This year has been hard in terms of loss in the celebrity realm.
For me, this included taking a break from the internet.
But around noon Nov. 27, I dragged myself out of the house to come to the office and was devastated by the news of the Nov. 25 death of Ron Glass. He was 71.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my dear friend and client, Ron Glass,” his agent, Jeffrey Leavitt, told CNN last weekend.
“Ron passed late last night of respiratory failure. Ron was a private, gentle and caring man. He was an absolute delight to watch on screen. Words cannot adequately express my sorrow,” Leavitt said.
Early life of Ron Glass
Glass’ personal life was just that — personal. Not much is known about the man, whose career spanned more than 40 years.
In fact, there isn’t even any information about whether he ever was married.
Glass was born July 10, 1945, in Evansville, Indiana, as Ronald Earle Glass. He was an actor and director.
Glass attended the University of Evansville, where he received a bachelor of arts degree, double-majoring in drama and literature.
Several years later, the university awarded him its Medal of Honor.
Some might remember Glass best as Detective Ron Harris from “Barney Miller,” a sitcom that ran from the mid-1970s to 1982.
Glass was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor in “Barney Miller.”
However, he always will be Shepherd Book — from “Firefly” and “Serenity” — in my mind.
‘Firefly’ co-stars mourn
His co-workers from “Firefly” and “Serenity” have shared their thoughts and feelings on social media following Glass’ death.
Co-star Nathan Filllion gave a tribute on Instagram, paying homage to Glass and his character, Shepherd Book:
“‘Shepard, don’t move.’ ‘Won’t go far.’ We love you, Ron Glass. Don’t go far.”
Joss Whedon, the creator of the “Firefly” franchise, said this: “He got there with grace, humor and enormous heart. He was, among so many other things, my Shepherd. Raise, appropriately, a glass. Rest, Ron.”
Co-star Jewel Staite posted a photo of herself with Glass that was taken during the shooting of “Firefly.”
“This is me acting like an idiot just so I could hear Ron Glass laugh,” she said.
“He was the kind of person that remembered the details, that asked about your family’s well-being. He hugged hard and often. He would laugh till he cried at a sick joke and top it with a worse one.”
“He loved a Grey Goose crantini and spilled one on my white jeans in the heat of telling a story, and then just said, ‘Girl, those were ugly pants anyway,’” Staite added. “I adored him. Everybody did. I love you, Ron. Can’t wait to see you again. ‘I don’t care what you believe. Just believe it.’”
Fellow actor Alan Tudyk, in typical Tudyk fashion, posted twice — once honoring Glass and another time bringing humor into the situation.
“Ron Glass was one of the greatest actors to work with. His laugh was beyond infectious and his generosity was ever present,” Tudyk posted.
“Ron Glass was also a sassy smart ass and I prize that very much. A leaf on the wind.”
Co-star Adam Baldwin simply said, “Happy rebirth, dear Ron Glass.”
Baldwin also called Glass one of the “kindest and gentlest souls to have walked this earth with us.”