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Richard Bull



In films from the mid-'60s, American actor Richard Bull was seen in The Satan Bug (1965), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Secret Life of an American Wife (1969), Newman's Law (1971), and several other major Hollywood productions. Many of these roles were bits or atmosphere characters: guards, policemen, and the like. Television afforded Bull larger character roles, especially in the sitcom field. Within a ten-year period (1964-1974), he guested on Gidget, Family Affair, Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Andy Griffith Show, My 3 Sons, Room 222, and Bewitched (as pilgrim John Alden in a "flashback" episode). He also had a recurring role as a ship's doctor on the mid-'60s fantasy weekly Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. From 1974 through 1982, Richard Bull played store proprietor Nels Oleson, the even-tempered, long-suffering husband of overbearing Harriet Oleson on Little House on the Prairie. Bull continued to appear in films and episodes of TV shows until his death in 2014 at age 89.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie: Merry Christmas Engalls
  • Actor
2014
4% Witless Protection
  • Sheriff Smoot
2008
No Score Yet Osso Bucco
  • Old Man Diner
2008
92% Sugar
  • Earl Higgins
2008
12% Let's Go to Prison
  • Board Member No. 2
2006
100% Normal
  • Roy's father
2003
No Score Yet The Secret
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet A Different Story
  • Mr. Cooke
1978
No Score Yet Mr. Sycamore
  • Dr. Ferfield
1975
92% The Parallax View
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Newman's Law
  • Immigration Man
1974
No Score Yet Breezy
  • Doctor
1973
50% Executive Action
  • Gunmen Team A
1973
96% High Plains Drifter
  • Asa Goodwin
1973
86% Ulzana's Raid
  • Ginsford
1972
80% Lawman
  • Dusaine
1971
67% The Andromeda Strain
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet The Stalking Moon
  • Doctor
1968
79% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Booth Guard
1968
No Score Yet The Secret Life of an American Wife
  • Howard
1968
100% Hour of the Gun
  • Thomas Fitch
1967
60% The Satan Bug
  • Cavanaugh
1965
82% Fear Strikes Out
  • Reporter Slade
1957

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Nice Old Man
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
  • Nels Oleson Mr. Oleson

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