Richard B. Shull Biography

Birthday: 1929-02-24
Place of Birth: Evanston, Illinois
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: Veteran character actor Richard B. Shull was born on February 24, 1929 in Evanston, Illinois and raised in the Midwest. He attended the University of Iowa, then served with the U.S. Army in 1953. Finding work as a stage manager following his release, he finally made his Broadway debut in the Marx Brothers musical bio "Minnie's Boys" starring Shelley Winters on Broadway in 1970. His hangdog demeanor, puffy features and bemused manner proved an excellent scene stealer in comedy roles and he moved easily into film and TV in mid-career. Following his film debut in the very obscure Watch the Birdie (1965), Richard came into his own starting in 1971 with regular roles in such movies as The Anderson Tapes (1971), Klute (1971), Made for Each Other (1971), Slither (1973), Hail (1973), Hearts of the West (1975), The Big Bus (1976), Splash (1984), Garbo Talks (1984), HouseSitter (1992), Trapped in Paradise (1994) and, his last, Private Parts (1997) with Howard Stern. On TV, he was probably best known for his title role on the silly, short-lived series "Holmes and Yo-Yo" (1976) as Det. Alexander Holmes, opposite John Schuck who played Yoyo, a robotic cop. The recipient of a Tony nomination for his Broadway work on "Goodtime Charlie" in 1975, Richard's later career included such theater notables as "The Marriage of Bette and Boo" (1985), for which he won an off-Broadway Obie award, and the ever-popular "Victor/Victoria" starring a resurgent Julie Andrews, in 1995. Married four times, Richard was appearing in the stage production of "Epic Proportions" in New York when he suffered a fatal heart attack on October 14, 1999 at age 70.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Holmes and Yoyo 1976 Comedy
Splash Dr. Ross 2013
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
B.S. I Love You Harris 1971
The Anderson Tapes 1971 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cockfighter 1974
The Fortune 1975 Comedy, Crime, Romance
The Big Bus 1976 Comedy, Action
Wholly Moses Jethro 1980 0, 0
Heartbeeps 1981 Sci Fi, Comedy
Spring Break Eddie 1983 0
Splash Dr. Ross 1984 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Garbo Talks Shepard Plotkin 1984 Comedy, Drama
Seize the Day Rojax 1986 Drama
Tune in Tomorrow 1990
HouseSitter 1992 Comedy, Romance
Cafe Society Samuel Segal 1996 Drama, Mystery
Two Family House 2002 Drama