Waite starred as Ben Walker for 23 episodes of the show, which centered on an attorney who retired to become a steamboat captain. The series ran for two seasons, from 1983-1984.
He played Herb Farmer, the father of Kevin Costner's character, in the 1992 Whitney Houston hit.
Waite acted opposite Sylvester Stallone in 1993's Cliffhanger, where he played the good-guy helicopter pilot Frank.
From 2003 to 2005, Waite had a recurring role as Reverend Norman Balthus on HBO's Carnivale, a part befitting a man who once served as an ordained minister on Long Island.
'Letters to God'
He appeared in the 2010 Christian film, about an eight-year-old boy with cancer who enjoys writing letters to God.
Waite played Hank Booth, the grandfather of David Boreanaz's character, on three episodes of Bones. Executive producers Hart Hanson and Stephen Nathancalled his character "the moral center of our show."
He played Jackson Gibbs in eight episodes of the CBS procedural from 2008-2013.
"Homeland's" Nicholas Brody became the latest casualty in a long line of shows -- from "M*A*S*H" to "ER" to "Walking Dead" -- that have offed main characters in the middle of a series run. View gallery