Richard B. Shull
|Richard B. Shull|
Shull (left) with John Schuck
|Born||Richard Bruce Shull
February 24, 1929
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
|Died||October 14, 1999
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Margaret Ann Haddy (1951-1956) (divorced)
Peggy Joan Barringer (1957-1967) (divorced)
Marilyn Sandra Swartz (1969-1984) (divorced)
Deborah Thomas (1998-1999) (his death)
Richard Bruce Shull (February 24, 1929 – October 14, 1999) was an American character actor.
Shull was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Zana Marie (née Brown), a court stenographer, and Ulysses Homer Shull, a manufacturing executive. Shull attended York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois; the University of Iowa; and served in the U.S. Army before starting his Broadway career as a stage manager.
He got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Minnie's Boys in 1970. Additional theatre credits include Goodtime Charley, for which he received Tony , leading role, singing a duet "Merci, Bon Dieu" and Drama Desk Award nominations, Fools, The Front Page, A Flea in Her Ear, and Victor/Victoria.
Shull's screen credits include thirty movies, The Anderson Tapes (1971), Klute (1971), Slither (1973), The Fortune (1975), Splash (1984), Garbo Talks (1984), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), Housesitter (1992) and Private Parts (1997). Also a Co Writer - Film , Pamela, Pamela You are.. (1968), Co writer 1960 TV Play, Fenton's Folly.
His television appearances included Love, American Style in episode "Love and the Locksmith", Ironside "Once More for Joey" aired 1974, Good Times "The Visitor", The Rockford Files "The Great Blue Lake", Alice "Flo's Chili Reception", Diana co star, Lou Grant episode "Samaratan", Hart to Hart, and Holmes & Yo-Yo starred as a police detective, as well as numerous television movies. He also appeared as the judge in an MTV music video, "Keeping the Faith" (1984), by Billy Joel.
In a 2012 interview, Shull's Holmes & Yo-Yo co-star John Schuck remembered him as "a very funny actor and a unique man," adding that Shull "lived in the ’40s. He bought ’40s clothing, he only used pen and ink, he had his own railroad car which he would attach to trains and travel around the country. He had a 1949 Chevrolet car. I mean, he truly lived in the past. Quite remarkable."
In 1995, Shull co-founded the North American Araucanian Royalist Society (NAARS) with Daniel Paul Morrison. The NAARS studies the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia which was founded in 1860 by the Mapuche people of South America. The NAARS devoted a large portion of issue no. 10 of their official journal, The Steel Crown, to the life of Shull.
- 1965 Watch the Birdie- Cullen Lauterbach
- 1971 B.S. I Love You_ Mr. Harris- executive
- 1971 The Anderson Tapes- Werner - long scene with Dyan Cannon and Sean Connery.
- 1971 Klute- Sugarman -policeman- short scene
- 1971 "Made for Each Other (1971 film)"
- 1971 "Such Good Friends" -Clarence Fitch- long scene
- 1973 Slither- Harry Moss- embezzler - co star
- 1973 Sssssss- Dr. Ken Daniels
- 1972 Hail to the Chief (1972 film)- Secretary of Health (leading role)
- 1974 Cockfighter- Omar Baradansky -leading role- business partner
- 1975 The Fortune- Chief Detective Sergeant Jack Power
- 1975 Hearts of the West- Stout Crook- costar with Jeff Bridges.
- 1975 The Black Bird- Vernon Prizer
- 1976 The Big Bus- Emery Bush- dying tourist
- 1977 The Pack- Handyman -co star.
- 1979 Dreamer- Taylor- boss
- 1980 Wholly Moses!- Jethro - Moses father in law.
- 1981 Heartbeeps- Factory Boss
- 1983 Lovesick- Dr. Fess - minor role
- 1983 Spring Break- Eddie- comic supporting role
- 1984 Unfaithfully Yours- Jess Keller
- 1984 Splash- Dr. Ross-
- 1984 Garbo Talks- Shepard Platkin -boss
- 1986 Seize the Day- Rojox- Robin Williams boss
- 1990 Tune in Tomorrow- Leonard Pando
- 1992 HouseSitter- Ralph - Goldie Hawn's father- funny role
- 1994 Trapped in Paradise- Father Ritter, short scene
- 1995 Cafe Society (1995 film) - Samuel Segal, important role
- 1997 Private Parts- Symphony Sid, boss, short scene
- 2000 Two Family House- Mr. Barrancaccio- banker, 3 scenes.
- "Random Roles: John Schuck". The A.V. Club. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- "Richard B. Shull, 70, Stage and Screen Actor". The New York Times. October 15, 1999. Retrieved November 9, 2011.