|First appearance||"The Shrinkman Returneth" (8.02)|
|Last appearance||"Time is Up for Today" (11.22)|
|Guest appearances||Maris: 8.12|
Dr. Ron Hardy is a main character in the Frasier-based fan fiction spin-off Crane Life.
Ron is a suave and somewhat brash psychiatrist who worked under Andrew Sharp for several years before the series began. After a long period of absence, he returns to the practice in Season 8 in order to deal with a lawsuit involving a former patient. Andrew allows him to resume his work at the practice and Ron quickly gets back in the swing of things. Mid-way through the season, his world is turned upside down by the arrival of his secret ten-year old son, Justin, who is left in his care by his drug addicted mother and Ron's former flame, Wendy. Wendy returns in the season finale clean from drugs and they agree to split custody of Justin. In the series finale, Ron departs the practice alongside his colleagues following its closure.