The entertainment industry has lost yet another star. Actor Ron Glass has passed away at the age of 71. A representative for Glass confirmed on Saturday that the actor died on Friday after battling various illnesses. He was best known for his role as the smartly dressed and sarcastically witty Detective Ron Harris in the 70’s sitcom “Barney Miller. The show, for which Glass earned an Emmy nomination for supporting actor, ran from 1975 to 1982. Glass is the second cast member from the series to have died this year. Actor Abe Vigoda, who played the sad-faced Detective Phil Fish passed away in January at age 94. Vigoda died of natural causes in his sleep.

Glass also starred opposite Demond Wilson in the short-lived “The New Odd Couple, playing the role of the neat but stuffy Felix. He also made appearances in “227,” “Family Matters,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and played Ross Geller’s divorce attorney Russell on the sitcom “Friends.” Glass was also known for playing the part of Shepherd Derrial Book in the cult favorite “Firefly” but was most recently seen in an episode of “CSI” in 2014.

The path to becoming a breakout star

Born in Evansville, Indiana, Ron Glass studied drama and literature at the University of Evansville. His Hollywood career began with guest roles in episodes of “Hawaii Five-O,” “Sanford and Son,” and “All in the Family.” The veteran performer’s portfolio includes voice over work for children’s series like “Rugrats” and “The Proud Family.” However, it was the actor’s portrayal of Detective Ron Harris that would propel him into stardom.

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Glass played the part of a dashing, ambitious intellectual cop to absolute perfection.

Lights continue to dim in Hollywood

Ron Glass’ passing is the latest in a whirlwind of notable celebrity deaths. Fans have hardly had the chance to process the sad news of one before News of another passing makes headlines. Still, in keeping with the spirit of thanks, the world appreciates the joy these passing bright lights have bestowed upon us.