Ron Glass

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Ron Glass
Ron Glass at 2005 Serenity Premiere.jpg
Ron Glass in 2005
BornRonald E. Glass
(1945-07-10) July 10, 1945 (age 69)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Years active1972–present
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Ron Glass
Ron Glass at 2005 Serenity Premiere.jpg
Ron Glass in 2005
BornRonald E. Glass
(1945-07-10) July 10, 1945 (age 69)
Evansville, Indiana, U.S.
Years active1972–present

Ronald E. "Ron" Glass (born July 10, 1945) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as the witty Det. Ron Harris in the television sitcom Barney Miller (1975–82), and as the spiritual Shepherd Derrial Book in the short-lived 2002 science fiction series Firefly and its sequel film Serenity.

Early life[edit]

Glass was born in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Lethia and Crump Glass.[1] Graduating from Saint Francis Seminary in 1964, Glass attended the University of Evansville, where he received a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Drama and Literature. Years later, the University honored his work in television and film with their highest commendation, the Medal of Honor. Glass stated in an interview that he knew he wanted to act while he was in college. A teacher liked his voice and encouraged him to try out for a play. He went on to act in that play (and many others) during his time there.[2]


Glass in December 2005

Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis before moving to Hollywood. His earliest TV appearances include episodes of Sanford and Son in 1972, an episode of Hawaii Five-O in 1973, an episode of All in the Family in 1973, an episode of The Bob Newhart Show, and episodes of Good Times in 1974. In 1975, he landed the role of Det. Ron Harris in Barney Miller which ran until 1982. The following season, Glass also co-starred with Demond Wilson on television in the short-lived remake of The Odd Couple, called The New Odd Couple. On December 13, 1985, he played a soul-collecting devil opposite Sherman Hemsley's mathematics professor in an episode of the revived Twilight Zone series.[3] In 1992, he co-starred in the short-lived sitcom Rhythm and Blues, a kind of "black WKRP", playing "the fifth Top" opposite Roger Kabler. In 1996, Glass was cast as uptight history teacher Roland Felcher in the NBC sitcom Mr. Rhodes opposite comedian Tom Rhodes. In 1999, he appeared in an episode of the NBC sitcom Friends as Ross Geller's divorce lawyer, Russell.

Since then, Glass has appeared in dozens of television series, including sitcoms such as Family Matters and the series Teen Angel where he played God's cousin Rod. He was in Star Trek: Voyager (in the episode "Nightingale") and the science fiction series Firefly (2002), in which he played Derrial Book, a pseudo-Christian[4] "Shepherd" with a mysterious past. Glass himself is a Buddhist. Glass reprised his role from Firefly in the film Serenity (2005). Glass also provides the voice of Randy Carmichael for the Nickelodeon series All Grown Up! and Rugrats and the character Garth in the video game Fable II. In 2008 he appeared in the film Lakeview Terrace alongside Samuel L. Jackson, and starred in the 2010 version of Death at a Funeral as Duncan.

Personal life[edit]

Glass is a member of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization.



1974Crazy World of Julius Vrooder, TheThe Crazy World of Julius VrooderQuintus
1983Sound of Sunshine - Sound of RainNarratorShort film
1988Deep SpaceJerry Merris
1995HouseguestDr. Derek Bond
1996It's My PartyDr. David Wahl
1997Back in BusinessAllen Smith
1999Deal of a LifetimeMr. Creighton
1999UnbowedPresident Duquesne
2001Recess: School's OutDr. Lazenby / Tech #2 (voice)
2005SerenityShepherd Derrial Book
2008Lakeview TerraceHarold Perreau
2010Death at a FuneralDuncan
2012Strange FramePhilo D Grenman


1972Sanford and SonHucklebuckEpisode: "The Card Sharps"
1973All in the FamilyJackEpisode: "Everybody Tells the Truth"
1973Beg, Borrow, or StealRay BurenTV film
1973Shirts/SkinsMr. BrownTV film
1973MaudeWhitnauer FultonEpisode: "Florida's Affair"
1973Hawaii Five-OJ. PaulEpisode: "Tricks Are Not Treats"
1973Bob Newhart Show, TheThe Bob Newhart ShowElevator RepairmanEpisode: "Fit, Fat and Forty One"
1973GriffDietrichEpisode: "Elephant in a Cage"
1973InsightCourtney RickellEpisode: "Reunion"
1974New Adventures of Perry Mason, TheThe New Adventures of Perry MasonMark BordenEpisode: "The Case of the Tortured Titan"
1974Change at 125th StreetTV film
1974Good TimesMr. Pearson / Henry AndersonEpisodes: "Crosstown Buses Run All Day, Doodah, Doodah",
"The Encyclopedia Hustle"
1974Sanford and SonHermanEpisode: "Once a Thief"
1974Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoEpisode: "Rampage"
1975Let's Switch!LaRue WilliamsTV film
1975InsightCourtney RickellEpisode: "Class Reunion"
1975Foster and LaurieDoctor #2TV film
1975When Things Were RottenBlack KnightEpisode: "This Lance for Hire"
1975-1982Barney MillerDet. Ron HarrisRegular role (164 episodes)
1976Streets of San Francisco, TheThe Streets of San FranciscoArlen WashingtonEpisodes: "The Thrill Killers: Part 1 & 2"
1978CrashJerry GrantTV film
1981Hart to HartConductor SlatteryEpisode: "Hartland Express"
1982-1983New Odd Couple, TheThe New Odd CoupleFelix UngerRegular role (18 episodes)
1985Gus Brown and Midnight BrewsterMidnight BrewsterTV film
1985Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight ZoneThe DevilEpisode: "I of Newton"
1986Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting StarEric BrennerTV film
1987227Robert StoneEpisodes: "The Audit", "There Goes the Building"
1988Sonny SpoonEpisode: "Deuces Wild"
1989Family MattersBuddy GoodrichEpisode: "False Arrest"
1989-1991AmenJason LockwoodEpisodes: "Witness for the Defense",
"Miracle on 134th Street: Parts 1 & 2",
1991Adam-12Logan MillsEpisode: "D.A.R.E."
1992Murder, She WroteLt. HanrahanEpisode: "Incident in Lot #7"
1992Royal Family, TheThe Royal FamilyDeacon HudsonEpisode: "The Sneakin' Deacon"
1992-1993Rhythm & BluesDon PhillipsMain role (13 episodes)
1993Designing WomenPunchEpisode: "It's Not So Easy Being Green"
1993RugratsRandy Carmichael (voice)TV series
1994AladdinKwanseer (voice)Episode: "Bad Mood Rising"
1996-1997Mr. RhodesRonald FelcherRegular role (17 episodes)
1997Superman: The Animated SeriesNews Anchorman (voice)Episode: "Blasts from the Past: Part II"
1997Practice, TheThe PracticeJudge KentEpisode: "Reasonable Doubts"
1997-1998Teen AngelRodRegular role (17 episodes)
1999IncognitoMarcus CourtlandTV film
1999Twice in a LifetimeCharlie Summers / Charlie WintersEpisode: "The Blame Game"
1999FriendsRussellEpisodes: "The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel",
"The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance"
2000Jack & JillEpisode: "Animal Planet: Part 1"
2000Zoe, Duncan, Jack and JaneProf. BradfordEpisode: "Too Much Pressure"
2000Star Trek: VoyagerLokenEpisode: "Nightingale"
2001Rude AwakeningJosephEpisode: "Ode to Billie and Joe"
2001Yes, DearDr. BradleyEpisode: "The Big Snip"
2001Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max BickfordGraham RedmondEpisode: "Pilot"
2001Proud Family, TheThe Proud FamilyThe Talking Baby (voice)Episodes: "Spelling Bee", "Makeover"
2002-2003FireflyDerrial BookMain role (13 episodes)
2004Division, TheThe DivisionBarryEpisode: "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here"
2004-2008All Grown Up!Randy Carmichael (voice)Recurring role (12 episodes)
2006Secret History of Religion: Doomsday - Book of RevelationReenactorTV film
2006Secret History of Religion: Knights TemplarReenactorTV film
2006-2007SharkJudge Stewart FentonEpisodes: "Dr. Feelbad", "Dial M for Monica", "Student Body"
2008Dirty Sexy MoneyD.A. Dennis FordEpisodes: "The Star Witness", "The Verdict"
2011CSI: NYColby GlassEpisode: "To What End?"
2013Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.J. Stretian, MDEpisode: "Pilot", "The Magical Place"
2013Major CrimesEpisode: "There's No Place Like Home" (s02e09)
2014CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationPaul LomaxEpisode: "Killer Moves"

Video games[edit]

2008Fable IIGarthVoice


  1. ^ "Ron Glass Biography (1945-)", Film Reference.
  2. ^ Judyth Piazz (2007-10-25). "Ron Glass - Barney Miller/Serenity chats with Judyth Piazza" (Podcast). Retrieved December 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database. "Season 1, Episode 12: "I of Newton"". Retrieved 11 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Whedon, Firefly: The Official Companion Volume One, 166.

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