Actor Ron Glass Dies At The Age Of 71

Prolific television star Ron Glass died at the age of 71. Ron Glass is best known for his roles as Ron Harris in the police sitcom Barney Miller and as Shepard Derrial Book in the sci-fi cult classic Firefly.


Glass passed away due to respiratory failure on Friday, November 25th. There is no news as to whether or not the actor had an illness that led to this issue or if there was an accident of any kind. Born in Evansville, Indiana, the actor has been working steadily since 1972 in both television and film.

Glass played a number of roles in shows like Star Trek: VoyagerFriends, The New Odd Couple, Hawaii Five-O, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and Sanford and Son. He was even the voice of Randy Carmichael, father of Susie Carmichael, in the original Rugrats series and its sequel, All Grown Up.

“Ron was a private, gentle and caring man,” said Jeffery Leavett, his agent who broke the news to the Associate Press, “He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow.”

Many of his former colleagues have tweeted about the actor in order to celebrate his life and his work:

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Ron Glass was not only a talents actor, but also a beloved presence behind the scenes, and he will be missed by his many fans and admirers. Glass’s passing is just the latest of many plaguing 2016, as he joins the likes of David Bowie, Gene Wilder, Florence Henderson, John Carson, Sharon Jones, and Prince. 

There is no news yet on any memorial or funeral services that will be open to the public.

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A reporter by trade, Sara is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest schlock, all movies and TV shows are fair game. She believes Batman is the most fascinating superhero, and that Silent Hill is one of the best horror franchises ever made (as long as you don't count the movies). Fun Fact: The only movie Sara will not rewatch is The Room -- once was more than enough.