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Richard Moll, Renowned as Bull the Bailiff on ‘Night Court,’ Passed Away at the Age of 80

Richard Moll
Richard Moll (Credits: Huffpost)

Actor Richard Moll passed away on Thursday at the age of 80 in his residence in Big Bear Lake, California. Standing at an imposing height of 6 feet 8 inches and possessing a distinctive deep voice, Moll was renowned for his portrayal of Bull Shannon, the bailiff in the popular television series “Night Court,” alongside co-stars Harry Anderson and John Larroquette. He held this role from 1984 to 1992.

Moll’s career featured notable achievements, including a Saturn award nomination for his role in the 1985 horror film “House.” He also lent his voice to the characters Harvey Dent/Two-Face in “The Adventures of Batman & Robin” and Scorpion in “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” Additionally, his acting credits extended to movies such as “The Flintstones,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Casper Meets Wendy,” and “Scary Movie 2.”

Richard Moll

Richard Moll (Credits: Variety)

In the realm of television, he had a recurring role in the sitcom “Getting By,” starring Cindy Williams, and voiced a character in “Mighty Max.” His diverse television appearances included “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “7th Heaven,” and “Smallville.” In 1999, Moll played a significant part in the satirical film, “But I’m a Cheerleader,” alongside Natasha Lyonne. In the movie, he portrayed a gay man guiding teenagers sent to a re-education camp by parents who suspected their homosexuality.

Moll’s acting journey continued with roles in various projects, including the horror movie “Nightmare Man” in 2006. He also starred in “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage” alongside notable actors like Peter O’Toole, Marcia Gay Harden, and Ed Asner. His later appearances encompassed “Cold Case” and “Anger Management.” Additionally, he made appearances in made-for-television films like “No Place Like Home” and “The Headless Horseman.”

Born in Pasadena on January 13, 1943, Moll was a graduate of UC Berkeley, where he embarked on his acting career at the Will Geer Theatre, performing in works of Shakespeare.

Beyond his acting career, Moll was an avid bird watcher and nature enthusiast. He eventually retired to Big Bear Lake.

He is survived by his children Chloe and Mason Moll, his ex-wife Susan Moll, and stepchildren Cassandra Card and Morgan Ostling.

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