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Richard Bull

Highest Rated: 100% Normal (2003)

Lowest Rated: 33% 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."

Highest rated movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
92% 80% 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
33% 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 No Score Yet Mr. Sycamore Dr. Ferfield (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heatwave! Health Department Official (Character) - 1974
57% 66% 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% 63% The Stalking Moon Doctor (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 33% The Secret Life of an American Wife Howard (Character) - 1968
86% 50% Hour of the Gun Thomas Fitch (Character) - 1967
50% 44% The Satan Bug Eric Cavanaugh (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 10% Tales of Frankenstein Unknown (Character) - 1958

TV

Credit
81% 93% Boss Elderly Farmer (Guest Star) 2011-2012
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) 1988 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Mr. Furillo (Guest Star) 1985-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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) 1974 1968-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Nort (Guest Star) 1972 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Partridge Family Thompson (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 83% Columbo 2nd Detective (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Jeremy Hatcher (Character) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
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) 1969 1966-1967
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 No Score Yet Bewitched John Alden (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet 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) 1965 1962-1963
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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Highway Patrol Joe Curran (Guest Star) 1957-1959

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