Richard Moll was an American actor, primarily known for his role as “Bull” Shannon on the popular television series “Night Court.” He had a successful career in both acting and voice acting.
Richard Moll was born on January 13, 1943, in Pasadena, California, USA. He grew up in a family with a history in show business, as his mother worked as a nurse and his father was a lawyer who had acted in community theater. He was 6 feet tall at 12 years old on his way to the whopping final height of 6 feet 8 inches.
Moll attended the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, where he studied law. He later transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), to pursue a career in acting. In the 1977 film Brigham, Moll (credited as Charles Moll) appeared as Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Moll would go on to often portray hulking or imposing characters due to his height and deep voice. Moll had a shaved head — he did that to play the warrior Hurok in the sci-fi film
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn (1983) — when he auditioned for the role of a bailiff on Night Court, created by Reinhold Weege. He got the part of tenderhearted bailiff Aristotle Nostradamus “Bull” Shannon. He appeared on all but one of the show’s 193 episodes from 1984-92 alongside the likes of Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Charlie Robinson and Markie Post.
He played the Abominable Snowman in the 1981 Caveman starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Barbara Bach. Moll played Xusia on the 1982 Sword and the Sorcerer. He was in the 1984 The Dungeonmaster, the 1986 comedy horror film House,
the 1989 Bette Davis film Wicked Stepmother, the 1991 Driving Me Crazy starring Ed O’Neill, the 1994 The Flintstones, the 1995 Galaxis, the 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad Christmas movie Jingle All The Way, the 2001 films Evolution starring Davis Duchovny, and Scary Move 2.
Moll was also a prolific voice actor, lending his distinctive deep voice to various animated and video game characters. He voiced Two-Face (Harvey Dent) in “Batman: The Animated Series” and various other Batman animated series, Scorpion in the animated series “Spider-Man” (1995-1998),
Norman the Doorman in the animated series “Mighty Max” (1993-1994), and had ddditional roles in animated shows like “The Little Mermaid,” “Superman: The Animated Series,” and “Justice League.” Some of his Video game roles, included voicing Two-Face in “Batman: Arkham Asylum”, Scorpion in various “Mortal Kombat” games, and Devil Hulk in “The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction” .
In addition to “Night Court,” Moll has made guest appearances on various TV shows over the years, including Welcome Back Kotter (1978), The Rockford Files (1978), How the West Was Won (1079), Happy Days (1979), B.J. and the Bear (1979), The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1980), Best of the West (1981), Laverne & Shirley (1981), Mork & Mindy (1981), The Fall Guy (1981),
T.J. Hooker, (1982), Remington Steele (1983), Fantasy Island (1983), Alice (1983), The Dukes of Hazzard (1983), The A-Team (1984), Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour (1984 – 10 eps), Body Language (1984-85 – 13 eps), Super password (1984-87 35 eps), The $25,000 Pyramid (1985 5 eps), The $10,000 Pyramid (1985 5 eps), The Facts of Life (1987), Sledge Hammer! (1987), My Two Dads (1989), Highlander (1992), Martin (1992), Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1994-97 4 eps), Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995),
Babylon 5 (1995), Baywatch (1995), Married…with Children (1996), 7th Heaven (1996), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997), Smallville (2002), Cold Case (2010), and Anger Management (2013).
Richard Moll died peacefully Thursday October 26, 2023, at his home in Big Bear Lake, California at he age of 80. An avid bird watcher and nature lover, Moll was married and divorced twice; his second wife, Susan, was a daughter of Milton Berle’s third and last wife, Lorna Adams. Survivors also include his children, Chloe and Mason, and his stepchildren, Cassandra and Morgan.
- IMDb. (n.d.). Richard Moll. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0597020/
- Wikipedia. (2022). Richard Moll. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Moll
- “Richard Moll, who played towering bailiff on ‘Night Court,’ dies at 80” (Oct. 28, 2023) https://www.nbcnews.com/news/obituaries/richard-moll-played-towering-bailiff-night-court-dies-80-rcna122606
- “Richard Moll, Bull the Bailiff on ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 80” (OCTOBER 27, 2023) https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-news/richard-moll-dead-night-court-bull-1235630482/
- “Richard Moll, who played Bull the bailiff on the sitcom ‘Night Court,’ dies at 80” (October 27, 2023) https://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news/richard-moll-who-played-bull-the-bailiff-on-the-sitcom-night-court-dies-at-80/3254567/
- “Richard Moll, who found fame as a bailiff on the original sitcom ‘Night Court,’ dies at 80” (October 27, 2023) https://apnews.com/article/richard-moll-dies-night-court-e5f386ab083235a50db814bdaf2ba194
- “Richard Moll” https://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/richard_moll
- “‘Night Court’ actor Richard Moll dead at 80” (October 28, 2023) https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/night-court-actor-richard-moll-dead-80