Longtime SAG officer Ron Soble, a recipient of the guild’s highest activism award, died Thursday in L.A. after a battle with lung and brain cancer. He was 74.
He was elected to the Screen Actors Guild’s national board of directors for 10 years and was twice elected national 3rd VP. 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 1998, he was awarded the Ralph Morgan Award for Distinguished Service to the Hollywood Branch of SAG.
“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,” said SAG treasurer Kent McCord.
As an actor, Soble’s feature credits include “Chisum,” “True Grit,” “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Al Capone,” “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “Raw Hide” and “Papillon.”
In the early 1960s, Soble was a regular on the ABC series “The Monroes.” Other appearances include “Charlie’s Angels,” “Streets of San Francisco,” “Harry O,” “Rockford Files,” “Gunsmoke,” “Mission: Impossible” and “The Virginian.”
Soble was born and raised in Chicago. He was Golden Gloves boxing champ in Chicago in 1944 and played football for the U. of Michigan.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elynor Soble of Mission Hills, Calif.; two daughters and three grandsons.
A memorial service will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Hollywood. In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made to the SAG Foundation.