Richard Moll, character actor and sitcom star died recently at age 80. The fan-favorite touched generations in a multitude of roles. From his break out as Bull in the 80s sitcom Night Court to appearances in iconic horror films, let’s take a look at some of the gentle giant’s most memorable roles.
Of course, Moll first came to the attention of TV fans as the loveable bailiff Bull on Night Court from 1984 to 1992. His character formed a close bond with fellow bailiff Roz Russell, portrayed by Marsha Warfield. Standing 6’8, Moll’s innocent giant was a great contrast to Warfield’s world-weary cynic. Bull’s endearing catchphrase, “Ohh-kay,” became a calling card of the show.
However, Moll might be even more famous to another generation of fans for his voice-over work. Most memorably, Richard Moll lent his voice to the Dark Knight villain Two-Face on the 90s Batman: The Animated Series. His gravelly, mean-spirited tone as the iconic Batman villain is in stark contrast with the affable Bull. He made fourteen appearances on the show and returned for two episodes of the reboot, The New Batman Adventures.
Richard Moll had a similar voice acting turn in the 90’s cartoon Spider-man: The Animated Series. He played the brutish villain Scorpian in six episodes of the series. During this era, Moll also took a heroic turn as a series regular voicing Norman on the series Mighty Max.
Richard Moll is also a Horror Icon
To an entire other segment of pop culture lovers, Richard Mull is a horror icon. Perhaps most famously, he played the main antagonist Big Ben in 1985’s horror-comedy, House. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for his performance.
In the 1981 cult horror flick Evil Speak, Moll made a memorable cameo as Father Lorenzo Estaban. Richard Moll also portrayed Hugh Kane, the ghost that haunted a mansion in the film Scary Movie 2 back in 2001.
Moll also played against type, stretching his acting skills. In the 1999 satirical film But I’m a Cheerleader, Moll portrayed a gay man who, along with his partner Wesley Mann, aids gay teenagers in escaping from a nearby camp where parents send them for conversion therapy.
Meanwhile, on television, Moll made multiple key appearances on genre shows. Moll had a notable role in the inaugural episode of Highlander: The Series as Slan Quince, the antagonist who brings together Connor MacLeod and Duncan MacLeod, the protagonist of the show. In the second episode of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Moll made a guest appearance as the cyclops in “Eye of the Beholder”. In the episode “Hunter, Prey” of Babylon 5, Moll made a guest appearance as a lurker criminal, holding a VIP hostage.
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