told Waite that nothing in the state's elections code allows them to change his party affiliation to Democrat. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the 1970s television series "The Waltons," wants to run as a Democrat in the April 7 special election to replace Bono, who died in a Jan. 5 skiing accident.
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April 25, 1990 | STEVEN HERBERT
Riverside County congressional candidate Jeffrey Jacobs will appear on KCOP Channel 13's public-affairs program "A.D.I." May 6 as a result of the station broadcasting a film last week that featured his competitor, Ralph Waite, station manager Rick Feldman said Tuesday. Jacobs will be on the 6 a.m. show for 10 minutes, the same amount of time that Waite was on-screen for "A Wedding on Walton's Mountain," a 1982 made-for-television movie that KCOP aired last Wednesday.
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August 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
After failing to muster much financial support for his congressional campaign against Rep. Mary Bono, the man who played Pa on TV's "The Waltons" has bowed out of the race. Democrat Ralph Waite was unable to build support for his campaign despite weeks of effort. Fellow Democrats in Congress, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other political organizations are focusing their attention on more competitive races, his campaign said. "Mr.
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April 8, 1998 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
The two major parties appeared to be headed for a split decision Tuesday as Republican Mary Bono and Democrat Barbara Lee led the field in a pair of special elections to fill congressional seats in Palm Springs and the East Bay area. Both front-runners hoped to avoid a June 2 runoff by capturing more than half the vote in crowded contests. Voter registration favored the status quo in each race.
NEWS
April 8, 1998 | MARK Z. BARABAK, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
Mary Bono surged past a field of five opponents Tuesday to capture the House seat held by her late husband, Sonny, in a contest that mixed personal tragedy with public debate over her role as a widow. With roughly 80% of the precincts reporting, Republican Bono had 65.1% of the vote to 27.6% for Democratic rival Ralph Waite, the actor of "Pa Walton" fame. Four other candidates split the rest of the ballots--leaving Bono with far more than the 50% plus one needed to avoid a June runoff.
NEWS
February 4, 1998
A Riverside County Superior Court judge Tuesday ordered the county registrar to reinstate actor Ralph Waite as a Democrat, effectively allowing him to resume his campaign for the congressional seat vacated by the death of Sonny Bono, Waite aides said. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the long-running television series, "The Waltons," will square off against Republican Mary Bono, the congressman's widow.
NEWS
January 28, 1998 | Associated Press
Former TV star Ralph Waite must go to court to change his voter registration if he wants to run for the late Sonny Bono's congressional seat. Riverside County election officials told Waite that nothing in the state's elections code allows them to change his party affiliation to Democrat, Assistant Registrar John Wilber said. Waite, who played Pa Walton on the 1970s television series "The Waltons," wants to run as a Democrat in the April 7 special election to replace Bono, who died in a Jan.
NEWS
January 24, 1998 | Associated Press
Actor Ralph Waite, best known as Pa from "The Waltons" television series, hit a paperwork snag in his bid for the Democratic nomination to succeed the late Rep. Sonny Bono. Waite did not check a party affiliation when he filled out a new voter registration card in 1994, the Press-Enterprise reported Friday. Because he is not officially a Democrat, he cannot be the party's nominee, said Pauline Chamberlin, assistant chief registrar of voters.
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April 21, 1990 | STEVEN HERBERT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time in as many months, a Los Angeles television station has been asked for equal time by a Riverside County congressional candidate after the station aired a film starring Ralph Waite, who is also seeking the seat. Jeffrey Jacobs, who is running against Waite for the Democratic nomination in the 37th Congressional District, contacted KCOP Channel 13 on Thursday after it broadcast "A Wedding on Walton's Mountain" at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
NEWS
November 4, 1990 | JENIFER WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They may live in a trend-setting state where the latest is invariably the greatest, but California voters have displayed a stubborn allegiance to tried and tested members of Congress, reelecting incumbents at a rate that could discourage the heartiest of challengers. Since 1982, when the current boundaries for the state's 45 congressional districts were drawn, only one incumbent on the general election ballot--Jerry Patterson in Orange County--has been unseated.
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