Richard B. Shull
Richard Bruce Shull, (1929-02-24)February 24, 1929, Evanston, Illinois
October 14, 1999(1999-10-14) (aged 70), New York City, New York,
Richard Bruce Shull (February 24, 1929 - October 14, 1999) was an American character actor.
Shull was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Zana Marie (née Brown), a court stenographer, and Ulysses Homer Shull, a manufacturing executive. Shull attended the University of Iowa and served in the U.S. Army before starting his Broadway career as a stage manager. He got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Minnie's Boys in 1970. Additional theatre credits include Goodtime Charley, for which he received Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations, Fools, The Front Page, A Flea in Her Ear, and Victor/Victoria.
Shull's screen credits include The Anderson Tapes, Klute, Slither, Splash, Garbo Talks, HouseSitter, Unfaithfully Yours (1984 film), and Private Parts. His television appearances included Love, American Style, Ironisde, Good Times, The Rockford Files, Alice, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart, and Holmes & Yo-Yo, as well as numerous television movies.
In a 2012 interview, Shull's Holmes & Yo-Yo co-star John Schuck remembered him as "a very funny actor and a unique man," adding that Shull "lived in the '40s. He bought '40s clothing, he only used pen and ink, he had his own railroad car which he would attach to trains and travel around the country. He had a 1949 Chevrolet car. I mean, he truly lived in the past. Quite remarkable."
In 1995, Shull co-founded the North American Araucanian Royalist Society (NAARS) with Daniel Paul Morrison. The NAARS studies the Kingdom of Araucania and Patagonia which was founded in 1860 by the Mapuche people of South America.
Shull died of a heart attack while appearing in the play Epic Proportions in New York City.