Martin Eugene Mull (born August 18, 1943) is an American actor and comedian who has appeared in many television and film roles. He is also a painter and recording artist. As an actor, he first became known in his role on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and its spin-off Fernwood 2 Night. Among his other notable roles are Colonel Mustard in the 1985 film Clue, Leon Carp on Roseanne, Willard Kraft on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Vlad Masters/Plasmius on Danny Phantom, and Gene Parmesan on Arrested Development. He had a recurring role on Two and a Half Men as Russell, the drug-using, humorous pharmacist.
|Birth name||Martin Eugene Mull|
|Born||August 18, 1943|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Education||New Canaan High School|
|Alma mater||Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, MFA)|
Early years and educationEdit
Mull was born in Chicago, the son of Betty Mull, an actress and director, and Harold Mull, a carpenter. He moved with his family to North Ridgeville, Ohio, when he was two years old. They lived there until he was 15 years old, when his family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut. There he attended and graduated from New Canaan High School. He studied painting and graduated in 1965 from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts; in 1967 he earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting, also from RISD.
Mull broke into show business as a songwriter, penning Jane Morgan's 1970 country single, "A Girl Named Johnny Cash", which peaked at No. 61 on Billboard's country charts. Shortly thereafter, he began his own recording career.
Throughout the 1970s, and especially in the first half of the decade, Mull was best known as a musical comedian, performing satirical and humorous songs both live and in studio recordings. Rather than the stage trappings of most musical acts, Mull would decorate his stage with comfortable thrift store furniture. Notable live gigs included opening for Randy Newman and Sandy Denny at Boston Symphony Hall in 1973; Frank Zappa at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters in 1973; Billy Joel in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1974; and for Bruce Springsteen at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in October 1974. His self-titled debut album, released by Capricorn in 1972, featured many noteworthy musicians, including Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Levon Helm from The Band, Keith Spring of NRBQ and Libby Titus. Elvis Costello and Gary Sperrazza attribute the remark "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" to Martin Mull.
Mull's first well known acting role was as Garth Gimble in the 1976 television nighttime absurdist soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. This led to work in the spin-off comedy talk shows Fernwood 2 Night (1977) and America 2-Night (1978), in which he played talk show host Barth Gimble (Garth Gimble's twin brother), opposite Fred Willard, as sidekick Jerry Hubbard. Mull also played the neurotic disc jockey Eric Swan in the 1978 movie FM, his feature film debut.
In 1979, Mull appeared in the Taxi episode Hollywood Calling. He created, wrote for and starred in the short-lived 1984 CBS sitcom Domestic Life, with Megan Follows playing his teenaged daughter. In one episode of The Golden Girls, he played a hippie who was afraid of the outside world. He had a long-running role as Leon Carp, Roseanne Conner's gay boss (and later business partner) on the TV series Roseanne.
During the 1980s, Mull played a supporting role in the film Mr. Mom. He also starred in a series of commercials for Michelob and Pizza Hut, and in a series of television and radio commercials for Red Roof Inn with Fred Willard. He appeared in the Pecos Bill episode of the Shelley Duvall TV series Tall Tales & Legends. He also did the voice of Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius, the main villain in Danny Phantom. From 1996-2001, Mull played Willard Kraft on the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch as her principal. Mull has appeared as a guest star on the game show Hollywood Squares, appearing as the center square in the show's final season, from 2003 to 2004. In late 2004 and in 2013's Netflix-produced Season 4, he portrayed Gene Parmesan, a private investigator, on the TV series Arrested Development. During 2008 and 2009, Mull guest starred in two episodes of the television series Gary Unmarried, as Allison's father.
Mull has been a painter since the 1970s, and his work has appeared in group and solo exhibits. He participated in the June 15, 1971 exhibit "Flush with the Walls" in the men's room of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to protest the lack of contemporary and local art in the museum. His work often combines photorealist painting, and the pop art and collage styles. He published a book of some of his paintings, titled Paintings Drawings and Words, in 1995. One of his paintings was used on the cover for the 2008 Joyce Carol Oates novel My Sister, My Love. Another painting, titled After Dinner Drinks (2008), which is owned by Steve Martin, was used for the cover of Love Has Come for You, an album by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
In a 2010 interview on The Green Room with Paul Provenza, Mull identified himself as an agnostic, saying "I certainly don't begrudge someone else their choice to follow whatever they do, it's just for me, it doesn't make a lot of sense. I think more harm has come to this planet through organized religion, probably, than any single situation that we've invented."
|1980||My Bodyguard||Mr. Peache|
|1981||Take This Job and Shove It||Dick Ebersol|
|1983||Mr. Mom||Ron Richardson|
|1983||Private School||Pharmacy Guy||Uncredited|
|1984||Bad Manners||Warren Fitzpatrick||aka Growing Pains|
|1985||O.C. and Stiggs||Pat Coletti|
|1986||The Boss' Wife||Tony Dugdale|
|1988||Rented Lips||Archie Powell|
|1988||Portrait of a White Marriage||Himself (as talk show host)|
|1989||Cutting Class||William Carson III|
|1990||Ski Patrol||Sam Marris|
|1990||Far Out Man||Dr. Leddledick|
|1992||Miracle Beach||Donald Burbank|
|1992||Dance with Death||Art|
|1993||Mrs. Doubtfire||Justin Gregory|
|1994||How the West Was Fun||Bart Gifooley|
|1994||Mr. Write||Dan Barnes|
|1996||Edie & Pen||Johnnie Sparkle|
|1996||Jingle All the Way||D.J.|
|1996||101 Dalmatians||Wildlife Presenter|
|1997||Beverly Hills Family Robinson||Doug Robinson|
|1998||Zack and Reba||Virgil Payne|
|1998||Richie Rich's Christmas Wish||Richard Rich Sr.|
|2002||The Year That Trembled||Wayne Simonelli|
|2004||A Boyfriend for Christmas||Martin Grant|
|2006||Relative Strangers||Jeffry Morton|
|2011||Oliver's Ghost||Clive Rutledge|
|2018||A Futile and Stupid Gesture||Modern Doug Kenney|
|1976–1977||Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman||Garth Gimble / Barth Gimble|
|1977||Fernwood 2 Night||Barth Gimble|
|1977||The New Adventures of Wonder Woman||Hamlin Rule/Pied Piper||Episode: "The Pied Piper"|
|1978||America 2-Night||Barth Gimble|
|1979||Taxi||Roger Chapman||Episode: "Hollywood Calling"|
|1984||Domestic Life||Martin Crane|
|1985||The History of White People in America||Himself|
|1985||Lots of Luck||Frank Maris||Television film|
|1990||The Golden Girls||Jimmy||Episode: "Snap Out of It"|
|1991||Get a Life||Sandy Connors|
|1991–1997||Roseanne||Leon Carp||46 episodes|
|1992–1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself|
|1993||Family Dog||Skip Binsford (voice)|
|1994||Burke's Law||Wayne Hudson||Episode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Marlin Pfinch-Lupus||Episode: "Whine, Whine, Whine"|
|1997||Over the Top||Brookes Jenson||Episode: "The Review"|
|1997–2000||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Willard Kraft||73 episodes|
|1998||The Simpsons||Seth (voice)||Episode: "D'oh-in' in the Wind"|
|2000||Family Guy||Mr. Harris (voice)||Episode: "If I'm Dyin', I'm Lyin'"|
|2000||Just Shoot Me!||Stan||Episode: "Slamming Jack"|
|2001–2002||The Ellen Show||Ed Munn||18 episodes|
|2001||That '70s Show||Voice of Donna's journal||Episode: "Eric's Drunken Tattoo|
|2002||Dexter's Laboratory||M.A.R. 10 (voice)||Episode: "Lab on the Run"|
|2002||Teamo Supremo||Governor Kevin (voice)|
|2003||Reba||Dr. Todd||Episode: "Encounters"|
|2004||Reno 911!||Jim Kringle|
|2004–2007||Danny Phantom||Vlad Plasmius/Vlad Masters (voice)||16 episodes|
|2004–2013||Arrested Development||Gene Parmesan||4 episodes|
|2005–2011||American Dad!||Father Donovan (voice)||10 episodes|
|2007||The War at Home||Principal Fink|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Dr. Gideon Hutton||Episode: "Retro"|
|2008||My Boys||Dr. Clayton||Episode: "Opportunity Knocks"|
|2008–2013||Two and a Half Men||Russell||6 episodes|
|2010||'Til Death||Whitey / Mr. White||12 episodes|
|2013||Psych||Highway Harry||Episode: "100 Clues"|
|2013–2014||Dads||Crawford Whittemore||19 episodes|
|2015||Community||George Perry||2 episodes|
|2015–2017||Life in Pieces||Gary Timpkins||4 episodes|
|2016||Veep||Bob Bradley||4 episodes|
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2016–2018||The Ranch||Jerry||7 episodes|
|2017||NCIS: Los Angeles||Eddie (Edward O'Boyle)||Episode: "Old Tricks"|
|2017–2019||I'm Sorry||Martin||6 episodes|
|2018–2019||The Cool Kids||Charlie||Main role|
|2020||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Admiral Walter Peralta||Episode: "Admiral Peralta"|
|2020||Bless This Mess||Martin||Episode: "The Table"|
|2020||Bob's Burgers||Shopkeeper (voice)||Episode: "Local She-ro"|
|2005||Nicktoons Unite!||Vlad Plasmius||Voice|
|2006||Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing||Vlad Plasmius||Voice|
- Martin Mull (1972)
- "Dueling Tubas" (Single) charted at #92 on Billboard's Hot 100 (1973)
- Martin Mull and His Fabulous Furniture in Your Living Room! (1973)
- Normal (1974)
- In the Soop with Martin Mull (also with: Ed Wise and Les Daniels) (1974)
- Days of Wine and Neuroses (1975)
- I'm Everyone I've Ever Loved (1977)
- No Hits, Four Errors – The Best of Martin Mull (1977)
- Sex & Violins (1978)
- Near Perfect/Perfect (1979)
- Mulling It Over – A Musical Ouvre-View of Martin Mull (1998)
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-06-24. Retrieved 2014-11-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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- Martin Mull, Artnet
- Format Follies, Pt. 3, Christopher Currie, Furious Horses (blog), April 1, 2009
- Neale, April (2013). "Steve Martin's 'Love has Come For You' celebrates Martin Mull's artistry, tour dates (VIDEO) Archived 2014-05-25 at the Wayback Machine", MonstersAndCritics.com.
- Biography for Martin Mull at IMDb
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- Lavin, Cheryl (1994). "Martin Mull", ChicagoTribune.com.
- The Green Room with Paul Provenza, July 15, 2010