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      Richard Bull

      Richard Bull

      Highest Rated: 100% Normal (2003)

      Lowest Rated: 38% A Different Story (1978)

      Birthday: Jun 26, 1924

      Birthplace: Zion, Illinois, USA

      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." Richard Bull died on February 3, 2014 in Calabasas, CA at the age of 89.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Normal
      92% Sugar
      90% Ulzana's Raid
      88% Hour of the Gun
      63% Breezy
      57% The Satan Bug
      40% The Stalking Moon
      38% A Different Story

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      92% 79% Sugar Earl Higgins (Character) $1.1M 2008
      100% 76% Normal Roy Sr. - Roy's Father (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Day in a Life Will (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: Bless All the Dear Children Nels Oleson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: The Last Farewell Nels Oleson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Nels Oleson (Character) - 1983
      38% 71% A Different Story Mr. Cooke (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Sensitive, Passionate Man Dr. Lazerow (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 33% Mr. Sycamore Dr. Ferfield (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heatwave! Health Department Official (Character) - 1974
      63% 65% Breezy Doctor (Character) - 1973
      90% 66% Ulzana's Raid Ginsford (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 50% The President's Plane Is Missing First controller (Character) - 1971
      40% 61% The Stalking Moon Doctor (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 33% The Secret Life of an American Wife Howard (Character) - 1968
      88% 51% Hour of the Gun Thomas Fitch (Character) - 1967
      57% 45% The Satan Bug Eric Cavanaugh (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 8% Tales of Frankenstein Unknown (Character) - 1958

      TV

      Credit
      81% 94% Boss Elderly Farmer (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of Paradise Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway to Heaven Judge Wagner (Guest Star) 1985 1988
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Mr. Furillo (Guest Star) 1985-1986
      No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finder of Lost Loves Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie Nels Oleson (Character) 1974-1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Harry, Coroner (Guest Star) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1973-1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Apple's Way Ryland (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Dr. Lambert Whitaker (Guest Star) 1968-1970 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Nort (Guest Star) 1962 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Thompson (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet 80% Columbo 2nd Detective (Guest Star) 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Brides Carver (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Affair Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Artie Faulkner (Guest Star) 1966-1967 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Doctor (Character) 1964-1968
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
      No Score Yet 41% Bewitched John Alden (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 100% The Andy Griffith Show Bill Lindsay (Guest Star) 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Dr. Franklin (Guest Star) 1966-1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gidget Maitre d' (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1962-1963 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive McIntire (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ben Casey Dr. Jack Taylor (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Men Into Space Radio Operator (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind Closed Doors Unknown (Character) 1959