Barry Garron, former chief TV critic for The Hollywood Reporter, died June 23 at a medical facility in Gilbert, Arizona. He was 72 years old.
Garron, well-liked in the industry as a “genius Midwesterner,” spent just over a decade as a celebrity critic for The Hollywood Reporter. He was there at the dawn of the premium TV era, writing the first review of The Sopranos for publication, among other defining shows from Will & Grace to The West Wing to Jimmy Kimmel’s 2003 ABC debut .
Born in Chicago, Garron attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned dual degrees in journalism and political science in 1971, according to THR. He worked for the Kansas City Star newspaper for nearly 25 years, beginning in 1973, initially as an educational writer. When the opening took place, Garron jumped at the chance to become a TV/radio critic for the newspaper, he told THR last year.
“As soon as I started doing it, I knew it was the right thing for me,” Garron recalls.
Garron moved to the West Coast and joined the Hollywood Reporter in 1998. In his final years he worked as a chief TV critic before leaving the brand in 2009. He remained active as a freelance TV critic and commentator until his final weeks.
Garron moved to Arizona in 2016. In 2018 he released The Jeopardy! Book of Answers, co-written with Harry Friedman, longtime executive producer of Jeopardy.
Garron had suffered from Crohn’s disease since his 20s and also had bouts of cancer. According to THR, Garron’s survivors include a daughter, Rachel, who worked as a production engineer for KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, as well as two granddaughters and a brother.
Garron’s 38-year-old wife, Sandi, died in 2010.
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