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Update 2017: Actor/Director, Community Leader and Mentor Ronald Earle Glass (Shepherd Derrial Book) died on November 25, 2016 from respiratory failure at the age of 71.

Ron first appeared on Television in 1972 and continued to work in TV until 2014 with hundreds of credits to his name. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, he worked in regional theater in Minneapolis. He was a member of the Soka Gakkai International, a lay Buddhist organization. Held a double major with BA degrees in drama and literature from the University of Evansville, Indiana, where he was born in 1945.

Ron found his true passion in life mentoring children at the Wooten Center in 1992. He has held a position on the board of directors since that year, serving as chairperson for 12 years from 1993 to 2005. We're told that Ron was very proud of his work at the center and that he wanted it known that it was an important part of his mission in life.

On screen and off he is remembered for his hearty laugh that could leave you in stitches and trademark rich and mellow voice that inspired and reassured people with words of true wisdom that can come only from an enlightened and inspired soul.

Longtime friend Darrel Wright, who was with him when he passed, relayed the message of Ron's last wish for support for the Wooten Center and has been working to make it happen. To learn more about organization and people so dear to Ron’s heart you can visit https://www.wootencenter.org/.

At the time of his passing his friends and Firefly co-stars took to Social Media to offer fond remembrances and final farewells. This post by co-star Adam Baldwin reflects our feelings best:

Happy rebirth, dear Ron Glass. Among the kindest and gentlest souls to have walked this earth with us.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin)

From FireflyWiki.org

Ron Glass

Most famous for his memorable portrayal of Detective Ron Harris on the critically acclaimed and award winning television series Barney Miller, Ron Glass was born July tenth 1945 in Evansville Indiana. One of the most famous alumni of Saint Francis Seminary, he made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.

His resume of television and stage include many television movies as well as guest appearances on Sanford and Son, Designing Women, Friends, Hart to Hart, Twilight Zone, Maude, Hawaii Five-O, Murder She Wrote, The Practice, 227, Yes Dear, Star Trek Voyager, the Education of Max Bickford, the Bob Newhart Show, Amen, Family Matters, Good Times, and All In The Family, just to name a few. He even played the part of Felix Unger on the short-lived television series The New Odd Couple. However, second only to Barney Miller, perhaps his best television role, certainly the most recent feather in his cap, is that of Shepherd Book on Firefly.

Some might even argue his performance on Firefly has far excelled his earlier days, because his portrayal of Book encompassed both comedy and drama and was infused with a real humanity. Book is a puzzle of a man and a surprisingly real, believable character. Book plays his cards close to his chest, and said as much with what he did not reveal to the camera as what he did. Most importantly, one forgot to see Glass after awhile, and only saw Book. That alone is a testament to any performer with a face as memorable as that of Ron Glass.

Date of Birth:  10 July 1945
Birthplace:  Evansville, Indiana


  • Actor - filmography

    • Serenity (2005) .... Shepherd Meria Book
    • "All Growd Up" (2003) TV Series (voice) .... Randy Carmichael
      ... aka Rugrats All Grown Up (Australia)
    • "Firefly" (2002/I) TV Series .... Shepherd Book
      ... aka Firefly: The Series (USA)
    • Recess: School's Out (2001) (voice) .... Dr. Lazenby/Tech #2


    • Unbowed (1999) .... President Duquesne
    • Incognito (1999) (TV) .... Marcus Courtland
    • Deal of a Lifetime (1999) .... Mr. Creighton
    • "Teen Angel" (1997) TV Series .... God's cousin Rod
    • Back in Business (1997) .... Allen Smith
      ... aka Heart of Stone (USA)
    • "Mr. Rhodes" (1996) TV Series .... Ronald Felcher
    • It's My Party (1996) .... Dr. David Wahl
    • Houseguest (1995) .... Derek Bond
    • "Rugrats" (1991) TV Series .... Randy Carmichael (1992-2004)
    • "Rhythm & Blues" (1992) TV Series .... Don


    • Deep Space (1987) .... Jerry Merris
    • Perry Mason: The Case of the Shooting Star (1986) (TV) .... Eric Brenner
    • Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster (1985) (TV) .... Midnight Brewster
    • Sound of Sunshine - Sound of Rain (1983) .... Narrator
    • "The New Odd Couple" (1982) TV Series .... Felix Unger (1982)


    • Crash (1978) (TV) .... Jerry Grant
      ... aka Crash of Flight 401
    • "Barney Miller" (1975) TV Series .... Det. Ron Harris
    • Let's Switch! (1975) (TV) .... LaRue Williams
    • The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974) .... Quintus
      ... aka Vrooder's Hooch (USA)
    • Change at 125th Street (1974) (TV)
    • Shirts/Skins (1973) (TV) .... Mr. Brown
    • Beg, Borrow, or Steal (1973) (TV) .... Ray Buren
  • Director - filmography
    • "Stat" (1991) TV Series
  • Himself - filmography
    • Here's How It Was: The Making of 'Firefly' (2003) (V) .... Himself
    • Inside TV Land: Cops on Camera (2002) (TV) .... Himself
    • Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television (2002) (TV) .... Himself (narration)
  • Notable TV Guest Appearances
    • "The Division" playing "Barry" in episode: "Hail, Hail, the Gang's All Here" (episode # 4.19) 20 June 2004
    • "The Proud Family" playing "The Talking Baby" (voice) in episode: "Makeover" (episode # 1.12) 14 December 2001
    • "The Proud Family" playing "The Talking Baby" (voice) in episode: "Spelling Bee" (episode # 1.6) 12 October 2001
    • "The Education of Max Bickford" playing "Graham Redmond" in episode: "Pilot" (episode # 1.1) 23 September 2001
    • "Yes, Dear" playing "Dr. Bradley" in episode: "The Big Snip" (episode # 1.15) 12 February 2001
    • "Star Trek: Voyager" playing "Loken" in episode: "Nightingale" (episode # 7.8) 6 December 2000
    • "Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane" playing "Professor Bradford" in episode: "Too Much Pressure" (episode # 2.11) 28 May 2000
    • "Jack & Jill" in episode: "Animal Planet: Part 1" (episode # 1.13) 6 February 2000
    • "Friends" playing "Russell" in episode: "The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance" (episode # 6.4) 14 October 1999
    • "Friends" playing "Russell" in episode: "The One Where Ross Hugs Rachel" (episode # 6.2) 30 September 1999
    • "Twice In a Lifetime" playing "Charlie Winters" in episode: "The Blame Game" (episode # 1.6) 29 September 1999
    • "The Practice" playing "Judge Kent" in episode: "Reasonable Doubts" (episode # 2.1) 20 September 1997
    • "Designing Women" playing "Punch" in episode: "It's Not So Easy Being Green" (episode # 7.18) 2 April 1993
    • "Murder, She Wrote" playing "Lt. Hanrahan" in episode: "Incident in Lot #7" (episode # 8.13) 19 January 1992
    • "Amen" playing "Jason Lockwood" in episode: "Deak-Scam" (episode # 5.17) 30 March 1991
    • "Amen" playing "Jason Lockwood" in episode: "Miracle on 134th Street: Part 2" (episode # 5.6) 22 December 1990
    • "Amen" playing "Jason Lockwood" in episode: "Miracle on 134th Street: Part 1" (episode # 5.5) 22 December 1990
    • "Family Matters" playing "Buddy Goodrich" in episode: "False Arrest" (episode # 1.10) 28 November 1989
    • "Amen" playing "Jason Lockwood" in episode: "Witness for the Defense" (episode # 4.6) 28 October 1989
    •  "227" playing "Robert Stone" in episode: "There Goes the Building" (episode # 3.3) 17 October 1987
    • "227" playing "Robert Stone" in episode: "The Audit" (episode # 2.16) 21 February 1987
    • "The Twilight Zone" playing "The Devil" in episode: "I of Newton" (episode # 1.29) 13 December 1985
    • "Hart to Hart" playing "Conductor Slattery" in episode: "Hartland Express" (episode # 3.4) 3 November 1981
    • "The $10,000 Pyramid" playing "Guest Panelist" 27 February 1978
    • "The Streets of San Francisco" playing "Arlen Washington" in episode: "The Thrill Killers: Part 2" (episode # 5.2) 7 October 1976
    • "The Streets of San Francisco" playing "Arlen Washington" in episode: "The Thrill Killers: Part 1" (episode # 5.1) 30 September 1976
    • "When Things Were Rotten" playing "Black Knight" in episode: "This Lance for Hire" (episode # 1.13) 3 December 1975
    • "Sanford and Son" playing "Herman" in episode: "Once a Thief" (episode # 4.15) 27 December 1974
    • "Good Times" playing "Mr. Anderson" in episode: "The Encyclopedia Hustle" (episode # 2.8) 29 October 1974
    • "Good Times" playing "Mr. Peason" in episode: "Cross-Town Buses Run All Day Doo Dah, Doo Dah" (episode # 2.4) 1 October 1974
    • "The Bob Newhart Show" playing "Elevator Repairman" in episode: "Fit, Fat and Forty One" (episode # 2.11) 24 November 1973
    • "Hawaii Five-O" playing "J. Paul" in episode: "Tricks Are Not Treats" (episode # 6.7) 23 October 1973
    • "Maude" playing "Whitnauer" in episode: "Florida's Affair" (episode # 2.6) 16 October 1973
    • "All in the Family" playing "Jack" in episode: "Everybody Tells the Truth" (episode # 3.21) 3 March 1973
    • "Sanford and Son" playing "Hucklebuck" in episode: "The Card Sharps" (episode # 2.6) 27 October 1972


  -   Last Edited on: August 17, 2017

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