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February 13, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Rough week for the classics.

Ralph Waite, a hard-working actor best known for his role as the father on CBS’ hit drama “The Waltons” during the 1970s but more recently seen in recurring roles on “NCIS” and “Days of Our Lives,” has died. He was 85.

Waite was nominated for two Emmys, one for his role as John Walton Sr. on “The Waltons” in 1978 and another for his role in the miniseries “Roots” the previous year.

The actor appeared on “The Waltons” during its entire run from 1972-81 as well as in a number of “Waltons” telepics that followed. He also directed 16 episodes of the series.

Waite also appeared in a number of feature films, including classics “Cool Hand Luke” in 1967 and “Five Easy Pieces” in 1970, as well as several in the early 1970s including “Chato’s Land,” “The Magnificent Seven Ride!” and “The Stone Killer” before settling in with “The Waltons.” More recently he appeared in Kevin Costner-Whitney Houston vehicle “The Bodyguard” in 1992, Sylvester Stallone vehicle “Cliffhanger” in 1993, “Sioux City” in 1994 and John Sayles’ “Sunshine State” in 2002 and “Silver City” in 2004.

I really didn’t watch a lot of television when I was a kid but this was one of the few shows I would see regularly. There’s an almost 1950s sort of innocence to it even though it was a hit two decades after that.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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I think he ran against Sunny Bono who turned out to be a fine constitutionalist. I heard Ed Asner say on the Hanity show a few years back they "If you understood Communism, you would embrace it" I can not watch that man to this day.
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He was a virulent leftist. Think Nancy Pelosi or Wendy Davis. Definitely NOT the old-school Walter Mondale gentleman type. Nasty, vindictive, hateful.

We found that out when the Dems tried to run him for Congress in California one year, and, thankfully, he got about as much traction as bald tires on black ice.

Heh. They tried it with Ed Asner, too, with the same results. It was fun watching them scratch their heads and try to figure out why the Republicans could kick their butts with one California actor and they couldn't get to first base with the same method.

It never occurred to them that Reagan actually had something more than acting skills to offer America. To this day they have never admitted any possibility of that.
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He was "Daddy" Walton, not "Pa" Walton.
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He's #3!
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