Actor Ron Glass, best known for playing dapper Det. Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom “”Barney Miller,” has died at the age of 71.
Glass died Nov. 25 in Los Angeles, according to Leon Jones, who works at SGI-USA Los Angeles Friendship Center—Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism, where Glass was an active member of the local Buddhist community.
There was no word on the cause of death.
“Barney Miller” ran on ABC from 1975 to 1982. Glass was nominated for an Emmy for playing Harris, a fastidious policeman who often seemed preoccupied with his attire and dreamed of a career as a writer.
Glass, an Indiana native, continued to work in television after “Barney Miller” left the air, appearing on an episode of CSI’ in 2014. Glass and Demond Wilson starred in “The New Odd Couple” from 1982-83.
Most recently, Glass played Shepherd Book (a pastor) in the acclaimed Joss Whedon show “Firefly” and its follow-up film “Serenity.” Firefly was an American space western drama television series created by writer and director Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Set in the year 2517, the series premiered in the U.S. on the Fox network on Sept. 20, 2002. By mid-December, Firefly had averaged 4.7 million viewers per episode and was 98th in Nielsen ratings. It was canceled after eleven of the fourteen episodes aired.
City News Service contributed to this story.