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Richard Moll, Who Played Bull the Bailiff on ‘Night Court,' Dies at 80
Actor Richard Moll died Thursday at his home in Big Bear Lake, Calif. He was 80.
The deep-voiced, 6 foot 8 inch actor was best known for the role of the bailiff Bull Shannon in "Night Court," co-starring Harry Anderson and John Larroquette, from 1984 to 1992.
Moll was nominated for a Saturn award for the 1985 horror movie "House." He voiced the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face on "The Adventures of Batman & Robin," as well as Scorpion on "Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He also had parts in "The Flintstones," "Jingle All the Way," "Casper Meets Wendy" and "Scary Movie 2."
He had a recurring role on sitcom "Getting By" starring Cindy Williams and voiced the bodyguard in "Mighty Max."
Moll went on to appear in the 1999 satire "But I'm a Cheerleader" with Natasha Lyonne, in which he played a gay man who shepherded teenagers sent to a re-education camp by parents who suspected they were homosexual.
His other television appearances included "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," "7th Heaven" and "Smallville." After appearing in the horror movie "Nightmare Man" in 2006, he starred in "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage" opposite Peter O'Toole, Marcia Gay Harden and Ed Asner and later appeared in "Cold Case" and "Anger Management." He also appeared in made-for-television films including "No Place Like Home" and "The Headless Horseman."
Born in Pasadena on Jan. 13, 1943, he graduated UC Berkeley and began acting at the Will Geer Theatre performing in works of Shakespeare.
The actor was an avid bird watcher and nature lover and retired to Big Bear Lake.
He is survived by his children Chloe and Mason Moll; ex-wife Susan Moll and stepchildren Cassandra Card and Morgan Ostling.
More sad news. Poor Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben were brutally murdered, with no cause, by a woke mob!
lol, morning, ks.
Having breakfast at CB as I peck.
Be good..or try not to get caught.
RIP, Doughboy. America thanks you and your distinguished colleagues
for your contribution to the obesity epidemic in America.
Morning, MG. Good one.
Stay safe and eat well.
It is with the saddest heart that I have to pass on the following:
Please join me in remembering a great icon. Veteran Pillsbury spokesperson, The Pillsbury Doughboy, died yesterday of a severe yeast infection and complications from repeated pokes to the belly. He was 71.
Doughboy was buried in a slightly greased coffin. Dozens of celebrities turned out, including Mrs. Butterworth, the California Raisins, Hungry Jack, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, Captain Crunch, and many others. The graveside was piled high with flours as long-time friend, Aunt Jemima, delivered the eulogy, describing doughboy as a man who “never knew how much he was kneaded.”
Doughboy rose quickly in show business but his later life was filled with many turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times, he still, as a crusty old man, was considered a roll model for millions.
Toward the end it was thought he’d raise once again, but he was no tart. Doughboy is survived by his second wife, Play Dough. They have two children, and one in the oven. He is also survived by a child from his previous marriage, Pop Tart. The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.
Yo Paulie .... RIP!
Burt Young, ‘Rocky’ star, dead at 83
By Erin Keller and Michael Blinn Published Oct. 18, 2023, 10:07 p.m. ET
Burt Young, the actor best known for his Oscar-nominated performance as Sylvester Stallone’s sidekick in “Rocky,” has reportedly died.
He was 83.
His death was confirmed Wednesday by his daughter, Anne Morea Steingieser, according to The New York Times.
The Post has contacted a rep for Young for comment.
Young’s breakout role as Paulie Pennino in “Rocky” — playing the titular boxer’s best friend and brother of his love interest — came as one of the movie’s more veteran actors at the time.
“I was the only actor that didn’t audition in the first ‘Rocky,’” he told The Rumpus in 2017. “And I got the most money for it.”
The 1976 part in the Stallone written film earned him an Oscar nomination for supporting actor — even if the New York Times shredded the rest of the movie.
“Burt Young is effective as Rocky’s best friend, a beer-guzzling mug,” the critique read.
“I made him a rough guy with a sensitivity,” Mr. Young later said of Paulie, a role he reprised five more times in the series, most recently in “Rocky Balboa” in 2006. “He’s really a marshmallow, even though he yells a lot.”
The character of Paulie died in 2012, keeping Young out of 2015’s “Creed,” but his importance to the franchise remains.
“To my Dear Friend, BURT YOUNG, you were an incredible man’s and artist, I and the World will miss you very much…RIP,” Stallone wrote in a tribute posted to Instagram.
Born in Queens in 1940, many of the facts surrounding Young’s youth have remained in dispute.
Young grew up in Corona before his father sent him outside the neighborhood for schooling to keep him off the streets — not that it helped.
At the age of 16, he enlisted in the Marines — “my pop fibbing my age to get me in,” he wrote in the foreword to “Corona: The Early Years,” (2015), by Jason D. Antos and Constantine E. Theodosiou — serving from 1957-59.
During that stint he became a boxer, going on to a brief professional career with an approximated 17-1 record, by his own varying accounts.
Even his last name is a matter of debate, as he began using Burt Young when he decided to become an actor, studying under Lee Strasberg for two years in his late 20s.
Young had over 160 film and television credits to his name, including “Chinatown” and “Once Upon a Time in America.”
Suzanne Somers dead at 76 following cancer battle
By Ian Mohr and Emily Selleck Published Oct. 15, 2023, 3:21 p.m. ET
Suzanne Somers lost her years-long battle with cancer just one day before her 77th birthday, Page Six can sadly confirm.
The actress died early Sunday morning at the age of 76, the star’s longtime publicist, R. Couri Hay, told us.
“Suzanne Somers passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. She survived an aggressive form of breast cancer for over 23 years,” he said.
“Suzanne was surrounded by her loving husband, Alan [Hamel], her son, Bruce, and her immediate family.”
Hay noted that Somers’ family had planned to gather on what would have been her 77th birthday Monday.
“Instead, they will celebrate her extraordinary life, and want to thank her millions of fans and followers who loved her dearly,” he concluded his statement.
“A private family burial will take place this week, with a memorial to follow next month.”
A friend of the “Three’s Company” star told Page Six she died beside her husband, Hamel.
“She died in her new ‘all green home’ in Palm Springs in her sleep with her loving husband by her side,” they said.
Another source told us that Hamel had given his wife of 46 years an early birthday present shortly before she passed.
“[It was a] handwritten love poem wrapped in her favorite pink peonies,” they revealed.
The tragic news comes less than three months after Hamel told Page Six that the TV icon’s breast cancer had returned.
The “Step by Step” star was diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time in her 50s after battling skin cancer in her 30s and overcoming “two hyperplasia” in her 20s, Hamel explained.
“I have been living with cancer since my 20s. And every time that little f—ker pops up, I continue to bat it back,” Somers shared with “Entertainment Tonight” in July.
“I do my best not to let this insidious disease control me,” she added.
“It’s a recurrence of my breast cancer. Like any cancer patient, when you get that dreaded, ‘It’s back’ you get a pit in your stomach. Then I put on my battle gear and go to war. This is familiar battleground for me and I’m very tough.”
The blond beauty is survived by her son, Bruce Jr., whom she shared with her ex-husband, Bruce Somers.
She was also a stepmom to Stephen and Leslie Hamel from her husband’s previous marriage, and was a loving grandmother to six grandchildren.
Not surprising, Larry.
I've long admired your taste in music.
" Big fav of mine also, K2 " .. !
Rest in melodic peace, Rudolph Isley. This Old Heart of Mine
was one of the first five 45s I bought when we came back from Kwajalein in 1965.
I still have it in its original sleeve and I still love the song. Thank you for the music.
Awesome presence on the field
There is a permanent association
With the number 51
Definitely made an impression
Let's not forget the fun beer commercials with Bubba Smith and Butkus, RIP Bubba(2011) too.
one of the best, a true Leader among Men.
Dick Butkus, Hall of Fame linebacker and Bears legend, dies at age of 80
Dick Butkus, a Pro Football Hall of Famer widely regarded as one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, has died at the age of 80, the Chicago Bears announced.
The knuckle ball
What a pitch
From both sides
Of the equation
DE PERE, Wis. -- John Gordon, an artist who as a young art student helped design the Green Bay Packers' distinctive "G" team logo, has died at age 83.
Gordon died Saturday, said Matt Cotter, the owner of Cotter Funeral & Cremation Care in De Pere, Wisconsin. The funeral home posted an obituary which says Gordon died "surrounded by his family after living with Alzheimer's disease."
Gordon was an art student at St. Norbert College in 1961 and was working as an assistant for Packers equipment manager Gerald "Dad" Braisher when he was offered the chance to design the team's logo under then-coach Vince Lombardi, WLUK-TV reported.
"Dad came down from his meeting with [Vince] Lombardi with a piece of paper in his hand, and he said that Lombardi wants a logo ... and it's going to be a 'G' in a football shape," Gordon said in a video produced 10 years ago by St. Norbert College.
Within 24 hours, Gordon's sketched design was approved and the Packers' original logo was born.
"John lent his talent to the Packer organization and helped design the 'Packer G,'" Gordon's obituary states.
Gordon's name and his sketch are featured in a display at the Packers Hall of Fame museum at Lambeau Field, said Packers curator Brent Hensel.
The original "G" as designed by Gordon was shaped like a football, but it has been modified over the years to the current oval "G."
Despite the popular belief that the "G" stands for greatness, it in fact stands for Green Bay, Packers team historian Cliff Christl wrote in a 2015 article on the Packers' website.
Gordon was a lifelong artist who taught art at Parkview Middle School in Ashwaubenon before becoming an adjunct professor of art at his alma mater, St. Norbert College.
His survivors include his wife, Dianne, his ex-wife, Joan Gordon, and their six children, three grandchildren, a brother and sister and three stepchildren.
Gordon's funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Green Ba
Just to set the record straight, Jimmy was a card carrying liberal like most creative, talented and prolific artists are. Apologies to Kid Rock LOL
Jimmy Buffett takes musical shots at Trump during concert