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Actor Ron Glass attends the "Barney Miller" television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Actor Ron Glass attends the “Barney Miller” television show reunion honoring the show with the Wall of Fame Plaque installation at Sunset Gower Studios on November 16, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Actor Ron Glass, known for his role on the police sitcom “Barney Miller,” has died, his agent says.

Glass, 71, died on Friday night, Jeffrey Leavitt told CNN.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my dear friend and client Ron Glass,” Leavitt said. “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,” he said.

Glass was nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actor in “Barney Miller,” which ran from the mid-1970s to 1982. He played dapper and intellectual Det. Ron Harris. The show, which involved witty exchanges and colorful crime suspects, was set in a New York City police station. Hal Linden played the title character.

Nate Fillion — Glass’s co-star from the TV series “Firefly” and the sequel film “Serenity” — paid tribute on Instagram, quoting Glass’s character and telling him “Not to go far.”