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‘Night Court’ actor Richard Moll dies at 80


Richard Moll, the actor best known for the role of bailiff Bull Shannon in “Night Court,” has died at the age of 80.

A representative for Moll confirmed to Fox News Digital that the actor died earlier this week at his home in Big Bear Lake, California. The cause of death has not been revealed.

“The Studio Talent Group mourns the passing of our long-time actor client, the indomitable Richard Moll. A gifted and humanitarian actor, he was a caring and loving father with an undeniably unique personality,” the statement read.

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Richard Moll, an actor who achieved lasting fame as the eccentric but gentle giant bailiff in the original sitcom “Night Court,” has died. He was 80 years old. (Getty Images)

“Immensely talented, sometimes misunderstood… He was literally and figuratively larger than life. He was a wonderful member of the Studio Talent Group family.”

Moll played Bull Shannon on the hit television series “Night Court” from 1984 to 1992. He starred alongside Harry Anderson and John Larroquette.

Her character formed a close friendship with the other court bailiff, Roz Russell, played by Marsha Warfield. Bull was known for his catchphrase “Ohh-kay” and his dark but gentle worldview.

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Richard Moll

Richard Moll died Thursday, October 26, 2023 at his home in Big Bear Lake, California. (AP Images)

However, the towering 6-foot-8 actor did not participate in the “Night Court” reboot. The original finale of “Night Court” ended with his character being kidnapped by aliens who needed someone tall to reach the items on their highest shelves.

Moll moved to Los Angeles in 1968 to pursue his acting career in Hollywood. The veteran actor’s remarkable achievements spanned almost sixty years.

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Night Court Cast

Pictured: (top left) Richard Moll as Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon, Harry Anderson as Judge Harold “Harry” T. Stone, Charles Robinson as Macintosh “Mac” Robinson, ( bottom left) Marsha Warfield as Rosalind “Roz” Russell, Markie Post as Christine Sullivan, John Larroquette as Daniel R. “Dan” Fielding. (Getty Images)

He played a cannibal in a Hertz commercial alongside Don Adams, then Joseph Smith in a 1977 Brigham Young biopic before landing roles in episodes of “Welcome Back,” “Kotter” and “The Rockford Files.” .

In 1979, Moll was cast as a gangster in the two-part “Happy Days” episode “Fonzie’s Funeral”, which led to appearances on two other shows created by Garry Marshall, “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy.”

Moll was also featured in a two-part episode of “The Facts of Life” in 1987 and returned as “The Drifter” in the 1999-2002 Nickelodeon comedy “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.”

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He has brought his signature deep voice to various video game and comic book projects like “Batman: The Animated Series” as Harvey Dent and appeared in horror films including 2013’s “Ghost Shark” and “Slay Belles” in 2018.

He played Scorpion in 1990’s “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” and had minor roles in 1994’s “The Flintstones,” the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy “Jingle All the Way” and “Scary Movie 2.”

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When Moll was not on television or movie sets, he was an avid bird watcher and loved nature.

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

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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