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May 2, 2002

Screen Actors Guild Mourns Passing of Ron Soble

Los Angeles – Screen Actors Guild National Treasurer Kent McCord issued the following statement upon learning the death of former SAG Vice-President and Board Member Ron Soble.

“On behalf of the 98,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild, our sincere sympathy and prayers go to the family of Ron Soble. Ron's tireless determination and selfless dedication to the cause of creating protections for actors as they work anywhere in the world will stand as an example for all performers of the difference one man speaking his mind can make .”

Ron Soble, passed away today after a battle with lung and brain cancer. He was 74.

Soble appeared in a wide range of programs from the 1950's to the late 1990's. His rugged, muscled appearance helped establish him as a tough guy on screen. He played supporting roles in Chisum, True Grit, The Cincinnati Kid, and Al Capone. In the early 1960's, Soble was a regular on the ABC series The Monroes, playing Indian Jim for two seasons alongside cast members Barbara Hershey and Michael Anderson, Jr. In 1966, Soble played Wyatt Earp in the Star Trek television series.

Other notable appearances on Charlie's Angels, Streets of San Francisco, Harry O, Rockford Files, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, and The Virginian, among many others, kept Soble visible and engaged in the acting career that was his passion. Most recently, he played the judge in the 1999 hit Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He had film roles in Raw Hide, Papillon, Joe Kidd, and Navajo Run, among others.

(Webmaster Note: Ron Soble played Kava in Episode 12, "The Cure," of the Planet of the Apes TV Series.)

Early in 2002, Soble was awarded the Golden Boot Award for his many roles in western films throughout the years.

Soble will be remembered by Screen Actors Guild (SAG) members whose wages, benefits and working conditions he fought to protect. In his own words, he'd been known to be "argumentative, outspoken, and occasionally confrontational." In his efforts to defend the benefits and working conditions for the working actor.

He was elected to the SAG National Board of Directors for ten years, twice being elected National Third Vice President. He was a member of both the TV/Theatrical and Commercial contract negotiating teams and served as a trustee for the SAG-Producer Pension and Health Plans for six years.

In June 1998, Soble was awarded the Ralph Morgan Award for Distinguished Service to the Hollywood Branch of the SAG to a standing ovation crowd of 600 gathered at the Sheraton Universal Hotel.

Soble was born and raised in Chicago. He began studying acting while a student at the University of Michigan. A lifelong athlete, Soble was a 1952 U.S. national champion in the running broad jump, and he won the Golden Gloves in boxing in Chicago in 1944. He played football for the University of Michigan in the late '40's, where he was graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served two tours of duty with the United States Army.

Soble's commitment to fitness and passion for sports continued throughout his life. He enjoyed golf and worked energetically to perfect his golf swing. Other favorite pastimes included working out regularly at the gym and watching sports on television. Soble enjoyed lifelong relationships with friends he met in grade school, high school, and college.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elynor Soble of Mission Hills, daughters Laura Soble (Eric Hansen) from the Bay Area, Nancy Soble Juetten (Steve Juetten) from Bellevue, WA, and three grandsons, Nathan and Zachary Hansen, 13 and 7, and Kyle Juetten, 5.

A memorial service will take place Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City in the Terrace Room. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.