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at the 39th Annual Emmy Awards on September 20, 1987
|Born||Charles Richard Moll
January 13, 1943
Pasadena, California, US
|Other names||Charles Moll|
|Height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Spouse(s)||Laura Class (m. 1989–92)(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. Moll has also done extensive work as a voice actor, typically using his deep voice to portray villainous characters in cartoons and video games.
Moll was born in Pasadena, California, US, the son of Violet Anita (née Grill), a nurse, and Harry Findley Moll, a lawyer. 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). He attended the University of California, Berkeley and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity.
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 1981, Moll co-starred with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger in the movie Hard Country. In 1982, under layers of makeup, he played the sorcerer Xusia in The Sword and the Sorcerer. He played the abominable snowman in the 1981 film Caveman.
Later that year, he shaved his head for the role of Hurok in the science fiction B movie Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn. The producers of the TV sitcom Night Court liked the look so much in his audition that they asked him to keep it. Superficially hulking and intimidating, Moll's Night Court character Bull is actually rather gentle and naive. Moll also used the Bull persona in commercials for Washington's Lottery.
Moll played the role of Big Ben in the 1986 horror film House. He earned a Saturn Award nomination for the role. Moll made a guest appearance in the pilot episode of Highlander: The Series as Slan Quince, the villain who reunites Connor MacLeod with his kinsman and 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.
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, back in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987.
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 "gay camp", where homophobic parents send their teenage offspring to be "rehabilitated".
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 (as well as the voice of the Batcomputer) and the Scorpion in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Moll also reprised his role as Two-Face for the episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold known as Chill of the Night!. His first role in an animated film was as a beat poet in Ralph Bakshi's American Pop. He starred as Norman in the animated series Mighty Max. He played the drifter on the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. He also voiced Vorn the Unspeakable, a Cthulhu-like character in Freakazoid.
Moll appeared in The Flintstones and Casper Meets Wendy, both TV spin-offs. 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.
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Moll was married to Laura Class from 1989 to 1992 when they divorced.
He married Susan Brown in 1993. They had two children together. They divorced in 2005.
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