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"Farewell to a Legend: Remembering Richard Moll's Iconic Role as 'Bull' Shannon on 'Night Court'"

“Farewell to a Legend: Remembering Richard Moll’s Iconic Role as ‘Bull’ Shannon on ‘Night Court'”

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Beloved Actor Richard Moll, Known for His Iconic Role as Bull Shannon in “Night Court,” Passes Away at 80

Richard Moll, the talented actor best known for his portrayal of the lovable bailiff Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon in the original “Night Court” sitcom, has died at the age of 80. The news of his passing was confirmed by a family representative, although the cause of death has not been disclosed. Moll’s death marks the end of an era for television, as he leaves behind a legacy of memorable performances and a beloved character that captured the hearts of millions.

A Humorous Contrast

Moll’s larger-than-life presence, standing at an impressive 6-foot-8 with a shaved head, provided a humorous contrast to his genial and gentle persona on the hit comedy series “Night Court.” The show, which aired from 1984 to 1992 on NBC, depicted the late-night antics of a Manhattan municipal courtroom. Moll’s portrayal of Bull Shannon was integral to the show’s success, as he appeared in nearly every episode, becoming a beloved TV fixture for viewers around the world.

A Journey to Acting

Born on January 13, 1943, in Pasadena, Richard Charles Moll was the youngest of three children. After graduating from UC Berkeley with majors in history and psychology, Moll found himself drawn to acting. He initially worked various jobs, including as a probation officer and a head of stock in a San Francisco store, before discovering his passion for the craft. Moll’s journey into acting began with performances of Shakespearean works at the Will Geer open-air theater in Topanga. In 1968, he made the leap to Hollywood, where he spent the next decade touring with theater troupes and securing occasional roles in movies and commercials that capitalized on his imposing appearance.

Paying Tribute to Bull Shannon

It was in the early 1980s that Moll made a significant career choice by shaving his head for a role in the science fiction film “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn.” This decision proved to be a turning point for him, as it ultimately led to his iconic role as Bull Shannon in “Night Court.” Casting directors were instantly captivated by his look, and Moll’s talent and charm solidified Bull as a beloved character. While the original vision for Bull was a “very hard-edged” persona, Moll’s portrayal added a softer touch, further endearing him to fans.

Expanding His Range

Following the success of “Night Court,” Moll’s career continued to flourish. He ventured into film and voice-over work, lending his voice to Harvey Dent/Two-Face on “The Adventures of Batman & Robin” and Scorpion on “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” Moll also took on small film roles in movies such as “The Flintstones,” “Jingle All the Way,” and “Scary Movie 2.” In television, he appeared in recurring roles on the NBC sitcom “Getting By” and the Nickelodeon series “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd,” in addition to guest-starring on popular shows like “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “7th Heaven,” “Smallville,” and “Cold Case.”

A Lasting Legacy

Moll’s talent stretched beyond his iconic role as Bull Shannon. He demonstrated his versatility as an actor, taking on diverse roles that showcased his range. In the independent film “Cats and Mice,” Moll portrayed a cross-dressing madam in a brothel. He also tackled the role of a gay man in the satirical romantic comedy “But I’m a Cheerleader,” where he played alongside Wesley Mann, portraying a pair of characters who guide teenagers sent to a re-education camp by their parents.

Fond Memories and Fond Farewells

Richard Moll’s passing marks a sad moment for fans of television and fans of “Night Court” in particular. As the news of his death spreads, nostalgia and fond memories of Moll’s talent and his beloved character will undoubtedly flood the hearts of viewers globally. His contribution to the world of entertainment will not be forgotten, and his impact on the genre of comedy television will forever be cherished. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all those who were affected by his work.


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