Subject: ARCHIVE: November 25, 2016 ~It was a year ago we lost veteran actor Ron Glass, best known in the ensemble award-winning TV comedy series, BARNEY MILLER, as 'Det. Ron Harris', for 7 years. A longtime smoker, Glass died of respitory failure at 71. ...
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Date Posted:Saturday, November 25, 11:37:15am
American actor, best known for his roles as literary Det. Ron Harris in the television sitcom
"Barney Miller" (1975–1982), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the 2002
science-fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity. ...
[ Ronald Earle Glass ]
(July 10, 1945 – November 25, 2016)
Early life ...
Glass was born in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Lethia and Crump Glass,
and the youngest of four children. He later graduated from Saint Francis Seminary in 1964. ...
...Glass attended the University of Evansville, where he was a member of Alpha Psi Omega Fraternity Inc., receiving a
Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in drama and literature. Years later, the university awarded him its Medal of Honor.
Glass said in 2007 he knew while he was in college that he wanted to act. With a teacher's encouragement, he performed
in a play and went on to an acting career.
Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Hollywood.
His earliest TV appearances include episodes of Sanford and Son in 1972, an episode of Hawaii Five-O in 1973,
an episode of All in the Family in 1973, an episode of The Bob Newhart Show, and episodes of Good Times in 1974.
In 1975, he landed the role of 'Det. Ron Harris' in Barney Miller, which ran until 1982. ...
The following season, Glass also co-starred with Demond Wilson on television in a remake of The Odd Couple, called The New Odd Couple. ...
On December 13, 1985, he played a soul-collecting devil opposite Sherman Hemsley's mathematics professor in an episode of the revived Twilight Zone series. In 1992, he co-starred in the sitcom Rhythm and Blues, a kind of "black WKRP," playing "the fifth Top" opposite Roger Kabler. In 1996, Glass was cast as uptight history teacher Roland Felcher in NBC sitcom Mr. Rhodes opposite comedian Tom Rhodes. In 1999, he appeared in an episode of NBC sitcom Friends as Ross Geller's divorce lawyer, Russell.
...After that, Glass appeared in dozens of television series, including sitcoms such as Family Matters and the series Teen Angel,
where he played God's cousin Rod. He had a guest appearance in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Nightingale".
Glass reunited with his BARNEY MILLER for a 30th anniversary sound stage plaque dedication, honoring the show
with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. ...
...He was a series regular in the science fiction series Firefly (2002) and the sequel film Serenity (2005), in which he played Derrial Book, a Christian "Shepherd" with a mysterious past. Glass provided the voice of Randy Carmichael for the Nickelodeon series All Grown Up! and Rugrats, and the character Garth in the video game Fable II. In 2008 he appeared in the film Lakeview Terrace alongside Samuel L. Jackson, and starred in the 2010 version of Death at a Funeral as Duncan.
In his later years, Glass would often appear at fan convention shows. ...
Glass died of respiratory failure on November 25, 2016, at the age of 71.
In his personal Faith, he was member of the Soka Gakkai International,
a lay Buddhist organization. He was buried near his beloved sister
Geraldine 'Gerrie', at Rose Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in
Whittier, CA, under a stark bronze marker, bearing only his name. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH8I2DNDTaE