Ron Glass, who found fame on the sitcom Barney Miller, has died.
He was 71.
The veteran character actor enjoyed a prolific Hollywood career that spanned decades from 1973 to 2014 and included roles in popular series such as The New Odd Couple, Firefly and Friends.
R.I.P. Ron Glass, whose Hollywood TV career spanned decades from 1973 to 2014, has died. He was 71.
The actor’s rep, Jeffrey Leavitt confirmed to TMZ on Saturday that he died from respiratory failure.
‘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 told the website.
Samuel L. Jackson was among those who paid tribute to him.
The 67-year-old The Hateful Eight actor wrote on Twitter: ‘It was an Honour & a Pleasure to work the Amazing Ron Glass! RIP, Sir!’
They starred together in movie Lakeside Terrace in 2008.
RIP Sir: Samuel L. Jackson was among those who paid tribute to him
His first onscreen appearance was in an episode of All In The Family in 1973 followed by Hawaii Five-O, The Bob Newhart Show, The New Perry Mason and Sanford And Son.
In 1975, he was cast as Detective Ron Harris in Barney Miller, a cop comedy centered around a NYPD precinct and starring Hal Linden in the titular role.
Glass received a supporting actor Emmy nomination in 1982.
Popular role: Glass got his big break as Detective Ron Harris in the sitcom Barney Miller. He’s pictured behind show star Hal Linden with the rest of the cast
Acclaimed: The hit series set in a NYPD precinct ran from 1975 to 1982 and earned him an Emmy nomination.
Fan fave: The veteran character actor also starred as Shepherd Book in Joss Whedon’s cult classic Firefly. He’s pictured with star Nathan Fillion in the show that ran for one season
After Barney Miller ended in 1982, the Indiana-born actor went on to have roles in several TV series.
He provided the voice for Randy Carmichael in Rugrats and All Grown UP.
He was the enigmatic Shepherd Book in Joss Whedon’s cult classic Firefly and the 2005 movie Serenity and played God’s Cousin Rod in ABC’s Teen Angel.
He appeared in two episodes of hit NBC sitcom Friends in 1999 playing Ross’s divorce lawyer.
Tribute: His Firefly co-star Alan Tudyk described him as ‘one of the greatest actors to work with,’ in a tribute he paid on Twitter
Raise a glass: Joss Whedon also paid tribute, writing: ‘He got there with grace, humor & enormous heart
Co-star: Nathan Fillion wrote: ‘We love you, Ron Glass. Don’t go far’
Glowing: Jewel Staite paid tribute, writing: ‘I adored him. Everybody did’
Most recently, he’d had parts in Major Crimes, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
His Firefly co-star Alan Tudyk described him as ‘one of the greatest actors to work with,’ in a tribute he paid on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘Ron Glass was one of the greatest actors to work with. His laugh was beyond infectious and his generosity was ever present.’
Joss Whedon also paid tribute, writing: ‘He got there with grace, humor & enormous heart. He was, among so many other things, my Shepherd. Raise, appropriately, a glass. Rest, Ron.’
Nathan Fillion wrote: ‘We love you, Ron Glass. Don’t go far.’
Jewel Staite took to Instagram to post a picture with the late actor, which she captioned: ‘This is me acting like an idiot just so I could hear Ron Glass laugh. He was the kind of person that remembered the details, that asked about your family’s well-being. He hugged hard and often.
‘He would laugh till he cried at a sick joke and top it with a worse one. He loved a Grey Goose crantini and spilled one on my white jeans in the heat of telling a story, and then just said, “Girl, those were ugly pants anyway.”
‘I adored him. Everybody did. I love you, Ron. Can’t wait to see you again. “I don’t care what you believe. Just believe it.”‘
Prolific: Glass, pictured in Hollywood in 2013, most recently had parts in Major Crimes, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
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