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Ralph Waite, Best Remembered As The Father On ‘The Waltons,’ Dies At 85
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Ralph Waite, best known to television audiences as the patriarch of the household on the 1970s CBS-TV series The Waltons, has died, according to the New York Times. He was 85. No cause of death was reported.

With his big hearted, weathered yet tender and reassuring demeanor, Waite’s character of John Sr. was the rock in the sea of trials and tribulations on The Waltons, and the presence of Waite’s performance gave a kind of father figure to everyone on the show as well, something that no doubt was probably felt by the actors when filming the program.

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Deal: ‘Get Smart,’ ‘Gilligan’s Island’ & ‘The Waltons’ DVD Box Sets
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One of my favorite TV shows ever is Get Smart, so it is with great pleasure that I report that today’s Amazon Gold Box spotlight deal of the day is Get Smart – The Complete Series Gift Set for $74.99 (that’s 62% off the list price price of $199.95).

Also as part of the Gold Box offer today, as part of Amazon’s week of Network TV DVD deals, is Gilligan’s Island: The Complete Series Collection for $43.99 (that’s 62% off the list price of $114.82) and The Waltons: The Complete Seasons 1-9 for $103.99 (that’s 62% off the list price of $275.98).

Note, these deals are for only for today — Saturday, May 8, 2010 — until midnight PST or before that while supplies last.

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