Ron Glass, co-star of TV’s ‘Bar­ney Miller’ dead at 71

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - By John Rogers

LOS AN­GE­LES>> Ron Glass, the hand­some, pro­lific char­ac­ter ac­tor best known for his role as the gre­gar­i­ous, some­times sar­donic de­tec­tive Ron Harris in the long-run­ning cop com­edy “Bar­ney Miller,” has died at age 71.

Glass died Fri­day of res­pi­ra­tory fail­ure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, told The Associated Press on Satur­day.

“Ron was a pri­vate, gen­tle and car­ing man,” said Leavett, a long­time friend of the ac­tor. “He was an ab­so­lute de­light to watch on screen. Words can­not ad­e­quately ex­press my sor­row. “

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.”

In “Bar­ney Miller” his lit­er­ate De­tec­tive Ron Harris was one of the few gen­er­ally nor­mal char­ac­ters who pop­u­lated a New York City po­lice precinct filled with odd­balls on both sides of the law. The en­sem­ble cast in­cluded Hal Lin­den as precinct Capt. Bar­ney Miller, Max Gail as De­tec­tive Stan ‘Wojo’ Wo­j­ciehow­icz, and Abe Vigoda as De­tec­tive Phil Fish.

The show aired from 1975 un­til 1982, win­ning two Golden Globes and two Emmy Awards for best com­edy series. Glass was nom­i­nated for a sup­port­ing ac­tor Emmy in 1982.

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