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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actor
Television Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Seas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1945
Birth Location:
Evansville, Indiana

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Stage Actor
Television Actor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Grits
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South Seas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/10/1945
Birth Location:
Evansville
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Biography

Actor Ron Glass was born Ronald Earle Glass to Lefia Mae Gibson Glass and Crump Allen Glass on July 10, 1945, in Evansville, Indiana. A spelling bee champion at St. John’s Elementary School, Glass attended St. Francis High School where he excelled at athletics and singing. After graduating in 1964, Glass attended the University of Evansville where he received his B.A. degree in drama and literature.

In 1968, Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Moving to Hollywood in 1972, Glass got his first television role in an episode of Sanford and Son. Other roles followed in All in the Family (1972); Maude (1972); Hawaii Five-O (1973); Good Times (1974); When Things Were Rotten (1975); and Streets of San Francisco (1976). In 1975, Glass became a regular on the police comedy Barney Miller; he later went on to play Felix in The New Odd Couple (1983). Glass appeared in series as varied as The Twilight Zone (1985); 227 (1985); Deep Space (1987); Family Matters (1989); Murder She Wrote (1984); Friends (1994); Star Trek Voyager (1995); Teen Angel (1997); and The Practice (1997). In 2002, Glass played the role of Shepherd Book in Firefly, which he reprised for Serenity, the 2005 movie based on the show.

Active in the community, Glass served on the boards of the American Repertory Dance Company, the Ka-Ron Lehman Dancers, and St. Thomas University. Glass was also the chairman of the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in Los Angeles, California.

Glass passed away on November 25, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass talks about visiting his mother's sister in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass describes his father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass describes his father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass recalls visits to his father's family in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his paternal family's sense of pride
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ronald Glass describes his father's job as a factory worker and their strained relationship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ronald Glass talks about his parents' marriage and separation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ronald Glass describes his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass explains his parents' move from Memphis, Tennessee to Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass describes the projects where his family lived in Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass recalls attending elementary school in Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass describes his elementary school experience in Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ronald Glass remembers his English class at St. Anthony Catholic School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ronald Glass describes his favorite teacher at St. Anthony Catholic School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ronald Glass describes his reunion with his favorite teacher in elementary school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass describes his household as a child and his place in it
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass recalls his introduction to classical music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass describes how he was perceived in his neighborhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass describes how he was perceived in his neighborhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass recalls attending St. Anthony Catholic Church in Evansville, Indiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass recalls standing up to bullies in his childhood
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ronald Glass remembers playing sports at St. Francis High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ronald Glass recalls his high school interests in sports and language
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass talks about attending Evansville College in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass recalls acting in his first play at Evansville College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass recalls graduating from the University of Evansville in 1968
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass describes his experience at The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass describes moving to Los Angeles, California in 1972
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass recalls being cast in the television sitcom 'Sanford and Son'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ronald Glass describes appearing in the TV sitcoms 'All in the Family' and 'Barney Miller'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his family's reaction to his success in Hollywood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his family's reaction to his success in Hollywood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass reflects upon race relations in Indiana and his awareness of the Civil Right Movement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass remembers not joining a college fraternity and his exemption from the draft
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass describes his character of Detective Ron Harris on 'Barney Miller,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass describes his character of Detective Ron Harris on 'Barney Miller, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass recalls his favorite scenes from the TV sitcom 'Barney Miller'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass describes his work on the TV sitcom 'The New Odd Couple'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Ronald Glass describes his role for the TV sitcom 'Mr. Rhodes'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ronald Glass describes his community involvement in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ronald Glass describes his involvement with Los Angeles' Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ronald Glass describes his appearance on the TV show 'Firefly' and the film 'Serenity'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ronald Glass talks about his desire to continue his acting career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ronald Glass describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his life and career, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his life and career, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Ronald Glass talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Ronald Glass reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Ronald Glass describes how he would like to be remembered