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January 30, 1911|
London, England, UK
|Died||October 23, 1986
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Television, stage actor|
Ronald Long (January 30, 1911 – October 23, 1986), was a British actor who appeared principally in American television shows of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He was born in London and performed at the Old Vic Theatre there before moving to America in the late 1940s.
His longest-running role was as the character "Evans Baker" on the CBS daytime soap opera Love of Life from 1951 to 1957. He had roles in various Broadway shows, including the Police Inspector in the drama, "A Pin to See the Peep Show" (1953), and Dr. Blimber in the comedy "Nature's Way" (1957). His film debut was in Two Loves (1961).
While his name may not be well-known, he made many memorable appearances in character roles in 1960s sitcoms, including Get Smart, Hogan's Heroes, I Dream of Jeannie, and Green Acres. He had several roles on Bewitched, including Henry VIII. He also played the loud and blustery Captain Bligh/Charles Laughton-like "Admiral Zahrk" who constantly bellowed about "Mister Kidno" and his missing goat cheese in the Lost in Space episode "Mutiny in Space." He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of title character Arthur Hennings, who, as a former Nazi official, had assumed a new identity, in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Renegade Refugee." He also played murder victim Franz Hoffer in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Fugitive Fraulein." Other TV appearances include parts on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Batman(episode 110 in 1967), The Time Tunnel, Mission: Impossible, Mannix and Columbo.
Long also famously appeared as the picky eater in a classic Stan Freberg advertisement for Sunsweet Pitted Prunes. Satisfied that his objection to prune pits had been resolved, Long remarked, "They're still rather badly wrinkled, you know."
He died at the age of 75 in Burbank, California.