Barry Garron, The Hollywood Reporter’s former Chief TV Critic, died on the age of 72

The Hollywood Reporter’s longtime chief television reviewer, Barry Garron, has passed away. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 72 in an Arizona rehab center.

His daughter Rachel Dain and his old publication both confirmed his demise. Although there was no indication of a specific cause of death, Garron was admitted to the hospital over Memorial Day weekend and had previously battled Crohn’s disease and cancer.


Before beginning as a critic for The Kansas City Star in 1973, Garron worked at newspapers in Columbia and upstate New York. He left The Kansas City Star in 1997 to go to Los Angeles and join the THR team. Up until 2009, he served as the publication’s chief television reviewer. After that, he started working as a freelancer. Up until his passing, he was active.


He served as the TV Critics Association’s previous president and covered its press tours for forty years, both in the winter and the summer.


He was born on September 2, 1949, in Chicago. He attended the University of Missouri–Columbia to study journalism and political science, graduating with two degrees in 1971. Later, he graduated from the University of Kansas with an MBA.


After relocating to Mesa, Arizona, in 2016, Garron wrote The Jeopardy! Book of Answers with Harry Friedman, a longtime executive producer of the game show.


His daughter Rachel, a production engineer for KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, as well as his son-in-law David, grandchildren Sierra and Alisa, brother David, sister-in-law Myrna, niece Courtney, and nephew Daniel are his surviving family members.


Sandi, his 38-year-old wife, passed away in 2010. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will accept contributions in his honor.