Richard B. Shull

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Richard B. Shull
Shull (left) with John Schuck
Born Richard Bruce Shull
(1929-02-24)February 24, 1929
Evanston, Illinois, U.S.
Died October 14, 1999(1999-10-14) (aged 70)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active 1965–2000
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.

Early life[edit]

Shull was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Zana Marie (née Brown), a court stenographer, and Ulysses Homer Shull, a manufacturing executive.[1] 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.

Acting career[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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."[2]

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.


Shull died of a heart attack while appearing in the play Epic Proportions in New York City.[3]



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