Ron Glass Dies At 71
Very sad news. Ron Glass, an actor best known for his role as detective Ron Harris in the long-running cop comedy “Barney Miller”, has died at age 71. He died Friday of respiratory failure.
Although best known for “Barney Miller”, Glass appeared in dozens of other shows in a television and film career dating to the early 1970s. He portrayed Derrial Book, the spiritual shepherd with a cloudy past in the 2002 science-fiction series Firefly” and its 2005 film sequel “Serenity.”
He was Felix Unger opposite Desmond Wilson’s Oscar Madison in “The New Odd Couple,” a 1980s reboot of the original Broadway show, film and television series that this time cast black actors in the lead roles of Unger’s prissy neat freak forced to share an apartment with slovenly friend Madison.
Glass was also the voice of Randy Carmichael, the genial neighbor and father of four children in the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series “Rugrats” and its spinoff, “All Grown Up.”
He also made appearances in such shows as “Friends,” ”Star Trek: Voyager” and “Designing Women.” More recently he appeared in episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Early credits included “All in the Family,” ”Maude,” ”Sanford and Son” and “Hawaii Five-0.”
Glass was nominated for a supporting actor Emmy in 1982.Raised in Evansville, Indiana, Glass received a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama and literature from the University of Evansville.