Ron Glass, star of ‘Barney Miller,’ dies at 71

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)

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 – Ron Glass, a prolific character actor best known for his role as Detective Ron Harris, the handsome, good-natured cop in the long-running comedy series “Barney Miller,” has died. He was 71.

His agent, Jeffrey Leavett, tells The Associated Press Glass died Friday of respiratory failure.

Although best known for “Barney Miller,” Glass also appeared in dozens of other shows in a television, film and stage career dating to the early 1970s.

He was the spiritual shepherd Derrial Book in the cult science-fiction series “Firefly” and its film sequel “Serenity.”

He also portrayed Felix Unger opposite Desmond Wilson’s Oscar Madison in “The New Odd Couple,” a 1980s reboot of the original film and television series.

HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 16: (L-R) Actors Ron Glass, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg and Hal Linden 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) Actors Ron Glass, Max Gail, Steve Landesberg and Hal Linden 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).