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Who is Ron Masak and what was the cause of his death?

Character actor Ron Masak, well known for playing Sheriff Mort Metzger on “Murder, She Wrote,” passed away on Thursday. He was 86.


Cause of Death

Ron Masak died of natural causes and was flanked by his wife Kay and six children, according to a family statement.

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Ron Masak Early Life and Career

Ron Masak, who was born in Chicago, Illinois on 1 July 1936, studied drama at Chicago City College and debuted with the Drama Guild in 1954. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he appeared in iconic television series, including “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” (1978).

Ron Masak, Murder, She Wrote Star and Character Actor, Dead at 86

As Sheriff Mort Metzger on “Murder, She Wrote” from 1985 until its conclusion in 1996, he appeared in over 40 episodes of the beloved series. During the 1980s and 1990s, Masak also gained a reputation as the “King of Commercials,” mostly owing to his voiceover work for Vlasic pickles, Rice-A-Roni, and other brands.


Film Career

Masak has also been in about 25 movies, such as “Ice Station Zebra” (1968), “Second Effort” (1968), “A Time for Dying” (1969), “Evel Knievel” (1971), “Laserblast” (1978), “Listen to Me” (1989), “The Benchwarmers” (2006), and “Angels on Tap” (2018). Masak was working on “The Curse of the Gorgon” and “Quigley 2,” which was in the pre-production stage when his IMDb page was made.

Masak was a big part of many charity events over the years, including ones for Wounded Warriors, Child Help, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Special Olympics, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

His wife, Kay, their six children, and ten grandchildren will remember him.


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