Ron Glass, Emmy-nominated actor known for 'Barney Miller' and 'Firefly,' dies at 71

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Ron Glass, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom "Barney Miller" and Shepherd Derrial Book in "Firefly," has died. He was 71.

The actor's rep confirmed the death to Variety, but had no further details regarding the cause or location.

Glass was born in Evansville, Ind. and went on to study drama and literature at the University of Evansville. He began his career in Hollywood in episodes of "Sanford and Son," "Hawaii Five-O" and "All in the Family" in the early '70s.

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Ron Glass arrives at Dynamic & Diverse - A 65th Emmy Awards Nominee celebration at Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on September 17, 2013 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Ron Glass arrives at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and SAG-AFTRA celebration of the 65th Primetime Emmy Award nominees at the Television Academy on September 17, 2013 in No. Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actor Ron Glass attends The Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences 54th Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards on June 29, 2002 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Publicity still portrait of American actor Ron Glass, 1999. (Photo by John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Archive/Getty Images)
Ron Glass, Joss Whedon, Sean Maher, Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite and Morena Baccarin (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Ron Glass at the The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
Ron Glass, Nathan Fillion, Morena Baccarin, Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: BARNEY MILLER - 'Evacuation' 9/23/76 Max Gail, Hal Linden, Ron Glass, Abe Vigoda, Jack Soo (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 20: BARNEY MILLER - 'Gallery' 1976-1977 Ron Glass (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: BARNEY MILLER - 'Non-Involvement' 11/18/76 Ron Glass (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 19: BARNEY MILLER - 'Non-Involvement' 11/18/76 Ron Glass, Jack Soo (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Ron Glass attends the 'Barney Miller' television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Max Gail and Ron Glass attend the 'Barney Miller' television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actor Ron Glass and actress Candice Azzara attend the 'Barney Miller' television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images).
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 30: BARNEY MILLER - 'Massage Parlor' - Season Two - 2/19/1976, Wentworth busts a dime-store cowboy in a massage parlor and the squad arrests an octogenarian mugger., Ron Glass as Det. Harris., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 17: BARNEY MILLER - 'The Layoff' - Season Two - 9/25/1975, Barney, Fish and Yemana feel the pressure when a layoff forces them to do without the help of some of their their fellow officers., Ron Glass (as Det. Harris), Milt Kogan (as Officer Kogan) and Hal Linden (as Capt. Barney Miller). , (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Arrival' - Airdate: February 25, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;MARIO ROCCUZZO;CARINA AFABLE
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Arrival' - Airdate: February 25, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;CARINA AFABLE;JAMES GREGORY
BARNEY MILLER - 'Chinatown - Part I' - Airdate: February 4, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) CHAO LI CHI;STEVE LANDESBERG;RON GLASS
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Arrival' - Airdate: February 25, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;RON CAREY
BARNEY MILLER - 'Examination Day' - Airdate: January 14, 1982. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;STEVE LANDESBERG
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Car' - Airdate: November 12, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) HAL LINDEN;RON GLASS
BARNEY MILLER - 'Stress Analyzer' - Airdate: November 26, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Car' - Airdate: November 12, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN;MAX GAIL
BARNEY MILLER - 'Paternity' - Airdate: October 29, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) STEFAN GIERASCH;RON GLASS
BARNEY MILLER - 'Movie - Part II' - Airdate: January 29, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN
BARNEY MILLER - 'Movie - Part II' - Airdate: January 29, 1981. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS
BARNEY MILLER - 'Call Girl' - Airdate: December 18, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN;PAUL KENT;SARINA C. GRANT
BARNEY MILLER - 'Dorsey' - Airdate: November 27, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;RON CAREY;HAL LINDEN;PAUL LIEBER;STEVE LANDESBERG
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: BARNEY MILLER - 'Call Girl' - Season Seven - 12/18/80, Dietrich (Steve Landesberg) explored the new celibacy and Harris (Ron Glass) solicited stock tips from a call girl. Max Gail (Wojo), Hal Linden (Barney), Ron Carey (Levitt) and James Gregory (Luger) also starred., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Delegate' - Airdate: November 13, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) TOM HENSCHEL;RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN
BARNEY MILLER - 'Uniform Day' - Airdate: February 7, 1980. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;MAX GAIL;HAL LINDEN;RON CAREY;STEVE LANDESBERG
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Dentist' - Airdate: December 27, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN
BARNEY MILLER - 'Vacation' - Airdate: September 27, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Photographer' - Airdate: September 20, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PHIL LEEDS;RON GLASS;STEVE LANDESBERG
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Bird' - Airdate: November 8, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;HAL LINDEN
BARNEY MILLER - 'The Brother' - Airdate: October 4, 1979. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) RON GLASS;JOHN CHRISTY EWING
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In 1975 Glass found his breakout role in "Barney Miller," set in an NYPD station. His character was a dapper and ambitious intellectual, obsessed with launching his career as a writer. The role earned Glass a Primetime Emmy nomination in 1982 in the supporting actor category.

After "Barney Miller," Glass would go on to star in 18 episodes of the 1982 "The Odd Couple" remake "The New Odd Couple" as well as making guest appearances on "The Twilight Zone," "Family Matters" and "Murder, She Wrote," among other shows. In the late 1999 he appeared on two episodes of "Friends" Ross Geller's divorce lawyer, Russell.

In 2002 Glass joined Joss Whedon's cult favorite "Firefly," playing a spiritual figure with a mysterious past. Glass would also reprise the role in the 2005 movie "Serenity."

Glass was still a regular face on American television as recently as 2014 when he appeared in an episode of "CSI." That same year he appeared in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." as Dr. Streiten.

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