Ron Masak

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Ron Masak
Ron Masak 1973.JPG
Masak in 1973.
Born (1936-07-01) July 1, 1936 (age 79)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Kay Knebes (1961-Present) 6 Children

Ron Masak (born July 1, 1936) is an American actor. He began as a stage performer, and much of his work is in theater.


In 1968 he appeared alongside Vince Lombardi in the short film, Second Effort, a film that has been called "the best-selling training film of all time".[1][2] That same year, he also appeared in a supporting role in Howard Hughes last film, Ice Station Zebra. He also had a role in the Barbara Eden movie Harper Valley PTA.


His first screen role was as the Harmonica Man in "The Purple Testament", an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1960. Masak appeared as "Mike the boxer" on "The Flying Nun", season 1, episode 26 ("Where There's a Will"), which first aired March 13, 1968. Masak appeared as "Officer #2" on Bewitched, Season 7, Episode 4 ("Samantha's Hot Bedwarmer"), first aired on October 15, 1970. He also had a guest appearance as Beauregard Jackson in the episode "Hurricane" on Land of the Lost. He appeared in the second season of Barney Miller episode of "The Horse Thief" as officer Shriker, and was a guest star in the "Welcome Home, Vince" episode of The Feather and Father Gang in 1977 and in the episode "The Two-Million-Dollar Stowaway" of The Eddie Capra Mysteries in 1978. In 1981 Masak guest starred on the Magnum, P.I. episode "Skin Deep". He also guest starred in Quincy, M.E.

He is perhaps best known for a recurring role on Murder, She Wrote as Sheriff Mort Metzger, although he did make two other appearances in "Footnote to Murder" as Lt. Meyer and "No Accounting for Murder" as Marty Giles.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, he was dubbed "The King of Commercials" for his many commercials, including voice-over work, most notably for a Vlasic pickles ad. From 1982 to 1983 he did the voice of Meatballs on the CBS cartoon series Meatballs & Spaghetti. He also did the voice for Veteran Holt in the video-game Medal of Honor: European Assault.

In 1990 Masak was a panelist on the revival of the television game show, To Tell the Truth, and appeared on several other game shows as a panelist (including Match Game and Super Password).

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to Kay Knebes since 1961, and they have six children.

Masak is good friends with former baseball player Steve Garvey. As a result, he made appearances in the 1989 Steve Garvey Celebrity Skiing Classic (as shown in 2004 and 2006, respectively, on ESPN Classic's Cheap Seats) and in the 1990 Steve Garvey Celebrity Billfish Tournament.


  1. ^ Maraniss, David. "Coach, Symbol, Savior". Page 2. Retrieved 2010-01-19. 
  2. ^ Overman, Stephen J. (1999). ""Winning Isn't Everything, It's The Only Thing", the Origin, Attribution, and Influence of a Famous Football Quote" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-19. 

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