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Ron Masak, Sheriff on ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and ‘King of Commercials,’ Passes Away at the Age of 86

The actor Ron Masak, best known for playing Sheriff Mort Metzger, passed away on Thursday at the age of 86.

Ron Masak, an actor best known for playing Sheriff Mort Metzger on the television series “Murder, She Wrote,” passed away on Thursday at the age of 86. Masak passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife Kay and six kids, according to a family statement cited by Variety in a report.

Masak, who was born on July 1st, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois, studied drama at Chicago City College before making his acting debut in 1954 with the Drama Guild, according to Variety. He would appear in classic television shows like “The Twilight Zone” (1960), “The Monkees” (1968), “Get Smart” (1968), “I Dream of Jeannie” (1968–69), “Bewitched” (1969–70), “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1971), “Love Thy Neighbor” (1973), “Police Story” (1975–1978), and “Wonder Woman” during the 1960s and 1970s (1978). He received his big break in 1985 as Sheriff Mort Metzger on “Murder, She Wrote,” and he appeared in more than 40 episodes of the acclaimed program until its conclusion in 1996. In the 1980s and 1990s, Masak first rose to fame as the “King of Commercials,” largely as a result of his voiceover work for products like Rice-A-Roni and Vlasic pickles.

A further 25 full-length films featured Masak, including “The Benchwarmers” (2006), “Angels on Tap,” “Ice Station Zebra,” “Second Effort,” “A Time for Dying,” “Evel Knievel,” “Laserblast,” and “Listen to Me” (2018). According to his IMDb bio, Masak was connected to two films that were in pre-production: “The Curse of the Gorgon” and “Quigley 2.” Masak has made significant contributions over the years to a number of worthwhile causes, including the Special Olympics, the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Child Help, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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He is survived by his wife Kay, their six children, and their ten grandchildren, according to Variety’s reports. (ANI)

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