Comedy actor Ron Carey dies


Ron Carey, an actor known for his roles on the sitcom "Barney Miller" and in three of Mel Brooks' films, has died. He was 71.

He died Tuesday of complications from a stroke at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Carey was born Dec. 11, 1935, in Newark, N.J. He began his career as a stand-up comic on talk shows, including those hosted by Merv Griffin, Mike Douglas, Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson. His most famous role was as the brown-nosing wannabe detective Officer Carl Levitt on "Barney Miller," which ran on ABC from 1975-82.

Carey's feature credits include Brooks' "History of the World, Part I," "High Anxiety" and "Silent Movie." He also appeared in "Johnny Dangerously," "Fatso" and the 1970 "The Out of Towners."

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, brother Jimmy Cicenia and sister-in-law Dolores. A memorial is set for Tuesday at Christ the King Church in Los Angeles.