Ron Glass Dead Barney Miller

Barney Miller's Ron Glass Dead at 71

Ron Glass, who played stylish and sassy NYPD detective/aspiring author Ron Harris on ABC’s long-running sitcom Barney Miller, died on Friday of respiratory failure, a spokesperson for the veteran actor has confirmed for TVLine. He was 71.

In addition to his role on the Emmy-winning workplace comedy, Glass portrayed the spiritual Shepherd Book on Fox’s short-lived sci-fi drama Firefly (as well as its big-screen follow-up, Serenity). His lengthy resume also included fellow one-and-done programs including The New Odd Couple (in the Felix Unger role), Rhythm & Blues, Mr. Rhodes and Teen Angel, as well as guest appearances on All in the Family, Sanford and Son, The Streets of San Francisco, Amen and Friends. In recent years, he appeared in episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Major Crimes and CSI.

Glass’ prolific career also included voiceover work, having been featured on Rugrats (and its spinoff All Grown Up!), Superman, Aladdin and The Proud Family.

Glass’ Barney Miller castmate Abe Vigoda died earlier this year, at age 94.

Firefly creator Joss Whedon, and costars Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Alan Tudyk, Jewel Staite and Sean Maher have since paid tribute on social media.

"Shepard, don't move." "Won't go far." We love you, Ron Glass. Don't go far.

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  1. laurelnev says:

    #RIP Ron Glass. From Barney Miller to Firefly, you brought entertainment into our lives.

  2. Jen Gossel says:

    aww i loved him on firefly :(

  3. suzi says:

    Still enjoy watching Barney Miller–some of the best shows on TV are decades old.
    RIP Ron Glass.

  4. Annie Sisk says:

    I really hate this year.

  5. Duane says:

    Sad we have lost yet another great actor!

  6. iHeart says:

    who did he voice on Rugrats?

  7. Brenda F says:

    What a talented man. Thank you for making me laugh. Whether it was your swagger on “Barney Miller” or the infamous hair scene (“Keep walking, preacher man!”) from “Firefly,” you lit up the screen.

  8. Vincent A Amatucci jr says:

    Another one bites the dust! Rest in Peace Ron! It is just a shame you died so young!

  9. Katrinka says:

    Just watched his Major Crimes episode last week & was sad because Doris Roberts had passed away since it originally aired. I’ve been a fan since Barney Miller. RIP Mr. Glass.

  10. Phillip R Earles says:

    he worked at whirpool in evansville, in, with my father before he made it.

  11. So sad to see these talented people from a bygone era leaving us. He will be missed but like others not forgotten. This is another to add to my DVD collection from my childhood memories.
    As others would hopefully say “We’ll see you at that precinct on the other side”!

  12. kirads09 says:

    Sad to hear. Always loved him in everything I saw him in – ESPECIALLY Shepherd Book in Firefly.

  13. So very sad to hear of passing. An extremely great actor.

  14. Paula says:

    Always greatly enjoyed Ron Glass in all of his roles (especially on Barney Miller, of course). It saddens me to contemplate how many wonderful people we have lost in 2016. And the year is not over yet! A sobering thought.

  15. MMD says:

    I can’t wait for this brutal year to be over! Rest in Peace Mr. Glass.

  16. i liked Ron Glass he was very good actor on Barney Miller and on the other TV shows like all in the family and sand ford son i miss seeing him on the these TV shows

    Beth Ann Van note

  17. colleen says:

    rest well ron, thanks for the laughs

  18. Prayer for the Dead, from “Serenity”
    Lord, I’m walking Your way.
    Let me in for my feet are sore.
    My clothes are ragged.
    Look in my eyes, Lord,
    and my sins will play out on them
    as on a screen.
    Read them all.
    Forgive what you can
    and send me on my path.
    I will walk on till you bid me rest.
    – Shepherd Derrial Book, Serenity (deleted scene)

  19. Sheila says:

    What a shame. Lousy week for classic TV lovers…

  20. Javier Peregrino says:

    I first became aware of Mr. Glass exceptional work when he was on the cast of Barney Miller many years ago. He made me laugh so hard and I enjoyed his stage presence as well as his fine work. And when I found out that he was Sheppard in Firefly I never missed an episode. I loved his work. I was VERY upset when they killed his character in the Firefly movie. Now I am very heartbroken that he is no longer with us. This a very sad day for me. My prayers to the Glass Family. God Bless. Your can JP.

  21. Annie says:

    We will miss you, Ron. Thank you for being a part of our lives.

  22. Vicki Clapp says:

    So sad. Loved me some Ron Glass, still watch him every night on Barney Miller reruns. RIP Ron

  23. Dj says:

    Loved him in Firefly and Serenity. What a sad day this is. He will be missed.

  24. Tom says:

    *FIREFLY’S Ron Glass

  25. Derek says:

    Shep 😢

  26. George says:

    Thank you for sharing your talent and humor with us. For Ron Harris and his attempts to reach fame as an author, for Shepherd Book and his mysterious past, and even for the Devil (I of Newton, from one of the Twilight Zone revivals). Rest now. You’ve earned that and more.

  27. Whatevah8 says:

    RIP! I loved him in Barney Miller. 2016 – tough year!

  28. Carlos Lee says:

    Sad. First, Florence Henderson and now Mr. Glass.

  29. The only thing I’ve got to say is: 2016, knock it off! We’ve lost too many good people this year, and as a Browncoat, this one hits very hard.

  30. Ron Glass was my first Hollywood crush. Loved his immaculate style of dressing . He has a great body of work that’s left behind.

  31. Tammie Mosley says:

    He was a great actor, he played a blind encyclopedia salesman on Good Times, I’m still laughing. RIP…

  32. mamaline47 says:

    #rest in peace Ron Glass. Job well done.

  33. Natalie says:

    So sad.

  34. ragnar51 says:

    Ahhh man, not another one!! 2016 has got to be the worst year ever for this. Always remember how great his character was on Barney Miller. RIP sir.

  35. Ron Glass was my first Hollywood crush. Loved his immaculate style of dressing and was a big fan when he did The New Odd Couple. RIP Gorgeous

  36. Mary B says:

    Loved you on Barney Miller; such a beautiful spirit. Enjoy the journey

  37. JMark (formerly JM) says:

    Loved Barney Miller, and Ron was one of my favorites on the show. RIP, we will miss you.

  38. Stanford says:

    Ron Glass, the other Superfly😇