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Richard Bruce Shull (February 24, 1929 – October 14, 1999) was an American character actor.

Richard B. Shull
Richard Bruce Shull

(1929-02-24)February 24, 1929
DiedOctober 14, 1999(1999-10-14) (aged 70)
Years active1965–1999
Spouse(s)Margaret Ann Haddy 14 July 1951-1956) (divorced)
Peggy Joan Barringer (9 June 1957-1967) (divorced)
Marilyn Sandra Swartz (Seven) (6 July 1969- 1985) divorced, remarried Marilyn Sandra Swartz (July 7, 1989 -May 15, 1997) (her death)
Deborah Thomas (12 December 1998 - 14 October 1999) his death



Early lifeEdit

Shull was born in Evanston, Illinois, the son of Zana Marie (née Brown), a court stenographer, and Ulysses Homer Shull, a manufacturing executive.[1] He attended York High School (Elmhurst, Illinois) and the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army before starting his Broadway career as a stage manager.

Acting careerEdit

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 (in which he sang a duet "Merci, Bon Dieu"; and 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 thirty movies, The Anderson Tapes (1971), Klute (1971), Slither (1973), The Fortune (1975), Splash (1984), Garbo Talks (1984), Unfaithfully Yours (1984), Housesitter (1992) and Private Parts (1997).

His television appearances included Love, American Style in episode "Love and the Locksmith", Ironside "Once More for Joey" aired 1974, Good Times "The Visitor", The Rockford Files "The Great Blue Lake", Alice "Flo's Chili Reception", Diana co star, Lou Grant episode "Samaratan", Hart to Hart, and Holmes & Yo-Yo starred as a police detective, as well as numerous television movies. He also appeared as the judge in a music video, "Keeping the Faith" (1984), by Billy Joel. In 1963 Richard became a member of the historical theater club, The Lambs, served on its council and remained a member until his death.

Writing careerEdit

As a writer, Shull wrote the 1960 play Fenton's Folly, which was adapted as Fentons völlig verrückte Erfindung (1967), an independent German movie filmed in Austria. Shull also wrote the story for the 1966 thriller movie Aroused, and co-authored, with William L. Rose, the dramatic film Pamela, Pamela You are... (1968).


Shull died of a heart attack while appearing in the play Epic Proportions in New York City.[2] He was buried at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.[3]

Hobbies and interestsEdit

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."[4]

In 1995, Shull co-founded the North American Araucanian Royalist Society (NAARS)[5] 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. The NAARS devoted a large portion of issue number 10 of their official journal, The Steel Crown, to the life of Shull.[6]

Shull was an invested member of The Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. He received his investiture "An Actor, and a Rare One," in 1986.[7]

Shull was a member of the Players Club, the New York and the Sons of the Revolution in the State of NY.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Watch the Birdie Cullen Lauterbach
1968 Cargo of Love Dr. Everett Uncredited
1969 Decameron '69 Roxanne's lover Uncredited
1971 B.S. I Love You Mr. Harris As an executive
1971 The Anderson Tapes Werner Long scene with Dyan Cannon and Sean Connery
1971 Klute Sugarman Short scene as a policeman
1971 Made for Each Other Unnamed character Credit: "and Richard B. Shull"
1971 Such Good Friends Clarence Fitch Long scene
1972 Hail to the Chief Secretary of Health Leading role
1973 Slither Harry Moss Co-starring as an embezzler
1973 Sssssss Dr. Ken Daniels
1974 Cockfighter Omar Baradansky Leading role as a business partner
1975 The Fortune Chief Detective Sergeant Jack Power
1975 Hearts of the West Stout Crook Co-starring with Jeff Bridges
1975 The Black Bird Vernon Prizer
1976 The Big Bus Emery Bush As a dying tourist
1977 The Pack Hardiman Co-starring role
1979 Dreamer George Taylor The boss
1980 Wholly Moses! Jethro Moses' father-in-law
1981 Heartbeeps Factory Boss
1983 Lovesick Dr. Fessner Minor role
1983 Spring Break Eddie Comic supporting role
1984 Unfaithfully Yours Jess Keller
1984 Splash Dr. Ross
1984 Garbo Talks Shepard Platkin As the boss
1984 Keeping The Faith Video Billy Joel - MTV Billy Joel As the Judge
1986 Seize the Day Rojox Robin Williams' boss
1990 Tune in Tomorrow Leonard Pando
1992 HouseSitter Ralph / Bernie Duncle Comic supporting role as Goldie Hawn's father
1994 Trapped in Paradise Father Ritter Short scene
1995 Cafe Society Samuel Segal Key role
1997 Private Parts Symphony Sid Short scene as the boss
2000 Two Family House Mr. Barrancaccio As a banker in three scenes, (posthumously released), (final film role)


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  2. ^ "Richard B. Shull, 70, Stage and Screen Actor". The New York Times. October 15, 1999. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
  3. ^ "Richard Shull (1929-1999)".
  4. ^ "Random Roles: John Schuck". The A.V. Club. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
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