Richard Moll of "Night Court" dead at 80

October 29, 2023
Ryan Ledendecker

The entertainment world lost a giant, and fans around the globe are mourning the loss.

According to Fox News, "Night Court" actor Richard Moll, most famous for his role as "Bull" Shannon in the hit 1980s TV show, died at age 80, according to one of his representatives.

While a cause of death hasn't been revealed, the representative said that Moll passed away at his home in Big Bear Lake in California last week.

Starring alongside Harry Anderson and John Larroquette, Moll played his famous role on the show from 1984 until 1992.

"Immensely talented"

Given his status as one of the show's most beloved and memorable characters, tributes poured in.

The Studio Talent Group released a statement on Moll's passing, praising him for his character on and off the screen. Moll was a longtime client of the company.

"The Studio Talent Group mourns the passing of our longtime acting client, the indomitable Richard Moll. A gifted actor and humanitarian he was a caring, loving father with an unmistakably unique persona," the statement read.

It added, "Immensely talented, sometimes misunderstood… He was literally and figuratively a larger-than-life character. He was a wonderful member of the Studio Talent Group family."

Fox News noted:

His character formed a close friendship with the court’s other bailiff, Roz Russell, played by Marsha Warfield. Bull was known for his catchphrase, "Ohh-kay," and a dim but sweet worldview.

Outpouring of tributes

"Charles Richard Moll 1943-2023 Larger than life and taller too. We first worked together on Mork and Mindy and then we spent nearly a decade helping Judge Harry Stone and the Night Court world come to life. My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to his family and loved ones," fellow "Night Court" actor John B. Larroquette wrote.

Fans from around the world posted their condolences and memories of watching "Night Court," which wouldn't have been the success it was without Moll.

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