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 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 and Drama Desk Award nominations, Fools, The Front Page, A Flea in Her Ear, and Victor/Victoria.
Shull's screen credits include 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).
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
- 1971 The Anderson Tapes- Werner
- 1971 Klute- Sugarman
- 1973 Slither- Harry Moss
- 1973 Sssssss- Dr. Ken Daniels
- 1973 Hail- Secretary of Health
- 1974 Cockfighter- Omar Baradansky
- 1975 The Fortune- Chief Detective Sergeant Jack Power
- 1975 Hearts of the West- Stout Crook
- 1975 The Black Bird- Vernon Prizer
- 1976 The Big Bus- Emery Bush
- 1977 The Pack- Handiman
- 1979 Dreamer- Taylor
- 1980 Wholly Moses!- Jethro
- 1981 Heartbeeps- Factory Boss
- 1983 Lovesick- Dr. Fess
- 1983 Spring Break- Eddie
- 1984 Unfaithfully Yours- Jess Keller
- 1984 Splash- Dr. Ross
- 1984 Garbo Talks- Shepard Platkin
- 1986 Seize the Day- Rojox
- 1990 Tune in Tomorrow- Leonard Pando
- 1992 HouseSitter- Ralph
- 1994 Trapped in Paradise- Father Ritter
- 1995 Cafe Society- Samuel Segal
- 1997 Private Parts- Symphony Sid
- 2000 Two Family House- Mr. Barrancaccio
- "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.
- Internet Broadway Database listing
- North American Araucanian Royalist Society
- Richard B. Shull at the Internet Movie Database