Farewell: Iconic Actor Richard Moll Passes Away at 80
In a somber moment for Hollywood, the legendary actor Richard Moll bid his final farewell, peacefully passing away at the age of 80 in the serene environs of his Big Bear Lake, Calif., residence on Thursday.
Standing at an imposing 6 feet 8 inches, Moll’s resonant voice and unparalleled talent left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. However, it was his unforgettable portrayal of the iconic bailiff Bull Shannon in the hit series “Night Court” from 1984 to 1992 that catapulted him into the hearts of millions. This role, co-starring alongside luminaries like Harry Anderson and John Larroquette, solidified his place in the pantheon of television history.
Moll’s versatility shone through as he ventured into the realm of horror, earning a Saturn award nomination for his role in the spine-chilling 1985 movie “House.” He lent his distinctive voice to characters like Harvey Dent/Two-Face in “The Adventures of Batman & Robin” and Scorpion in “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” His cinematic portfolio included appearances in iconic titles like “The Flintstones,” “Jingle All the Way,” “Casper Meets Wendy,” and “Scary Movie 2.”
Beyond his television and film exploits, Moll’s talent graced the small screen, making memorable appearances in the sitcom “Getting By,” starring alongside Cindy Williams, and voicing the formidable bodyguard in “Mighty Max.”
In a groundbreaking role, Moll challenged stereotypes with his appearance in the thought-provoking 1999 satire “But I’m a Cheerleader,” where he portrayed a gay man shepherding teenagers sent to a re-education camp by concerned parents. His diverse television resume further featured appearances in “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “7th Heaven,” and “Smallville.”
Moll’s later career included roles in “Nightmare Man” (2006) and the heartwarming film “Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage,” where he starred alongside luminaries like Peter O’Toole, Marcia Gay Harden, and Ed Asner. He continued to captivate audiences with appearances in “Cold Case” and “Anger Management.” The actor also showcased his talent in made-for-television films such as “No Place Like Home”.
His acting journey commenced at the Will Geer Theatre, where he performed in the works of Shakespeare, laying the foundation for his remarkable career.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Moll was an ardent bird watcher and nature enthusiast, and he chose to retire to the tranquil beauty of Big Bear Lake, where he found solace.
In this moment of reflection, Moll’s memory lives on through his children, Chloe and Mason Moll; his ex-wife Susan Moll; and stepchildren Cassandra Card and Morgan Ostling. Richard Moll’s legacy as a prolific actor and a remarkable human being will forever be etched in the annals of entertainment history.
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