Richard Bull

Known by a generation of fans for the nine years he played Nels Oleson, the mild-mannered general store owner on the 1974 family drama "Little House On the Prairie", Richard Bull also accrued over 100 film and ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1924 in Zion, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (37)

Boss 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sugar 2009 (Movie)

Earl Higgins (Actor)

Witless Protection 2008 (Movie)

Sheriff Smoot (Actor)

Let's Go To Prison 2006 (Movie)

Board Member #2 (Actor)

Normal 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret (Roenisch) 2000 (Movie)

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ER 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little House: Bless All the Dear Children 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: Look Back to Yesterday 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: The Last Farewell 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Little House: A New Beginning 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Golden Gate Murders 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different Story 1978 (Movie)

Mr Cooke (Actor)

Heatwave! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Newman's Law 1974 (Movie)

Immigration Man (Actor)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

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The President's Plane Is Missing 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Breezy 1973 (Movie)

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Executive Action 1973 (Movie)

Gunman--Team A (Actor)

High Plains Drifter 1973 (Movie)

Asa Goodwin (Actor)

Mr. Sycamore 1973 (Movie)

Dr Fernfield (Actor)

Nichols 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Ulzana's Raid 1972 (Movie)

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Lawman 1971 (Movie)

Dusaine (Actor)

Move 1969 (Movie)

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The Secret Life of an American Wife 1968 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 1964 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Hour of the Gun 1967 (Movie)

Thomas Fitch (Actor)

The Satan Bug 1965 (Movie)

Cavanaugh (Actor)

Fear Strikes Out 1957 (Movie)

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A Death in California (TV Show)

Actor

A Sensitive, Passionate Man (TV Show)

Actor

Little House on the Prairie (TV Show)

Actor

Where Pigeons Go to Die (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Known by a generation of fans for the nine years he played Nels Oleson, the mild-mannered general store owner on the 1974 family drama "Little House On the Prairie", Richard Bull also accrued over 100 film and television appearances dating back to his debut in the 1956 comedy "Full of Life". The Illinois native began his stage career at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. Small supporting parts became an integral part of his professional resume, with his most notable appearances coming in the 1957 biopic "Fear Strikes Out", the 1965 sci-fi thriller "The Satan Bug", and the 1968 Steve McQueen caper "The Thomas Crown Affair". On television, Bull locked down the role of Doc on the 1964 sci-fi series "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", a part he would play from 1964 through 1967. While his biggest film part up to that point was in the 1968 romantic comedy "The Secret Life of an American Wife", Bull found himself getting cast in westerns alongside James Garner ("Hour of the Gun"), Gregory Peck ("The Stalking Moon"), and Clint Eastwood ("High Plains Drifter"). Once "Little House On the Prairie" ended its run in 1983, Bull focused on a slowly decreasing television workload that included appearances on "Hill Street Blues", "Designing Women", and "ER". Bull also made a 2008 return to film in the baseball drama "Sugar" and the Larry the Cable Guy comedy "Witless Protection".

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