Ron McLarty

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Ron McLarty
Born Ronald W. McLarty
(1947-04-26) April 26, 1947 (age 70)
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Occupation Actor, playwright, author
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Kate Skinner

Ron McLarty (born April 26, 1947) is an American actor, playwright and author.


McLarty began his career in theatre during the early 1970s with one of his earliest professional performances being the role of Lucky in Michael Weller's Moonchildren for the play's American premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. in November 1971. McLarty continued with the production when it moved to Broadway in 1972.

Character actors Richard Jaeckel and Ron McLarty also co-starred as Spenser's police contacts (TV show "Spenser For Hire"), Boston homicide detectives Lt. Martin Quirk and Sgt. Frank Belson, respectively. Spenser was a cop himself 8 years previously

Although he enjoyed a successful career as an actor, he had not had much luck finding a publisher for his novel The Memory of Running, until Stephen King happened upon an audiobook version (narrated by McLarty himself), and praised it as "the best book you can't read".[1] This led to the book's publication by Viking Press, and its rapid rise to bestseller status. McLarty is an accomplished narrator - besides Running, he has provided the narrative for a number of audiobooks, including Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the unabridged audiobook Decision Points by George W. Bush (the abridged version is narrated by the former president himself).

A graduate of Rhode Island College, class of 1969, Mr. McLarty was commencement speaker and received a Doctor of Humanities degree from RIC in 2007.



Audio books[edit]

A partial list:

Title Author Un-/Abridged Read by Published
The Memory of Running Ron McLarty UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2004-01-16
Zero Day David Baldacci UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy 2011-04-11
Brian's Hunt Gary Paulsen UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2003-12-23
The Gift Danielle Steel UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2012-07-20
Salem's Lot Stephen King UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2008-02-05
Valhalla Rising: A Dirk Pitt Adventure Clive Cussler ABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2001-08-13
The Great Brain John D. Fitzgerald UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2002-05-28
Miracles and Massacres Glenn Beck UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2013-11


  1. ^ MacDonald, Jay. "Book Page feature and interview with McLarty". Retrieved 2008-03-09.

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