Ron Masak Actor Obituary – Cause of Death: Sheriff Mort Metzger on ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ Ron Masak dies at 86, just one week after Angela Lansbury’s death.
Ron died peacefully at the age of 86 on October 20, 2022 surrounded by his adoring family in Thousand Oaks, California, his family announced.
Ron was born July 1, 1936, in Chicago to Floyd Louis Masak and Mildred Alice Rudy.
He began as a stage performer, and much of his work was in theater until he transitioned to film and television, where he became a familiar character actor.
“This is Ron’s daughter and it is with a very heavy and broken heart that today October 20, 2022 our Father Ron Masak passed at the age of 86,” Masak’s daughter announced via a Facebook post.
“He was surrounded by his wife and all six children. Ron was known for his expansive career in the entertainment industry. He was best known as “The King of Commercials,” as well as for his role as Sheriff Mort Metzger on ‘Murder, She Wrote’.”
“Ron also spent many years playing an integral role in various charity events for Wounded Warriors, Child Help, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, and many more. Most importantly, we will remember him as a husband, a Father, a Papa, a Father in Law, and a great friend. He has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.”
Ron married Kay Knebes in 1961; they had six children. He was also the first cousin of actor Michael Gross of Family Ties and former Saturday Night Live cast member Mary Gross.
Masak was honorary sheriff of Tarzana, California for 35 years.