Character Actor, Sheriff On ‘Murder, She Wrote’ Dies At 86

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Ron Masak was born on July 1, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up to be an accomplished actor who stared in 25 feature films and made guest star appearances on an impressive 350 TV shows.

Masak was best known for his role as Sheriff Mort Metzger on the show “Murder, She Wrote.” He was also known as the “King of Commercials” since he appeared in and did voiceover for hundreds of TV and radio commercials. For example, he was the voice of the stork in Vlasic Pickle commercials. 

On Friday, Masak’s daughter shared the sad news that her father had passed away at the age of 86. She explained, “He was surrounded by his wife and all six children.” She went on to list many of his film and TV credits. Then she wrote, “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.”

According to Masak’s granddaughter, Kaylie Defilippis, Masak died of natural causes in Thousand Oaks, California. His former co-star, Angela Lansbury, died just nine days before Masak. She was 96 years old.

Many fans commented on the post about Masak’s death. One wrote, “So sorry for your loss. I have been rewatching Murder She Wrote as a tribute to Angela Lansbury. Ironically its Season 5 which was your father’s first season as Mort Metzer. He had guested in several previous episodes as different characters. He was a wonderful actor and I look forward to continuing to enjoy his performances. My best to you and your family.”

Another fan wrote, “So very sorry for your family’s loss. May you each find peace and comfort in fond memories and in knowing your dad brought many years of entertainment to his many fans. How poignant it is that Ms Lansbury (Mrs Fletcher) would go ahead and prepare a welcome for him and(Sheriff Metzger) My most sincere condolences to you and your family. Ron will be sorely missed.”

Due to the outpouring of love from friends, family and fans, Masak’s family posted an update sharing that they have started a GoFundMe to help Masak’s wife, Kay, during this difficult time. They were married for 61 years.

Masak’s family shared, “We know our Dad was an extra special man to us, but to read the kind words about him from friends and fans has warmed our hearts.”