Deadline reports that actor Ron Masak, best known for Murder, She Wrote, has died at the age of 86.
Masak’s passing was announced by one of his daughters on the Ron Masak Fan Page of Facebook.
“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,” she wrote. “He was surrounded by his wife and all six children.”
Reports, citing Masak’s granddaughter, are indicating that the passing was the result of natural causes. It is said to have occurred at the Thousand Oaks hospital in California.
Who was he?
Born in Chicago Illinois in 1936, Masak would go on to enjoy an entertainment career that lasted for more than six decades.
The most well-known of Masak’s roles is likely that of Sheriff Mort Metzger on the television series Murder, She Wrote. Masak played the role in eight of the show’s 12 seasons. Masak’s passing, incidentally, occurred nine days after the passing of Murder, She Wrote star Angela Lansbury, who died at the age of 96.
Masak, besides Murder, She Wrote, made appearances in many other well-known television shows, including The Flying Nun, Webster, The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, Columbo, and many others.
Masak was also well-known for his work on commercials, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s. Among other things, he was the frontman for Vlasic pickles for a 15-year period. And, due to his work on commercials, Masak became known as “The King of Commercials.”
In addition to all of this, Masak was also known for participating in numerous charity events for such foundations as Wounded Warriors and Child Help.
“Touched so many”
Masak is survived by a large family that includes his wife, Kay Knebles, his six children, and their 10 grandchildren.
It is not clear which daughter wrote the message on the Facebook page. But, in that message, the daughter expressed how she and her family will remember Masak.
“We will remember him as a husband, a Father, a Papa, a Father in Law, and a great friend,” she wrote. “He has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed.”