Ron McGovney (born November 2, 1962) was the original bassist for Metallica.
James and Ron had previously played together in Leather Charm.
He was a friend of James and Lars. Ron was always the target for Dave Mustaine. Ron quit Metallica because of a fight with Dave. Ron himself appeared on Metallica's VH1: Behind The Music. Ron and both Hetfield and Ulrich are still good friends.