Vale: Ron Glass

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US actor Ron Glass, best known for Barney Miller and Firefly, has died aged 71.

He died of respiratory failure, his agent, Jeffrey Leavett, said.

Glass was a cast member on Barney Miller during the show’s entire run from 1975-1982. Set in a New York Police Department station in Greenwich Village, he played Ron Harris, an intellectual, fashionable detective who also dabbled as an author. In 1982, he nabbed an Emmy nomination in the Supporting Actor category.

On the 2002 sci-fi Firefly and its sequel movie, Serenity, Glass played Derrial Book, a shepherd and the frequent giver or spiritual advice.

But he had many other acting credits, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dirty Sexy Money, Major Crimes, Shark, Star Trek: Voyager, The Practice, Designing Women, Murder She Wrote, The Twilight Zone, Hart to Hart, The Streets of San Francisco, Friends, Good Times, Maude, The Bob Newhart Show, Sanford & Son, All in the Family and Hawaii Five-O.

“Ron was a private, gentle and caring man,” said Leavett, a longtime friend of the actor. “He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow.”

Source: USA Today

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