Ron Masak

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Ron Masak
Ron Masak 1973.JPG
Masak in 1973.
Born (1936-07-01) July 1, 1936 (age 80)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959-present
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 the submarine action film Ice Station Zebra. In addition to two guest appearances on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, he also had a role in the pilot film for "Jeannie" star Barbara Eden's subsequent series Harper Valley PTA and worked again with "Jeannie" co-star Larry Hagman in an episode of the crime series The Rockford Files.


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 the Cadillac convertible-driving Sheriff, Mort Metzger, although he did make appearances as two other characters in the series, in "Footnote to Murder" as Lt. Meyer and in "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.[citation needed]

Selected filmography[edit]


  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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