Jim J. Bullock
|Jim J. Bullock|
James Jackson Bullock|
February 9, 1955
Casper, Wyoming, United States
|Other names||Jm J. Bullock|
Bullock was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in Odessa, Texas (although he is listed as an alumnus of Natrona County High School (Casper, Wyoming), and was raised in a Southern Baptist home. As a youth, Bullock planned to study to become an evangelical Christian minister. He received a music scholarship to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but left school without graduating.
Bullock became a notable entertainment figure in the 1980s when he co-starred on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort as Monroe Ficus (credited as "Jm J. Bullock") and was a regular "square" on John Davidson's updated version of Hollywood Squares (1986–1989), also substituting for Davidson as host on occasion. He also appeared as a semi-regular on Battlestars. He later became a semi-regular on ALF (from 1989 to 1990) as Neal Tanner. He guest-hosted a special episode of Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989 where host Marc Summers and announcer Harvey played against each other. The game ended with both Summers and Harvey playing the Obstacle Course and successfully winning all eight prizes for their respective civilian teammates. Stage assistants Robin Marrella and Dave Shikiar guest-announced that episode.
After ALF went off the air, Bullock remained active with theatre, television, and film work. He briefly hosted a syndicated talk show with ex-televangelist Tammy Faye Messner. The Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show debuted in 1996, but Messner exited the program a few months later following a cancer diagnosis. Bullock continued with new co-host, Ann Abernathy, and the show became The Jim J. and Ann Show until it was canceled.
Bullock was the voice of Queer Duck in the animated series of cartoons of the same name which have appeared on both the internet and the cable TV network Showtime. In 2000, Bullock was a regular panelist on the revival of I've Got a Secret. He also performed on the national tour of the Broadway production Hairspray as Wilbur Turnblad, a role he took to the Broadway stage starting September 18, 2007. Some of his other noteworthy roles include the pilled-up narcoleptic Prince Valium in the 1987 Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs, and the "Not-Quite-Out-of-the-Closet" character in the date montage at the beginning of 2001's Kissing Jessica Stein. From 2004 to 2007, he had a recurring role as Mr. Monroe, a teacher at the fictional James K. Polk Middle School on the Nickelodeon live action sitcom Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
In 1985, while Too Close For Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show, Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. In a 1985 appearance on the game show Body Language, host Tom Kennedy described him as looking "like you're in the pink of health and all of that", to which a flustered Bullock responded "I'm, I'm...no, I'm about to die, actually. But let's not talk about that now, OK? Fabulous." Kennedy then remarked that "If you've got about four days left in you, we'll make it till Thursday", and Bullock replied "I've got four days, yeah."
In 1996, Bullock's partner of six years, John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs.
|TV series||1980–1987||Too Close for Comfort||Monroe Ficus||118 episodes|
|Film||1981||Full Moon High||Eddie||credited as Jm. Bullock|
Alternative title: Moon High
|Film||1987||Spaceballs||Prince Valium||credited as JM J. Bullock|
|Film||1988||DeGarmo & Key: Rock Solid...The Rock-u-mentary!||News Reporter|
|TV series||1989||Super Sloppy Double Dare||Himself/Guest Host|
|TV series||1989–1990||ALF||Neal Tanner||"He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother"
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
"Break Up to Make Up" "Happy Together"
"Love on the Rocks"
|5 episodes total|
|TV series||1992||Seinfeld||Attendant #1||"The Airport"|
|TV series||1994–1995||Boogies Diner||Gerald||unknown episodes|
|Animated TV series||1994||Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man||"Cellar Beware"||voice actor|
|TV series||1996||Roseanne||Al||"Satan, Darling"|
|Animated TV series||1999||Queer Duck||Adam Seymour "Queer Duck" Duckstein||voice actor; 20 episodes|
|TV series||2000||E! True Hollywood Story||Himself||"Jim J. Bullock"||documentary|
|Documentary||2000||The Eyes of Tammy Faye||Himself|
|Film||2000||Get Your Stuff||Tom|
|Film||2001||Kissing Jessica Stein||Not-Yet-Out Gay Guy (Craig)|
|TV series||2001||Intimate Portrait||Himself||"Tammy Faye"||documentary|
|TV series||2001||Popular||Judge||"The Brain Game"|
|Short film||2002||Gaydar||Maurice's Ex||20 minutes |
included in the Direct-to-video compilation film Men's Mix 1: Gay Shorts Collection
|TV series||2004||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Mr. Monroe||"First Day & Lockers"
"Bathrooms & Project Partners"
"Teachers & Detention"
"Seating & Tryouts"
"Crushes and Dances"
"Sick Days & Spelling Bee"
"Rumors & Photo Day"
"School Elections & Talent Show"
|18 episodes total|
|TV series||2005||The Bold and the Beautiful||Serge, Wedding Planner||2 episodes; 12 episodes total|
|TV series||2005||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Mr. Monroe||"Notes & Best Friends"
"Cheaters & Bullies"
"Emergency Drills & Late Bus"
"New Semester & Electives"
"Video Projects and School Clubs"
"Vice Principals & Mondays"
|18 episodes total|
|TV series||2006||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Mr. Monroe||"Dares and Bad Habits"||18 episodes total|
|Animated film||2006||Queer Duck: The Movie||Adam Seymour "Queer Duck" Duckstein||voice actor; Direct-to-video release|
|TV series||2007||Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide||Mr. Monroe||"Spring Fever & the School Newspaper"
" Health and Jealousy"
"Tests and When You Like Someone Who Is Seeing Someone Else"
|18 episodes total|
|Film||2008||One, Two, Many||Derek|
|Animated TV series||2008||Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World||Jacques-Jean/Emerald Joe||"Wickeder"||voice actor|
|TV series||2009||The Bold and the Beautiful||Serge||10 episodes; 12 episodes total|
|Short film||2009||Cost of Living||Bill||15 minutes|
|Film||2009||The Fish||Jim-Jay "The Star"|
|Documentary||2010||Frances: A Mother Divine||Himself|
|Film||2014||Ron and Laura Take Back America||Bob Zackie|
|TV series||2015||Glee||Cert||Loser Like Me||1 episode|
|TV series||2015||Good Job, Thanks!||John McWayne||Hacked!||1 episode|
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- Zachary, Bohdan (July 20, 1999). "The Comeback Kidder". The Advocate.
- Eakin, Marah; Teti, John; Adams, Erik (June 16, 2014). "Bonus round stars: 9 celebrities who found their greatest fame on game shows". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
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