Ron McLarty

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Ron McLarty
Ronald William McLarty

(1947-04-26) April 26, 1947 (age 72)
EducationRhode Island College
Years active1971–present
Diane Tesitor
(m. 1969; her death 2002)

Kate Skinner (m. 2004)

Ronald William "Ron" McLarty (born April 26, 1947 in East Providence, Rhode Island) is an American actor, playwright, narrator and novelist. He is regarded as one of the country's leading audiobook narrators, having done over 100 titles and received many Audie Awards.

McLarty has appeared in numerous television series, films and stage productions. He has also written dozens of plays and 10 novels, notably The Memory of Running (2004).


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.


  • The Dropper. New York: Random House, Books on Tape, 2009 (audiobook), ISBN 0-307-70459-9
  • Art in America. New York: Viking Press, 2008, ISBN 0-670-01895-3
  • Traveler. New York: Viking Press, 2007, ISBN 0-670-03474-6
  • The Memory of Running. New York: Viking Press, 2004, ISBN 0-670-03363-4



Year Title Role Notes
2014 St. Vincent Principal O'Brien
2010 How Do You Know George's Lawyer
2005 Into The Fire Walter Hartwig, Sr.
2005 Trump Unauthorized Fred Trump Television film
1997 The Postman Old George
1995 Two Bits Irish Man
1991 A Little Piece of Heaven Agent Mr. Jack Daniels Television film
1987 The Father Clements Story O'Hare Television film
1983 Tiger Town Buddy Television film
1983 Enormous Changes at the Last Minute John Raferty
1978 Bloodbrothers Mac


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Person of Interest Lou Mitchell Episode: "All In"
2008 The Return of Jezebel James Ronald Tompkins 7 episodes (3 aired episodes)
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Joseph Malloy
2005 Law & Order: Trial By Jury Judge William Wright
2000–2002 Courage the Cowardly Dog 39 episodes
2000 Sex And The City Dr. Talley Episode: "Hot Child In The City"
1996 Champs Coach Harris 12 episodes
1991–2008 Law & Order Judge William Wright 6 episodes
1991 Law & Order Defense attorney Scoler Episode: "Asylum"
1990 Cop Rock Detective Lieutenant Ralph Ruskin 12 episodes
1985–1988 Spencer: For Hire Sgt. Frank Belson 65 episodes
1983 The Berenstain Bears Play Ball Papa Bear (voice) Television specials
1982 The Berenstain Bears' Comic Valentine
1981 The Berenstain Bears' Easter Surprise
1980 The Berenstain Bears Meet Bigpaw
1979 The Berenstain Bears' Christmas Tree


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Batman: Dark Tomorrow Commissioner James Gordon[2]

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
The Escape David Baldacci UNABRIDGED Ron McLarty 2014


  1. ^ MacDonald, Jay. "Book Page feature and interview with McLarty" Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2008-03-09.
  2. ^ . 2003-03-18 Retrieved 2019-04-17. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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