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Actor Richard Bull dies

Actor Richard Bull, best known for playing warm-hearted shopkeeper Nels Oleson in the classic TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’, has passed away at the age of 89. The actor died on February 3 in Calabasas, California, after suffering from pneumonia, reported Deadline. Bull, who was born in Zion, Ill in 1924, began his […]

Los Angeles | Published: February 5, 2014 5:31:03 pm
Richard Bull died on February 3 in Calabasas, California, after suffering from pneumonia. (AP Photo) Richard Bull died on February 3 in Calabasas, California, after suffering from pneumonia. (AP Photo)

Actor Richard Bull, best known for playing warm-hearted shopkeeper Nels Oleson in the classic TV series ‘Little House on the Prairie’, has passed away at the age of 89.

The actor died on February 3 in Calabasas, California, after suffering from pneumonia, reported Deadline.

Bull, who was born in Zion, Ill in 1924, began his career as a stage actor at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Apart from starring in ‘Little House’, Bull also had a recurring role in the 1960s adventure show ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’

The actor’s other TV projects include ‘Streets of San Francisco’, ‘Barnaby Jones’, and ‘Hill Street Blues’. He also appeared in the films ‘The Andromeda Strain’ and ‘High Plains Drifter’.

Actress Alison Arngrim, who played Bull’s daughter Nellie Olseon on ‘Little House’ said she has lost her on-screen father.

“Today we lost my TV ‘Pa,’ the wonderful Richard Bull. In real life, he was just as kind, intelligent, thoughtful and reasonable as you’d expect Nels Oleson to be. I am so grateful that I was able to spend time with him and his wife Bobbie (actress Barbara Collentine) over the last year,” Arngrim said in a statement.

“I am truly very touched by the overwhelming – and world wide – outpouring of love for Richard Bull,” she further added.

Bull is survived by Collentine, his wife of 65 years.

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