Who is Richard Moll?

Charles Richard Moll was born in Pasadena, California USA, on 13 January 1943 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, perhaps known best for having played the role of Bull, the bald bailiff, in the popular NBC sitcom “Night Court”.

Early life and education

Richard was born to Violet Anita, a nurse, and Harry Findley Moll, who was a lawyer; he has two younger siblings. He attended Pasadena High School, from which he matriculated in 1961. Richard initially didn’t plan on pursuing an acting career, and instead went on to study Psychology at the University of California, graduating in 1965. During his time there, he was a member of the famous Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, which has been active since 1865.

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Roles in movies

Richard didn’t make his acting breakthrough until well into his thirties. He appeared in his first movie in 1977, when he played the role of Joseph Smith in the biographical drama “Brigham”, centered on the founder of Salt Lake City and the first governor of Utah, Brigham Young. In the following years, he mainly pursued roles in TV movies, such as “The Jericho Mile”, “Mark Twain: Beneath the Laughter”, and “The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire”.

In 1981, Richard had a role in the comedy “Caveman”, which starred The Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr. Four years later, he played one of the leads in the horror comedy “House”, directed by Steve Miner and which also starred William Katt, Kay Lenz and George Wendt.

For his performance in the movie, Richard was nominated for the 1987 Saturn Award in the Best Supporting Actor category.  In 1994, Richard played the role of Hogie in the live-action adaptation of the popular 1970’s cartoon “The Flintstones”, centering on a modernized version of a Stone Age family.

Five years later, he had a supporting role in the cult classic coming-of-age comedy “But I’m a Cheerleader”, which follows the story of a teenage girl who was sent to a religious rehab camp, under suspicion of being a lesbian. In 2001, Richard appeared alongside David Duchovny, Orlando Jones and Seann William Scott, in the blockbuster sci-fi comedy “Evolution”, directed by Ivan Retiman. In the same year, he appeared in another box-office smash hit, the horror parody “Scary Movie 2”.

More recently, in 2014 Richard played one of the leads in the award-winning comedy-drama “BFFs”, which premiered at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. As of January 2022, Richard is set to play the leading role in the upcoming horror “Whispers and Shadows”, written and directed by Jace Witman.

Roles in TV series

Richard made his TV series debut in 1978, when he appeared in an episode of the comedy “Welcome Back, Kotter”. In the following years, he made episodic appearances in numerous other TV shows, including “B. J. and the Bear”, “Here’s Boomer”, and “T. J. Hooker”, before landing a recurring role in the popular NBC sitcom “Night Court”; the series aired from January 1984 to May 1992, spanning over nine seasons and almost 200 episodes.

It centers on the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, presided over by eccentric young judge, Harold ‘Harry’ T. Stone.

In the series, Richard played the role of Nostradamus ‘Bull’ Shannon, a physically threatening policeman, who’s actually very gentle and caring; he was known for his catchphrase ‘Ooo-kay’, and loudly clapping his hand against his forehead. Prior to landing a role in “Night Court”, Richard was filming a sci-fi movie “Metalstorm”, which required him to shave his head. When he arrived to audition for the series, the producers ended up liking his bald look so much that they wanted him to keep it for the entire run.

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“Night Court” won numerous awards, including seven Primetime Emmys, and was nominated for 34 other awards. Aside from the US, the show aired in syndication in Canada, New Zealand and Australia, where it became one of the most beloved TV series at the time.

In 1996, Richard starred in all six episodes of the mini-series “Adventures of Smoke Below”, and from 1999 to 2002, he played the recurring role of Drifter in the family sitcom “100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd”, about a high school bully who was transformed into a dog, and must perform 100 good deeds before he gets to return to human form.

More recently, in 2013, Richard made a guest appearance in the popular sitcom “Anger Management”, and also in the Disney Channel comedy “Kirby Buckets” in 2015; he hasn’t appeared in any TV series since then.

Voiceover roles

In the early 1990s, Richard started taking on voiceover roles, starting with “Batman: The Animated Series”, in which he voiced various characters, including Two-Face, Harvey Dent and Bat Computer. From 1993 through 1994, he voiced the character Norman, in 40 episodes of the animated action series “Mighty Max”, centered on a 12-year-old boy who has a magical cap, which allows him to teleport between dimensions.

Richard continued to work on animated superhero shows, voicing Emperor Spooj in “Superman: The Animated Series”, Abomination in “The Incredible Hulk”, and Scorpion in “Spiderman: The Animated Series”.

In 1997, he voiced Caboot, in the first installment of the “Fallout” video game series, entitled “Fallout: A Post-Nuclear Role-Playing Game”. In the same year, he reprised the role of Two-Face in “The New Batman Adventures”, and again 13 years later, in an episode of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold”.

Love life and wife

Richard has been married two times. His first wife was his college sweetheart, Laura Class, whom he married in 1988; they were married for almost four years, before finalizing their divorce in 1992, citing irreconcilable differences; they didn’t have children together.

In the following year, the actor married the New York City-based writer and journalist, Susan Brown, and six years later the couple welcomed their first child, Chloe, while their son, Mason, was born a year later. Richard and Susan divorced in 2005, and sharing custody of their children.

Richard hasn’t remarried, and currently appears to be single. Since his divorce, he had apparently been in a relationship with the actress Khrystine Haje, which lasted only a few months.

Where is he now?

In 2018, Richard stepped away from acting after almost 45 years in the business. Since then, he hasn’t been making any public appearances, or social media posts, which later sparked rumors about possible health issues or even his death. However, the actor is still alive and well, and in fact, is returning to acting with a role in the upcoming horror movie “Whispers and Shadows”.

Age, height and net worth

Richard is 79 years old. He has short white hair and green eyes, is 6ft 8ins (2.03m) tall, and weighs around 230lbs (105kgs).

As of January 2022, his net worth is estimated at more than $7 million.

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