By TRN Staff Writers,
He shot to fame as the slick dressing, smooth talking, quick witted detected on the TV series Barney Miller in the 70s and worked as an actor until the end. Actor Ron Glass had been reportedly battling several illnesses over the course of the last few months, he passed away Friday at the age of 71. A representative for the actor is disclosing few details of the actor’s death but confirms the actor suffered respiratory failure that led to his death on November 25th.
Longtime fans first came to know Glass’ acting ability when he portrayed the dapper detective who often showed his brain power as Detective Ron Harris on the TV series “Barney Miller”. For eight years, he and the squad at the Greenwich Village precinct handled the law and managed to keep us laughing while doing it. The show also starred Hal Linden and Abe Vigoda who died in January of this year. The series was highly rated winning two Golden Globes and two Emmys for best comedy series.
That intellectual detective Glass portrayed wasn’t much of a stretch for him in real life. Glass was a double major in college receiving B.A.s in drama and literature. Before landing on a TV series, Glass was busy making appearances on everything from “Sanford and Son” to “Hawaii Five-O”. After “Barney Miller” ended in 1982, Glass landed another starring series role in a short-lived reboot of “The Odd Couple” called “The New Odd Couple”. He continued taking on TV guest appearances on shows like “Friends”, “Family Matters” and “Star Trek: Voyager”, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” He landed another series in 2002’s sci-fi hit “Firefly” which also lead to him reprising his role as pseudo-Christian Derrial Book for the major film release “Serenity”. One of his “Firefly” co-stars says, “Ron Glass was one of the greatest actors to work with. His laugh was beyond infectious and his generosity was ever-present. Another close friend remembers Glass as “a very caring and happy soul” who “brought a lot of passion, energy, excellence and fun to the table.”
TRN extends heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fans of Ron Glass.