Detective Ron Harris (Ron Glass)
Ron Glass was born on July 10, 1945, in Evansville, Indiana, USA as Ronald Earle Glass. He was an actor and director best known for his role as the highly literate Detective, Ron Harris in Barney Miller (1975). He died on November 25, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Glass made his stage debut at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving to Hollywood. His earliest TV appearances include episodes of Sanford and Son in 1972, an episode of Hawaii Five-O in 1973, an episode of All in the Family in 1973, an episode of The Bob Newhart Show, and episodes of Good Times in 1974. In 1975, he landed the role of Det. Ron Harris in Barney Miller, which ran until 1982.
Glass died of respiratory failure on November 25, 2016, at the age of 71.
Sgt. Nick Yemana (Jack Soo)
Born Goro Suzuki, Jack Soo was a Japanese American actor, best known for his role as Detective Nick Yemana on the television sitcom Barney Miller.
Soo was born on a ship traveling from Japan to the United States in 1917. He lived in Oakland, California until ordered into internment along with other Japanese Americans during World War II. He was sent to the Topaz War Relocation Center in Utah and fellow internees recalled him as a “camp favorite”, an entertainer singing at dances and numerous events.
Soo’s career began at the end of WWII, where he entertained as a stand-up nightclub performer making a name for himself in the Midwestern United States. During his years playing the nightclub circuit, he met and became friends with future Barney Miller producer Danny Arnold, and was cast in his most memorable role in 1975 as the wry, laid-back Detective Nick Yemana on Barney Miller.
Soo was married to Jan Zdelar, a model. The couple had three children and two grandchildren. Soo was diagnosed with esophageal cancer during Barney Miller‘s fifth season (1978–79). He died on January 11, 1979.
Apparently, his last words to Hal Linden as he was being wheeled into the operating room before his death were “It must have been the coffee,” a reference to the running gag of his character having the reputation for making horrible coffee that his fellow detectives were forced to drink daily, becoming the ongoing joke throughout the series.