Rest In Peace, Ralph Waite

Aww. No sarcastic jokes or foolishness here — just sad news to report. Ralph Waite, most famous for his role as John Walton on The Waltons and known to Days viewers as Father Matt, has died at 85.

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Father Matt has been a comforting presence over the past five years — he’s one of those reliable supporting players who has really fleshed out Salem in a wonderful way — and I’m sure he will be missed by the Days gang as well as by his family and friends. Rest in peace.

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6 Comments on “Rest In Peace, Ralph Waite”

  1. fluffysmom Says:

    I enjoyed Mr. Waite’s portrayal of Father Matt. He will be missed.

  2. Dan Says:

    Fr. Matt has been a wonderful part of the fabric the past few years. It was delightful to see him return during the DAYSaster to comfort Nicole. He has been such a nice talk-to for the ‘lost souls’ of Salem (Nicole, Chloe).

    I do hope they deal with this onscreen as I think it might be a good way to enhance the current story with Eric and Nicole. Maybe that’s wrong, but I think the passing of Fr. Matt could force Nicole’s hand and make her realize the error of her ways.

    St. Luke’s has been such a strong setting for the show this past year Waite’s absence will be noticeable. Fr. Louis is a suitable replacement, but he doesn’t give off the same vibe that Fr. Matt has.

    • mykleraus Says:

      I’m going to miss him. I really enjoyed him back with Chloe in 2009-2010, and he’s been a wonderful presence since Eric’s return. I also hope they’ll address it onscreen — Eric reacting to Father Matt’s passing could really have a big impact, too.

  3. fluffysmom Says:

    I agree that the show should address Father Matt’s passing.

  4. Ben Says:

    He will forever be in my heart. God Bless him.

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