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01-21-2007, 03:52 PM
Did he ever make plain-clothes cop?


'Barney Miller' officer Ron Carey dies

Sat Jan 20, 11:16 PM ET

Ron Carey, an actor best known for his work as a cocky, height-challenged policeman on the 1970s TV comedy "Barney Miller," has died. He was 71.

Carey died of a stroke Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said Michael Ciccolini, an extended relative and family spokesman.

Carey had a recurring role on "Barney Miller" from 1976 to 1982 as Officer Carl Levitt, who yearned for a promotion to detective in the New York squad room run by Capt. Barney Miller (Hal Linden).

Carey also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, including "High Anxiety" and "History of the World Part I."

"Ron Carey was truly talented, very funny and one of the dearest men I've ever worked with," Brooks said in a statement.

Carey played a Boston cab driver in the 1970 Jack Lemmon comedy "The Out of Towners." He also appeared in scores of commercials, and took pride in being a supporting player and a character actor.

"Stars are stars," he told Newsday in 1989. "But without us, the show wouldn't go on."

Carey was born Ronald Joseph Cicenia on Dec. 11, 1935, in Newark, N.J.

He launched his stand-up comedy career in New York after earning a bachelor's degree in communications from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., in 1956. He made his first national television appearance a decade later on "The Merv Griffin Show." Appearances on "The Tonight Show" and the "Ed Sullivan Show" followed.

Carey is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his brother, Jimmy Cicenia.

siberian khatru
01-21-2007, 03:57 PM
"I got it! I got it! I got it!" (Thump) "I don't got it."

01-21-2007, 04:01 PM
I don't remember which one he was.

01-21-2007, 04:03 PM
"I got it! I got it! I got it!" (Thump) "I don't got it."
ROFL High Anxiety.

01-21-2007, 04:17 PM
Since this thread is worthless without pics...


...He is the one in the middle.

Rain Man
01-21-2007, 05:19 PM
And therein dies my hopes for a Barney Miller reunion show.

01-22-2007, 12:44 PM
And therein dies my hopes for a Barney Miller reunion show.
SgtYamana died years ago.

01-22-2007, 12:50 PM
SgtYamana died years ago.

He was awesome!! Best character on the show, imo.


One of his most memorable scenes was when Yemana was accused of "squinting" at a Caucasian. Deadpan, without changing his expression in the slightest, he says words to the effect of "I'm not squinting . . .THIS is squinting!" This line has since become a favorite among Asians, most of whom don't know the origins.

01-22-2007, 12:53 PM
Barney Miller may have been the greatest sit-com of all time. Certainly one of my all time favorites.

I always enjoyed the Ron Glass character about the best. The only other thing I have seen him in was as the Shepard in Firefly (another great show BTW).

01-22-2007, 01:04 PM
RIP Ron.