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Richard Moll, Iconic ‘Night Court’ Bailiff, Passes Away at 80

Richard Moll, a well-known character actor, has passed away at the age of 80. He found lasting fame for his role as the eccentric but gentle giant bailiff on the original “Night Court” sitcom.

Moll died on Thursday at his home in Big Bear Lake, California.

From 1984 to 1992, Moll portrayed “Bull” Shannon on NBC’s “Night Court” alongside stars Harry Anderson and John Larroquette. His character developed a close friendship with Roz Russell, the court’s other bailiff, played by Marsha Warfield. Bull was known for his catchphrase, “Ohh-kay,” and his dim but sweet worldview.

After “Night Court” ended, Moll lent his distinctive gravelly voice to various video games and comic book projects. He also appeared in horror films such as “Ghost Shark” (2013) and “Slay Belles” (2018).

Moll voiced the character Scorpion on the 1990s’ “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” and had small roles in movies like 1994’s “The Flintstones,” the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy “Jingle All the Way,” and “Scary Movie 2.”

Despite the reboot of “Night Court” with Larroquette, Moll decided not to join the cast. The original series ended with Bull’s character being abducted by aliens who needed someone tall to reach items on high shelves.

Moll is survived by his children, Chloe and Mason Moll, his ex-wife Susan Moll, and stepchildren Cassandra Card and Morgan Ostling.

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