Jim J Bullock
A popular TV personality in the 1980s and 1990s, actor Jim J. Bullock rose to stardom as the eternally confused Monroe Ficus on "Too Close for Comfort" (ABC/syndicated, 1980-86) before enjoying a sporadic career as characters whose gay sensibilities matched or exaggerated his own sexual orientation. His combative interplay with series star Ted Knight was often the highlight of the show, but Bullock struggled to turn the show's popularity into lasting fame. After publicly outing himself in 1990, he soon found himself out of work and HIV positive, which further hampered his career. By the late 1990s, Bullock had suffered through drug addiction and the loss of his longtime partner. He rebounded in the new millennium through award-winning turns on the Los Angeles stage and television series like "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" (Nickelodeon, 2004-07), and helped to underscore the notion that with talent and determination, performers could thrive and survive under the most difficult of situations.