Ron Glass '63

Ron Glass is one of the famous alumni of Saint Francis Seminary.  He's well known for his role as a detective in the Barney Miller television series.  Here are his biographical notes from the 1964 graduation issue of the Brown & White:

A man with as many talents as friends is Big "G" from Evansville, Indiana¦ tops in any sport¦ handles his subjects with ease¦ knows as many words as Webster and has the best voice in the school.  Ron always steals the show with his solo when the Glee Club performs.  He maintains that nothing can compare with opera in beauty, and that no one has seen real acting till he has seen a good Shakespearian actor.  He eats the most in the class, is always borrowing some tobacco, is forever laughing and wherever he and Carpinelli get together there is usually a riot.  He is forever telling us that he is going to quit smoking.  As refectory prefect, Ron makes us walk the line.  He is the photographer for the B&W, but hates to take pictures.  Ron says his most memorable experience at the seminary is the time he had to sing his solo for the clerics at St. Leonard College.

Ron Glass made a successful career on TV sitcoms.  He is best recalled as the clothes-conscious Detective Ron Harris on the long-running sitcom "Barney Miller" (ABC, 1975-82), along with Hal Linden, Max Gail and others.  With solid Midwestern roots, the Indiana-born Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis before migrating to Hollywood.  His first TV work was in an episode of "Sanford and Son" in 1972, which he followed with an appearance on "Good Times" as a con artist posing as a blind man.  In 1975, he landed "Barney Miller" and at the demise of that series, Glass was given a shot at headlining a series.  He was teamed by ABC with Demond Wilson in "The New Odd Couple", a short-lived 1983 series in which Glass played the Felix Unger character.  During the rest of the 80s, he guest-starred on numerous TV series, often playing smarmy or egomaniacal characters.  He was a country-club nemesis for Sherman Helmsley on several episodes of "Amen" from 1989-91, and, in the 90s, Glass was an outrageously self-absorbed celebrity pushing Carl Winslow around on "Family Matters".  Occasionally, Glass appeared in dramas, such as a 1985 episode of "Twilight Zone", in which he was a mathematics whiz who conjures a demon.  Glass returned to series TV in 1992 as the sales manager of a radio station on NBC's short-lived "Rhythm and Blues", which focused on the exploits of a Caucasian DJ at a Black radio station.  In 1996, he was again on NBC co-starring in "Mr. Rhodes", a vehicle for stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes.  Glass has also appeared in the occasional TV-movie, beginning with thug roles in "Beg, Borrow or Steal" and "Shirts and Skins" (both ABC, 1973), and in "Perry Mason-The Case of the Shooting Star" (NBC, 1983).  Additionally, Glass has directed sitcoms, including episodes of "STAT!" (ABC, 1991).  Glass was in one of the first direct-to-video releases, "Deep Space" (1988), in which nasty aliens were running amok.  He was seen on the big screen as doctors in both "Houseguest" (1995), starring Sinbad, and Randal Kleiser's "It's My Party" (1996).

Born: July 10, 1945 
Birth Place: Evansville, Indiana

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