Ron Carey, "Barney Miller" Actor, Dies at 71
By Robert Simonson
Ron Carey, the comic character actor who was best known as the constantly self-promoting Officer Levitt on the television series "Barney Miller," but who also boasted stage and film credits, died Jan. 16 in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke, it was reported. He was 71.
For his pains, Levitt was finally promoted late in the run of the series. To proclaim his new status, he donned a series of garish plaid sport jackets, much to the horror of office clotheshorse Detective Harris (Ron Glass).
Mr. Carey was born Ronald Cincenia in Newark, New Jersey, on Dec. 11, 1935. His early years in show business were spent as a comedian. He made stand-up appearances on "The Merv Griffin Show," "The Mike Douglas Show" and "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. He starred on Broadway in Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna's 1968 comedy Lovers and Other Strangers. With his high, nasal voice and New Joisey manners, he often came off as something like Joe Pesci's nicer kid brother.
He was also a favorite of film director Mel Brooks, who cast him in "Silent Movie," "High Anxiety" and "History of the World, Part I." He also starred in the movies "Fatso" and "Johnny Dangerously."
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