Barry Garron, Former Chief TV Critic for The Hollywood Reporter, Dies at 72

Barry Garron, the genial Midwesterner who spent greater than a decade because the chief tv critic for The Hollywood Reporter, has died. He was 72.

Garron died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation facility in Gilbert, Arizona, after being hospitalized throughout the Memorial Day weekend, in keeping with his daughter, Rachel Dain. He had battled Crohn’s illness since his 20s and likewise had bouts with most cancers.

Garron was identified to his colleagues and pals for his easygoing demeanor and encyclopedic information and keenness for tv that he parlayed into jobs as a critic for The Kansas City Star and then THR.

After working at the Star from 1973 via 1997, Garron moved to Los Angeles and joined the THR employees in 1998. He served as chief TV critic earlier than leaving the publication as a full-time worker in 2009, then freelanced for many retailers. He was writing up till his dying.

Garron was such a pleasant man, it appeared incredulous that he might ever write a damaging assessment, however he did when the job referred to as for it.

Garron was a former president of the TV Critics Association who lined the group’s winter and summer season press excursions for 4 a long time, and he was wanting ahead to attending the following installment in July (the final in-person occasion was held in January 2020, earlier than the pandemic).

He additionally was a frequent backstage presence at the Emmy Awards, protecting the occasion for years.

“He liked being a journalist,” his daughter mentioned.

Born in Chicago on Sept. 2, 1949, Barry Scott Garron graduated from Sullivan High School on the North Side in 1966, then studied journalism and political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, incomes a pair of levels in 1971.

He would obtain his MBA diploma from Missouri’s longtime rival, the University of Kansas, in 1980 however remained a loyal fan of UM sports activities, together with its soccer crew, touring to Columbia every now and then and attending alumni occasions.

Garron labored for a spell at newspapers in Columbia and upstate New York earlier than becoming a member of the Star as an schooling author.

“Out of pure happenstance, there was a gap for a TV/radio critic,” he mentioned in a 2021 interview. “I had my doubts about that, however I used to be wanting to see another points of journalism. As quickly as I began doing that, I knew it was the factor for me.”

Over the years, Garron struck up an in depth friendship with Ed Asner, who was born and raised in Kansas City, and dined typically at the actor’s dwelling in Tarzana.

In 2016, Garron moved to Mesa, Arizona, and two years later revealed The Jeopardy! Book of Answers, which he co-wrote with Harry Friedman, the sport present’s longtime govt producer.

He not too long ago donated about 4,000 political marketing campaign buttons — about one-third of his assortment that spanned the Eighteen Nineties via 1996 — to his Missouri alma mater. “It appeared like a century was a great time to cease,” he mentioned.

Survivors embrace his daughter, Rachel, who labored as a manufacturing engineer for KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV in L.A.; son-in-law David; granddaughters Sierra and Alisa; brother David; sister-in-law Myrna; niece Courtney; and nephew Daniel.

His spouse of 38 years, Sandi, died in 2010. She and Garron had been founding members of Temple (*72*) Chadash and Temple Beth Torah within the L.A. space.

Donations in his title will be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

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