Richard Moll

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Richard Moll
Richard Moll on the red carpet at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards.jpg
Moll at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987
Born Charles Richard Moll
(1943-01-13) January 13, 1943 (age 75)
Pasadena, California, US
Other names Charles Moll
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1964) [1]
Occupation Actor
Years active 1967–present
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)[2]
Spouse(s) Laura Class (m. 1989–1992)(divorced)
Susan Brown (m. 1993–2005)(divorced)

Charles Richard Moll (born January 13, 1943) is an American actor and voice artist, best known for playing Bull Shannon, the bailiff on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992.[2] Moll has also done extensive work as a voice actor, typically using his deep voice to portray villainous characters in animation and video games.

Early life

Moll was born in Pasadena, California, U.S., the son of Violet Anita (née Grill), a nurse, and Harry Findley Moll, a lawyer.[3] He was remarkably tall early in his life, reaching 6 ft (1.8 m) by age 12; he kept growing until about 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m).[2] He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.[1]

Career

In the 1977 film Brigham, Moll (credited as Charles Moll) appeared as Joseph Smith Jr., 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. In 1979 Moll played the part of Eugene, a gangster on the TV series Happy Days in the episode titled "Fonzie's Funeral". In 1981, Moll co-starred with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger in the movie Hard Country, and also played the abominable snowman in the film Caveman. In 1982, he played the sorcerer Xusia in The Sword and the Sorcerer.[2]

In 1983, he shaved his head for the role of Hurok in the science fiction B movie Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn.[2] The producers of the TV sitcom Night Court liked the look so much in his audition that they asked him to keep it.[citation needed] Moll also used the Bull persona in commercials for Washington's Lottery.[citation needed]

Moll played the role of Big Ben in the 1986 horror film House. He earned a Saturn Award nomination for the role. Moll made an appearance in the first episode of Highlander: The Series as Slan Quince, the villain who reunites Connor MacLeod with his kinsman and the show's protagonist, Duncan MacLeod. Moll made a guest appearance on Babylon 5 in the episode "Hunter, Prey" as a lurker criminal who was holding a VIP hostage, and as a gangster on Married... with Children. Moll made another guest appearance in the TV series Hercules, playing the cyclops in episode two, "Eye of the Beholder".

In Super Password, he appeared with Judy Norton Taylor, Nancy Lane, Markie Post, Gloria Loring, Florence Halop, Debra Maffett, and Kim Morgan Greene, with Bert Convy as the game show's host from 1984 to 1987.[citation needed]

Moll plays himself in The Facts of Life (Season 9, episodes 1 and 2: "Down and Out in Malibu").

Moll appeared in The Flintstones and Casper Meets Wendy, both TV spin-offs.

In 1999's But I'm a Cheerleader, Moll went against type and played a gay man who, with his partner (Wesley Mann), helps gay teenagers escape from a nearby camp where parents send their teenage offspring for conversion therapy.

In 2001 he played Hugh Kane, the ghost haunting a mansion in Scary Movie 2.

He played the drifter on the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd.

In 2007, he played (along with M. Steven Felty) Kolchak Jefferson Stillwall in Anthony C. Ferrante horror movie Headless Horseman.

In 2014, Moll appeared as a security guard on an episode of Anger Management with Charlie Sheen.

Voiceover work

He can be heard in many animated film and cartoon productions, often as a villain with a deep, growling voice. Moll has voiced Two-Face in Batman: The Animated Series,[2] the Scorpion in later episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series (he also voiced Rhino in one episode[citation needed]) and the Abomination in most episodes of The Incredible Hulk. Moll also reprised his role as Two-Face for the episode "Chill of the Night!" of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. His first role in an animated film was as a beat poet in Ralph Bakshi's American Pop.[2] He starred as Norman in the animated series Mighty Max. He also voiced Vorn the Unspeakable, a Cthulhu-like character in Freakazoid!

Moll also voiced the Devil Hulk in the 2005 video game Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and King Minos in the 2010 game Dante's Inferno.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Brigham Joseph Smith film debut

credited as Charles Moll

1980 Catalysm James Hanson credited as Charles Moll
1981 American Pop Beat Poet
1981 Hard Country Top Gun
1981 Caveman Abominable Snowman
1981 Evilspeak Father Esteban
1982 Liar's Moon Detective Roy Logan
1982 The Sword and the Sorcerer Xusia
1983 Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn Hurok
1983 Under Arrest Patrino
1984 The Dungeonmaster Mestema
1985 Night Train to Terror Otto/James Hansen
1985 House Big Ben Nominated - Saturn award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 Survivor Kragg
1988 Pulse Pounderes Mestema
1989 Wicked Stepmother Nathan Pringle
1989 Think Big Thornton
1989 Murphy's Laws of Golf Golf Police Short Film
1991 Driving Me Crazy Buzz
1992 Sidekicks Horn
1992 Marilyn Alive and Behind Bars Otto
1992 Let's Kill All the Lawyers The Centurian
1993 Loaded Weapon 1 Prison Attendant
1994 The Flintstones Hoagie
1994 No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn Boot Camp Sergeant
1994 Beanstalk Richard Leech
1995 Galaxis Kyla
1996 Storybook Woody
1996 The Secret Agent Club Wrecks
1996 The Glass Cage Ian Dexter
1996 Jingle All the Way Dementor
1996 The Lawyer Centurion
1996 The Elevator Man Nun
1997 Living in Peril Fritz
1997 Snide and Prejudice General Von Ludendorf
1997 Little Cobras: Operation Dalmatian Leader
1997 Farticus Hades
1998 The Survivor Kyla
1998 Casper Meets Wendy Jules Directo-to-Video
1998 Route 66 unknown
1998 Monkey Business Leader
1999 Foreign Correspondents Man in Bookstore
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Larry
2000 Shadow Hours Homeless Man
2000 Boltneck Mr. O'Reilly
2000 That Summer in LA Hotel Manager
2000 Flamingo Dreams Deke
2001 Spiders II: Breeding Ground Dr. Grbac
2001 Evolution Fire Training Inspector
2001 Scary Movie 2 Hell House Ghost
2002 Angel Blade Carl Shank
2002 No Place Like Home Deputy 'Dead Ned' Nussbaun
2002 The Biggest Fan Harold Worden
2003 Dumb Luck Special Agent Osborne
2003 The Work and the Story Oliver Wendelle
2003 Cast and Mice Cortez
2004 Uh Oh! Diablo
2005 Diamond Zero Detective Jackson
2005 Angels and Angels Robert the Bartender
2006 Nightmare Man Captain McCormack
2007 Headless Horseman Kolchak Jefferson Stillwall
2008 Thomas Kingkade's Christmas Cottage Big Jim
2009 Love at First Hiccup Store Owner
2011 Assassins' Code Ernest Altman
2012 DisOrientation Mr. Mackenzie
2012 Hemingway The Lawyer
2012 Sorority Party Massacre Kreeger
2013 Jurassic: Stone Age Judge Holt
2014 BFFs Ken
2015 Kids vs Monsters Butler
2017 Razor Jon Creadon
2017 Circus Kane Pale Man
2018 Slay Belles Officer Green

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Welcome Back, Kotter Big Thug television debut

Episode: "Beau's Jest"

1978 The Rockford Files Ludes Episode: "Three Day Affair with a Thirty Day Escrow"
1979 How the West Was Won Mose Episode: "The Enemy"
1979 Happy Days Eugene 2 episodes
1979 The Jericho Mile Joker Gibb Television Movie
1979 B.J. and the Bear Willie Episode: "Run for the Money"
1979 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Biker Leader Willie/Willi/Rufus 3 episodes
1979 Mark Twain: Beneath the Laughter Stranger Television Movie
1980 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Yarat Episode: "Space Rockers"
1980 The Bad News Bears Rust Episode: "Lights Out"
1981 The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire The Bovum Ferryman Television Movie
1981 Best of the West Prisoner Episode: "The Prisoner"
1981 Here's Boomer Harold, the Moster Episode: "Camityville's Boomer"
1981 Laverne & Shirley Louis Armstrong/Biker 2 episodes
1981 Bret Maverick Sloate 2 episodes
1981 Mork & Mindy Baba Gentle Episode: "Alienation"
1981 The Time Crystal Mayhu Television Movie
1981 The Fall Guy Ethan Episode: "The Human Torch"
1982 T.J. Hooker Mauler Mort Episode: "Hooker's War"
1983 Savage Journey Joseph Smith Television Movie

credited as Charles Moll

1983 Remington Steele Pimp Episode: "Steele in the News"
1983 Fantasy Island Omo Episode: "Love Island/The Sisters"
1983 Alice Hank Episode: "Sweet Erasable Mel"
1983 Just Our Luck unknown Episode: "Uncle Harry"
1983 The Dukes of Hazzard Milo Beaudry 2 episodes
1984 The A-Team Churlisco 2 episodes
1984 Match Game Himself recurring role; 10 episodes
1984-1985 Body Language Himself recurring role; 13 episodes
1984-1987 Super Password Himself recurring role; 35 episodes
1984-1992 Night Court Nostradomus "Bull" Shannon series regular; 193 episodes
1985 Santa Barbara Morgan Malone 2 episodes
1985 The $10,000 Pyramid Himself 5 episodes
1986 Alvin Goes Back to School Mr. Conroy Television Movie
1986 Combat High Col. Felix Long, Sr. Television Movie
1987 If It's Tuesday, It Still Must Be Belgium unknown Television Movie
1987 The Facts of Life Richard Moll 2 episodes
1987 Sledge Hammer! Dr. Arthur Deco Episode: "Hammeroid"
1989 My Two Dads Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon Episode: "Playing with Fire"
1989 Dream Date The Man in the Theater Television Movie
1989 Class Cruise Saunders Television Movie
1989 Monsters Arturus Episode: "The Demons"
1989-1990 Out of This World Skull Basher/Driver License Examiner 2 episodes
1990 227 Burnie Episode: "Where Do We Go from Here?"
1990 The Munsters Today Gengas Khan Episode: "It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To"
1992 Highlander Slan Quince Episode: "The Gathering"
1992 Martin Officer Warren Episode: "The Great Payne Robbery"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Coach Hillman Episode: "Words Up!"
1992-1994 Batman: The Animated Series Harvey Dent/Two-Face 14 episodes; recurring voice role
1993-1994 Mighty Max Norman series regular; 40 episodes
1993-1994 Getting By Boo 5 episodes
1994 Summertime Switch Jimmy Television Movie
1994 Due South Zaleb Carney Episode: "They Eat Horses, Don't They?"
1994-1995 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman John 3 episodes
1995 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys The Cyclops Episode: "Eye of the Beholder"
1995 Babylon 5 Max Episode: "Hunter, Prey"
1995 Baywatch Trapper Episode: "Home Is Where the Heat Is"
1995 The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat additional voices Episode: "Wet Paint/News Blues/Copy Cat"

voice role

1996 Adventures of Smoke Bellow unknown Television Miniseries

6 episodes

1996 Weird Science Frankestein's Moster Episode: "Searching for Boris Karloff"
1996 Married...with Children Gino 2 episodes
1996 7th Heaven Mike 'The Mutant' Mitchell Episode: "Halloween"
1996 Superman Emperor Spooj Episode: "The Main Man (Part 2)"

voice

1996 Frekazoid! Wolf Man/Vorn the Unspeakable Episode: "Statuesque"

voice role

1996 Aaahhh!!! Real Monsteres Big Bunny/Bunny/Gangster #1 2 episodes
1996-1997 The Incredible Hulk Abomination/Homeless Man 2 episodes
1997 The Legend of Calamity Jane additional voices 13 episodes; recurring voice role
1997 Happily Every After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Dinky Episode: "The Pied Piper"

voice role

1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Sergeant Slater Episode: "Sabrina Gets her License (Part 2)"
1997 Spider-Man Scorpion/Mac Gargan 6 episodes; voice role
1997-1998 The New Batman Adventures Two-Face/Harvey Dent 2 episodes

voice role

1998 Cow and Chicken TV Anchor/Chef voice role

Episode: "Sumo Cow/Comet!"

1998 The Ransom of Red Chief Filthy McNasty Television Movie
1999 The Parent 'Hood Sam Bates Episode: "Front Window"
2000-2002 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd Drifter series regular; 17 episodes
2001 Call Me Claus Brooding Claus Television Movie
2001 The Defectors Al Television Movie
2002 The Zeta Project Krick Episode: "Lost & Found"
2002 Justice League Java/Mr. Braddock voice role

2 episodes

2002 Smallville Mr. Moore Episode: "Nocturne"
2007 The Fantastic Two Duane Torn Television Miniseries
2010 Cold Case Chuck "French" Jaworski '10 Episode: "The Runaway Bunny"
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Lew Moxon/Two-Face Episode: "Chill of the Night!"

voice role

2010 Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster Elmer Uggins Television Movie

voice role

2012 Lake Effects Old Vic Television Movie
2013 Anger Management Carlos Episode: "Charlie and the Airport Sext"
2013 Ghost Shark Finch Television Movie
2015 Kirby Buckets Mr. Bostwock Episode: "The Rise and Fall of 4th Period"
2016 Pub Quiz Berwick Television Movie

References

  1. ^ a b Kappes, Serena, "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? : 'Night Court's' Richard Moll Standing tall", CNN/People, Wednesday, March 19, 2003
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Richard Moll". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Richard Moll Biography (1943-) at FilmReference.com

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