Sad news in Hollywood on Saturday: Ron Glass has died at age 71. Glass' rep confirmed the news to Variety, but did not provide any further details. Update: On Saturday, Glass' rep told TheWrap that the actor died from respiratory failure on Friday night.
Earlier: The talented actor's career spanned decades, starting in the '70s until the 2010s. While he may be best remembered for his roles on TV series like, Barney Miller, and Firefly, he also voiced characters in some of your favorite '90s/early '00s cartoons — and you may not have even known it. Remember Susie Carmichael's dad, Randy, on Rugrats and its subsequent spin-off, All Grown Up? Or the talking baby on The Proud Family? You can thank Glass for those memorable voices.
But beyond cartoons and the aforementioned shows, Glass has been a staple in pop culture for the past 40+ years. He made cameos on everything from Friends to The Twilight Zone to All In The Family to Star Trek: Voyager. In 1982, Glass was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Musical Series for his work on Barney Miller.
When news broke about his death, the tributes began pouring in on social media — from fellow celebrities, co-stars, and TV series that he starred on. And likely this is just the beginning.
If you can, celebrate Glass' life this weekend by remembering some of his best work — whether that means re-watching the short-lived series Firefly (available on Netflix) for the millionth time, or experiencing it for the first. Glass certainly left his mark on Hollywood and will be greatly missed.