Ronald Alan Masak (July 1, 1936 – October 20, 2022) was an American actor. He began working as a stage performer, and mostly was involved in theater until transitioning to film and television becoming a familiar character actor. From 1988 to 1996, Masak played the recurring role Sheriff Mort Metzger in the CBS mystery series Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury, who predeceased him by only 9 days.Masak's early television appears includes roles on The Twilight Zone, Get Smart, The Monkees, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. From 1970 to 1973 he appeared in the ABC anthology comedy series Love, American Style. He then starred in another ABC series, Love Thy Neighbor (1973). He then earned roles in the NBC crime series Police Story (1975-1978), and in the ABC sitcom Webster (1983-1989). From 1988 to 1996, Masak portrayed the recurring role of Sheriff Mort Metzger of Cabot Cove in Murder, She Wrote, taking over for Tom Bosley's Sheriff Amos Tupper. During this time he also guest starred on various shows such as Rockford Files, Quincy M.E., Magnum P.I., and Diff'rent Strokes. He's also known for his film roles in Ice Station Zebra (1968), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), and Harper Valley PTA (1978).