Thursday, July 10, 2008
Happy birthday to Ron Glass, who turns 63 today. Glass is of course best known for playing Detective Harris, the author of the police novel Blood on the Badge, on "Barney Miller," which is weirdly absent from the common venues of syndication. Doesn't everyone think this was a great show?
In terms of their level of amusement, and leaving Captain Miller out of it, I would rate the denizens of the Twelfth Precinct as follows:
8. Inspector Luger
So you can see, they kind of ran into trouble when Jack Soo died and Fish got his own show (remarkably enough, as of 12:16 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, July 10, 2008, Abe Vigoda is still alive). Before that, though, "Barney Miller" was quite a show.
Glass went on to play Felix to Demond Wilson's Oscar in "The New Odd Couple," which lasted longer than Wilson's other post-"Sanford" vehicle, "Baby I'm Back," although not as long, I think, as the Saturday morning cartoon "The Oddball Couple."