Ralph Waite, left, played the father of Mark ­Harmon’s character on “NCIS.”


Pop culture Q&A: 'NCIS,' 'Bones' deal with Ralph Waite's death

  • Article by: Rich Heldenfels
  • Akron Beacon Journal
  • April 28, 2014 - 3:08 PM

Q: Ralph Waite, who died in February, played Jackson Gibbs, the father of Mark Harmon’s character, on “NCIS.” Is the show planning to have an episode dealing with his death?

A: TVLine reported shortly after Waite’s death that “NCIS” would deal with the death of his character in the season finale on May 13.

You also might know that Waite played the grandfather of David Boreanaz’s character on “Bones.” While people from both shows mourned Waite’s passing, a Fox representative said Waite’s death on “Bones” won’t be dealt with in the current season, which had already been worked out before he died. It’s still to be determined what will be done next season.

Charlene Tilton still acting

Q: Is Charlene Tilton from “Dallas” still acting? What movies and shows has she been in?

A: Tilton remains most famous for playing Lucy Ewing on the CBS version of the soap and some episodes of the TNT version. She still acts and has compiled a long list of screen credits, which include “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star,” “Superhero Movie” and “Reading, Writing & Romance.” You can find more titles on the Internet Movie Database (

More ‘Under the Dome’ coming

Q: Is “Under the Dome” coming back?

A: The drama, based on a Stephen King novel, begins its second season on June 30.

More fun and games with celebs

Q: In a recent column, someone asked about a 1970s show that featured regular people or celebrities doing stunts for prizes and money. You mentioned “Battle of the Network Stars.” However, the person might have been thinking of “Almost Anything Goes” which also was on ABC in the mid-’70s. It featured regular people but later had versions with kids and celebrities.

A: More than one reader mentioned “Almost Anything Goes,” so I offer it as an addendum to my earlier answer.

The series had three configurations. According to “The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows,” the original “Almost Anything Goes” ran in prime time on ABC in 1975-76 and included competitions among three teams from small towns; Charlie Jones was one of the hosts. “Junior Almost Anything Goes,” with Soupy Sales hosting, followed in 1976-77 and aired on weekend mornings. Then there was a syndicated version with celebrities, “All Star Anything Goes,” in 1977-78; Bill Boggs hosted that one.


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