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Born: July 10, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Evansville, Indiana, USA Profession: actor

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Ron Glass made a career on TV sitcoms spinning wisecracks and quite often playing the personification of the ambitious, "buppie". He is perhaps best recalled as the clothes-conscious Det. Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-82). With solid Midwestern roots, the Indiana-born and bred Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis before migrating to Hollywood. His first TV work was in an episode of "Sanford and Son" in 1972, which he followed with an appearance on "Good Times" as a con artist posing as a blind man. In 1975, he landed "Barney Miller" and at the demise of that series, Glass was given a shot at headlining a series. He was teamed by ABC with Demond Wilson in "The New Odd Couple", a short-lived 1983 series in which Glass played the Felix Ungar character. During the rest of the 80s, he guest-starred on numerous TV series, often playing smarmy or egomaniacal characters. He was a country-club nemesis for Sherman Helmsley on several episodes of "Amen" from 1989-91, and, in the 90s, Glass was an outrageously self-absorbed celebrity pushing Carl Winslow around on "Family Matters". Occasionally, Glass appeared in dramas, such as a 1985 episode of...

Ron Glass made a career on TV sitcoms spinning wisecracks and quite often playing the personification of the ambitious, "buppie". He is perhaps best recalled as the clothes-conscious Det. Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-82).

With solid Midwestern roots, the Indiana-born and bred Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis before migrating to Hollywood. His first TV work was in an episode of "Sanford and Son" in 1972, which he followed with an appearance on "Good Times" as a con artist posing as a blind man. In 1975, he landed "Barney Miller" and at the demise of that series, Glass was given a shot at headlining a series. He was teamed by ABC with Demond Wilson in "The New Odd Couple", a short-lived 1983 series in which Glass played the Felix Ungar character. During the rest of the 80s, he guest-starred on numerous TV series, often playing smarmy or egomaniacal characters. He was a country-club nemesis for Sherman Helmsley on several episodes of "Amen" from 1989-91, and, in the 90s, Glass was an outrageously self-absorbed celebrity pushing Carl Winslow around on "Family Matters". Occasionally, Glass appeared in dramas, such as a 1985 episode of "Twilight Zone", in which he was a mathematics whiz who conjures a demon.

Glass returned to series TV in 1992 as the sales manager of a radio station on NBC's short-lived "Rhythm and Blues", which focused on the exploits of a Caucasian DJ at a Black radio station. In 1996, he was again on NBC co-starring in "Mr. Rhodes", a vehicle for stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes. Glass has also appeared in the occasional TV-movie, beginning with thug roles in "Beg, Borrow or Steal" and "Shirts and Skins" (both ABC, 1973), and in "Perry Mason-The Case of the Shooting Star" (NBC, 1983). Additionally, Glass has directed sitcoms, including episodes of "STAT!" (ABC, 1991). His feature film appearances have been limited. Glass was in one of the first direct-to-video releases, "Deep Space" (1988), in which nasty aliens were running amok. He was seen on the big screen as doctors in both "Houseguest" (1995), starring Sinbad, and Randal Kleiser's "It's My Party" (1996).

On the small screen, his distinctive, smooth vocals were used to great effect in the animated hit series "Rugrats," where he voiced Randy Carmichael from 1992-2004 and reprised the role in the sequel series "Rugrats All Grown Up" (2003). Back in live action, Glass landed another series regular role in 1997's short-lived comedy "Teen Angel" and again scored a part in the equally short-lived drama "The Education of Max Bickford" (2001-2002). During this time he also appeared in several small film and made for TV roles, including a teen twist on the Faustian tale of soul-selling, "Deal of a Lifetime." In 2002, this veteran actor landed a coveted role in the Joss Whedon's highly anticipated sci-fi drama "Firefly" (Fox, 2002), playing the holy man Shepherd Book, who frequently served as the conscience for the ship's captain and crew. Mishandled by Fox, the series was canceled after only a handful of airings, but after DVD sales on the series proved healthier than its initial ratings and built a rabid core audience, the actor reprised the role for a dramatic sequence in Whedon's surprise feature film follow-up "Serenity" (2005).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Lakeview Terrace (2008)
3.
 Serenity (2005)
4.
 Recess: School's Out (2001) Voice Of Doctor Lazenby; Voice Of Tech No 2
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6.
 UnBowed (1998) Beckworth College President
7.
 It's My Party (1996) Dr David Wahl
8.
 Houseguest (1995) Derek Bond
9.
 Deep Space (1988) Jerry
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Made first professional stage appearance at the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
1972:
Made TV debut on an episode of "Sanford and Son"
1973:
Appeared in first two TV-movies, "Beg, Borrow or Steal" and "Shirts and Skins"
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Was regular cast member of "Barney Miller" as Det. Ron Harris
1983:
Starred as Felix in "The New Odd Couple"
1988:
Co-starred in direct-to-video release "Deep Space"
1992:
Had regular role on short-lived series "Rhythm & Blues"
1995:
First feature film released in theaters, "Houseguest"
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Appeared as a regular on NBC series "Mr. Rhodes"
1999:
Had recurring guest spot on "Friends"
2001:
Had role on short-lived Richard Dreyfuss drama "The Education of Max Bickford"
2002:
Landed role on Joss Whedon drama series "Firefly"
2005:
Starred in "Serenity," the feature-length adaptation of Joss Whedon's TV show "Firefly"
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Education

University of Evansville: Evansville , Indiana -
University of Evansville: Evansville , Indiana -

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father:
Crump Glass.
mother:
Lethia Glass.

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