John S. Ragin was an American television and film actor who was best known for his role as Dr. Robert Asten, M.E. in the popular TV series Quincy, M.E. (1976–83). He also appeared in many other shows and movies, such as The Parallax View, Earthquake, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He had a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, but sadly, he passed away in 2013 at the age of 83. What was the cause of his death? How did he spend his final days? Here are some facts and details about John S. Ragin’s life and death.
Early Life and Career
John S. Ragin was born on May 5, 1929, in Irvington, New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University on a scholarship but later changed to Carnegie Tech. He studied in Europe with two grants from the Fulbright Program. He started his acting career in the 1960s, appearing in various stage, screen, and voice roles. He made his debut on television in Alfred Hitchcock Presents in 1960, and his first film appearance was in Doctors’ Wives in 1971. He was a versatile actor who could play different types of characters, from serious to comedic, from villains to heroes. He was especially good at portraying authority figures, such as doctors, lawyers, and politicians.
Quincy M.E. and Other Roles
John S. Ragin’s most famous role was Dr. Robert Asten, M.E., the chief medical examiner and boss of the titular character, Dr. Quincy, played by Jack Klugman, in the TV series Quincy, M.E. The show was a medical drama and a mystery thriller that followed the investigations of Dr. Quincy, who often clashed with his superiors and the police over his unconventional methods and opinions. Dr. Asten was one of those superiors, who was often frustrated by Dr. Quincy’s antics, but also respected his skills and integrity. John S. Ragin played the role from 1976 to 1983, appearing in 127 episodes. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 1979 for his performance.
John S. Ragin also appeared in many other TV shows and movies, such as The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I., Ironside, The Bold Ones, Get Smart, Cannon, McCloud, The Parallax View, Earthquake, Murder, She Wrote, and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also did voice work for documentaries and animated films, such as Copernicus and The Land Before Time. His last acting role was Dr. Grant Jameson on the soap opera Santa Barbara in 1990-91.
Personal Life and Death
John S. Ragin was married to actress Lynne Marta, who also appeared in Quincy, M.E. as Dr. Quincy’s girlfriend, Lee Potter. They had no children. John S. Ragin was a private person who avoided the spotlight and preferred to spend his time with his family and friends. He was also an avid reader and a lover of classical music. He retired from acting in the early 1990s and lived a quiet life in Los Angeles.
On April 4, 2013, John S. Ragin died of non-communicable disease, according to Wikispro. He was 83 years old. He was cremated and his ashes were interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. He is survived by his wife, Lynne Marta, and his brother, Robert Ragin. He is remembered by his fans and colleagues as a talented and professional actor who brought life and depth to his characters. He is also remembered as a kind and gentle person who was loved by many. He left behind a legacy of work that will continue to entertain and inspire generations of viewers.