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Veteran TV Actor Dead at 71 — He Played a Beloved Character on ‘Barney Miller’

Nov 28, 2016  •  Post A Comment

An actor who played a member of the motley crew of TV detectives on the hit ABC sitcom “Barney Miller” has died. The New York Times reports that Ron Glass died Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

Glass, who died of respiratory failure, was 71.

Glass played the dapper and intellectual Det. Ron Harris on “Barney Miller,” which ran for eight seasons, from 1975-1982. He received a Primetime Emmy nomination for the role in 1982.

After “Barney Miller,” Glass had a starring role as Felix Unger on ABC’s short-lived sitcom “The New Odd Couple,” opposite Demond Wilson’s Oscar Madison. The ABC show aired for a single season in 1982-83.

Glass also had a regular role on NBC’s obscure 1992 comedy series “Rhythm & Blues.” He kept busy throughout his career with a series of TV guest appearances, including a performance on “CSI” as recently as 2014.

Early in his career, Glass appeared in the 1970s staples “Sanford and Son,” “All in the Family,” “Maude” and “Hawaii Five-0,” among many other TV guest spots.

Here’s a set of clips from “Barney Miller” featuring Glass along with Hal Linden and Jack Soo …


  1. How could you not mention that he also starred in Joss Wheedon’s short lived cult favorite, Firefly? He was great on that too.

  2. RIP Shepherd Book.

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