Ron Masak

Highest Rated: 55% Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
Lowest Rated: 43% Ice Station Zebra (1968)
Birthday: Jul 1, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
Often introduced as "one of America's most familiar faces," it's likely that you've caught a glimpse of Ron Masak either in one of his over 300 appearances in various television shows, on that commercial that lingers in the back of your memory somewhere (he was once blessed with the moniker "king of commercials" and was the voice of the Vlassic Pickle Stork for 15 years), or maybe in one of his 15 feature film appearances. Whatever you might recognize him from, if you don't remember his name, he's the guy that you know you've seen somewhere before, but just might not be able to place where. A native of Chicago, IL (he was once offered a contract with the Chicago White Sox by Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby), Masak was classically trained as an actor at the Windy City's own CCC. A tireless performer, Masak found an initial platform for his talents in the Army, where he toured the world entertaining in an all-Army show in which he served as writer, performer, and director. Masak became well-known not only for his acting abilities, but for the fact that he was a dedicated performer who never missed a show. Proving himself adept at roles ranging from Shakespeare to his almost decade-long stint as the sheriff on Murder She Wrote, Masak thrived in theater and in commercial work around Chicago in the late '50s and early '60s.After a few minor roles in such television series as Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Monkees, and The Flying Nun (not to mention what many consider to be one of the earliest Elvis impersonations on the Spade Cooley Show in 1958), Masak was spotted by producer Harry Ackerman early in his career and went to California to audition for a lead in a pilot. Though that particular prospect fell through, Masak was introduced to John Sturges, a meeting which resulted in his feature debut in the cold-war thriller Ice Station Zebra (1968). Masak's work as an emcee is another testament to his universal appeal and versatile likeability; he has served as host for some of the biggest names in show business, including such talents as Kenny Rogers and Billy Crystal. Masak also starred in four of the most successful sales motivational videos of all time, including Second Effort with Vince Lombardi and Ya Gotta Believe with Tommy Lasorda (which Masak also wrote and directed). The first recipient of MDA's Humanitarian of the Year Award, Masak's work as field announcer for the Special Olympics and his eight-year stint as host of The Jerry Lewis Telethon represents only a fraction of his remarkable work as a compassionate philanthropist, and though Masak's film work may not be as prolific or as frequent as his extensive television work, his roles in such films as Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) are always memorable and constantly ring true with an appeal that often leaves a lasting impression, even though his screen time may be brief and his characters secondary.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Angels on Tap Actor 2018
No Score Yet No Code of Conduct Julian Disanto 1999
No Score Yet When Time Expires TV Evangelist 1997
No Score Yet Listen to Me Monica's Father 1989
No Score Yet Harper Valley P.T.A. Herbie Maddox 1978
No Score Yet The Man from Clover Grove Actor 1978
No Score Yet Laserblast Sheriff 1977
No Score Yet In the Glitter Palace Ruggiero 1977
No Score Yet Woman Accused Ruggiero 1977
No Score Yet Evel Knievel Pete 1971
No Score Yet The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker 1st Baseball Fan 1971
55% Tora! Tora! Tora! Lt. Laurence Ruff 1970
No Score Yet Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Paul Fanning 1969
43% Ice Station Zebra Paul Zabrinczski 1968

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Gus Medica
  • 2008
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Eddie Fenelle
  • 1998
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Lt. Meyer Sheriff Mort Metzger
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet Webster
1983-1989
Woody
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Diff'rent Strokes
1978-1986
Ray
  • 1985
No Score Yet Remington Steele
1982-1987
Cranston
  • 1985
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
1980-1988
J.J. Stein
  • 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Ed Shannon Dick Wilcox
  • 1981
  • 1979
100% Wonder Woman (1976)
1975-1979
Duane Morrisey
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Virgil Cheski
  • 1977
No Score Yet Good Times
1974-1979
Sloane
  • 1977
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Mike Mitchell
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Michaels
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Ed
  • 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Ed Campbell
  • 1970
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Buck Clancey Bates Policeman #2
  • 1970
  • 1969
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Joe MacWhorter
  • 1969
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Monkees
1966-1968
Dracula
  • 1968
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Man with Harmonica
  • 1960

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