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The Waltons actor Joe Conley dies at 85

Joe Conley in 2001
Image caption Conley starred in the long-running series for more than 10 years

US actor Joe Conley, best known for his role as shopkeeper Ike Godsey in long-running TV series The Waltons, has died aged 85.

His wife, Louise, said he died at a care home in Newbury Park, California, on 7 July.

Conley, who starred in The Waltons for more than 10 years, had been suffering from dementia.

He landed the role of the Jefferson County general store owner when the series started in 1972.

The actor spent most of his on-screen time opposite Ronnie Claire Edwards, who portrayed his bossy wife Corabeth Walton Godsey.

Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1928, Conley moved to California to pursue an acting career after serving in the army during the Korean War.

He had bit parts in the 1960s series Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies before he joined The Waltons.

He published his autobiography, Ike Godsey of Walton's Mountain, in 2009.

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