UPDATE: Ron Glass’ representative, Jeffrey Leavitt told TMZ, “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. ”


Ron Glass has died at 71 according to TMZ. Ron Glass became a household name as Detective Ron Harris on the hit sitcom Barney Miller which ran from 1975-1982. I spent many an evening watching Barney Miller with my dad. 2016 has painfully claimed two lives from that hit comedy, Abe Vigoda in January and now Ron Glass.

Glass had a healthy acting career following the end of Barney Miller’s run. His resume in nothing short of amazing. He won over the heart’s of geeks everywhere with his portrayal of Shepherd Book on Firefly and also the movie based on the series, Serenity. It’s in the film Serenity where he first hurt Browncoats’ (Firefly fans) hearts, now with his death, Browncoats’ hearts are broken.

Here are social media reactions from his Firefly family:

Interesting note for theatre nerds like me: Glass was a member of the theatre fraternity, Alpha Psi Omega! 

Audrey Kearns