'NCIS' finale to pay tribute to Ralph Waite - the concluding episode hinges on Gibbs learning of his father's death and feeling torn between staying on a case and going home for funeral preparations. NCIS Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), who lost his wife a year ago, urges him away from D.C. and toward Stillwater. The episode will contain brief footage of Waite from previous episodes, along with newly shot flashbacks showing the two as young father and son.
Ralph Waite -- June 22, 1928 - Died: February 13, 2014, at his home in Palm Desert, California. Famous from the Walton's and as Father Matt on Days of Our Lives Soap Opera. RIP http://www.today.com/entertainment/ralph-waite-patriarch-waltons-dies-85-2D12112807