Ralph Waite played Papa John Walton from 1972-1981. That show was huge, and influenced a lot of us in a good way. Rather than glamourize the sexual revolution or the emerging drug culture as many shows of the 1970's did they glamourized family, hard work, and church. Well they all attended church except for Papa. The funny thing was in reality Ralph was an ordained minister. Anyways Ralph Waite passed away yesterday, February 13, 2014, at age 85.
You can see on his IMDB page he was working right up till the end, most recently on Days of Our Lives and NCIS. One final lesson for us all about work. And now he can Rest In Peace. For those of you who are too young to remember the Waltons the final scene was the much parodied and often imitated good night scene.