If you were a fan of the classic “Barney Miller” television show from the late 1970s and early 1980s, then you probably remember actor Ron Glass. Unfortunately, Glass has just died from respiratory failure at 71-years-old, according to his agent. The people who knew Glass described him as a kind man who led a very private life away from the screen.
Glass appeared in every season of Barney Miller which lasted from 1975 to 1982. The premise of the show revolved around a New York City police station which was based in Greenwich Village. Glass played Detective Ron Harris who was an intellectual character that had a side gig as an author.
In 1982, Glass was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Although he did not win, the show itself wound up winning two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for the category of “Best Comedy Series.”
In later years, Glass would get roles in the 2002 sci-fi series “Firefly” as well as its sequel called “Serenity.” Other acting credits of his include Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, both from 2014.
Glass was a graduate of the University of Evansville. He majored in both literature and drama at the university. Since 2008, he served on the board of trustees for the university as well. He was also the chairman of the national capital campaign for the Evansville African American Museum, which earned him a key to the city.
Glass may not have been hugely famous but those who knew him on screen will miss him dearly. He was always a pleasant actor to watch on screen because of his theatrical acting style and his delicate manner when delivering his lines. If you want to see clips of his work, you can look them up on YouTube.