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Ron Glass, co-star of TV’s ‘Barney Miller’ dead at 71

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Ron Glass signs autographs at the Universal Pictures' Premiere of 'Serenity' held at Universal Studios on September 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actor Ron Glass signs autographs at the Universal Pictures' Premiere of 'Serenity' held at Universal Studios on September 22, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Actor Ron Glass, known for his role on the police sitcom “Barney Miller,” has died, his agent says.

Glass, 71, died on Friday night, Jeffrey Leavitt told CNN.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my dear friend and client Ron Glass,” Leavitt said. “Ron passed late last night of respiratory failure. Ron was a private, gentle and caring man. He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow,” he said.

Glass was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor in “Barney Miller,” which ran from the mid-1970s to 1982. He played dapper and intellectual Det. Ron Harris. The show, which featured witty exchanges and colorful crime suspects, was set in a New York City police station. Hal Linden played the title character.

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Steve Landesberg, Hal Linden and Ron Glass attend the 'Barney Miller' television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).

HOLLYWOOD – NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Steve Landesberg, Hal Linden and Ron Glass attend the ‘Barney Miller’ television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).

Linden, in a 2013 interview with the Archive of American Television, said Glass was a self-assured actor who “knew exactly what he wanted to do and accomplished all of it.”

As for the characters, Linden said Capt. Miller knew Harris was a good detective, but “suffered him gladly.”

“Harris had an enormous ego, if you remember correctly. He was writing the great American novel, ‘Blood on the Badge.'”

Nate Fillion — Glass’s co-star from the TV series “Firefly” and the sequel film “Serenity” — paid tribute on Instagram, quoting Glass’s character.

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

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1 Comment

  • confused

    Aww that’s too bad. I loved his character. One of my favorite episodes was when Harris had to dress like a woman. He had such nice legs! All those old tv shows were great. Too bad everything cannot be resolved in an hour.

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