Character Actor Richard Bull, ‘Little House On The Prairie’s’ Nels Oleson has died at the age of 89, Highlight Hollywood News.
Highlight Hollywood has confirmed the death of character actor Richard Bull, best known as Nels on the hit 1970s drama “Little House on The Prairie.” He was 89. Richard Bull was an American film actor, stage actor and television actor. He is best known for his performance as Nels Oleson, the kindly proprietor of Oleson’s Mercantile and the long suffering husband and father.
Actress and children’s advocate Alison Arngrim confirmed the news. “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. Tonight my husband and I are sitting down to watch an obscure TV show that Richard and his wife Barbara both worked on called (“Nichols”), also starring James Garner. Richard said it was one the best shows he ever did.”
Bull also starred in “Normal” (2003) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968). He has been married to his beautiful wife Barbara Collentine since April 13, 1948.
Born: 6/26/1924, Zion, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 2/3/2014, Calabasas, California, U.S.A.
Richard Bull’s westerns – actor:
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 (doctor)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 (Doc Spence)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962, 1972 (Nort, Deems)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (bartender)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 (Abel Spender)
Hour of the Gun – 1967 (Thomas Fitch)
The Stalking Moon – 1968 (doctor)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Carver)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1972 (Jess Hill, Mr. Gowdman)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1970 (Black Bull)
Lawman – 1971 (Dusaine)
Man and Boy – 1971 (Thornhill)
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (Ginsford)
High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Asa Goodwin)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974-1983 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: Look Back at Yesterday (TV) – 1983 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: The Last Farewill (TV) – 1984 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: Bless All the Dear Children (TV) – 1984 (Nels Olesen)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Judge Hollister)