StarTrek.com is saddened to report the passing of Emmy Award-nominated actor Ron Glass, whose credits included a long run as Detective Ron Harris on Barney Miller, as well as the series-regular role of Shepherd Derrial Book on Firefly (and in the film Serenity), and one trip to the Star Trek universe. Glass guest starred as Loken on the Voyager episode "Nightingale." He was 71 at the time of his passing on November 25, according to Variety, though the location and cause of his death had not yet be confirmed.
In "Nightingale," Loken was a Kraylor who faked being a doctor, fooling Harry Kim. It turned out that Loken was actually a scientist who'd created a cloaking device that his people could use in their effort to overcome a blockade of their planet by the Annari. "Nightingale" aired in November 2000, and was the eighth episode of Voyager's seventh season.
Beyond Voyager, Barney Miller and Firefly/Serenity, Glass appeared in such other films and television shows as Sanford and Son, Hawaii Five-O, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, The New Odd Couple, Amen, Family Matters, Houseguest, Friends, Lakeview Terrace, Shark, CSI: NY, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Major Crimes and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also lent his voice to the popular animated series Rugrats and All Grown Up!
Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to Glass's family, friends and colleagues.