Martin Mull

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Martin Mull
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Mull in 2018
Birth nameMartin Eugene Mull
Born (1943-08-18) August 18, 1943 (age 79)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education New Canaan High School
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design (BFA, MFA)
  • Kristin Johnson
    (m. 1972;div. 1978)
  • Sandra Baker
    (m. 1978;div. 1981)
  • (m. 1982)

Martin Eugene Mull [1] (born August 18, 1943) [2] is an American actor, comedian and musician 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.


Early years and education

Mull was born in Chicago, the son of Betty Mull, an actress and director, and Harold Mull, a carpenter. [3] 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. [4] 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. [5]


Musical career

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.

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Mull in 1976

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 use the stage trappings of most musical acts, Mull would decorate his stage with comfortable thrift store furniture. [6] Notable live gigs included opening for Randy Newman and Sandy Denny at Boston Symphony Hall in 1973; [7] 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. [8]

Elvis Costello and Gary Sperrazza attribute the remark "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" to Martin Mull. [9] [10]

Acting career

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 talk show parodies 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 and announcer Jerry Hubbard. Mull also appeared as 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 supporting roles in the films Mr. Mom and Clue , and had a rare lead role in Serial . 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. [11]

Mull also starred in the Fox sitcoms Dads and The Cool Kids , the latter with David Alan Grier, Vicki Lawrence, and Leslie Jordan.

Artistic career

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. [12] His work often combines photorealist painting, and the pop art and collage styles. [13] 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 . [14] 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. [15]

Personal life

Twice divorced, Mull is married to singer Wendy Haas. They have a daughter, Maggie, [16] [17] [18] who as of 2021 is a co-executive producer for Family Guy .

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." [19]



1978 FM Eric Swan
1980 Serial Harvey Holroyd
1980 My Bodyguard Mr. Peache
1981 Take This Job and Shove It Dick Ebersol
1982 Flicks Tang/Arthur Lyleaka "Loose Joints"
1983 Mr. Mom Ron Richardson
1983 Private School Pharmacy GuyUncredited
1984 Bad Manners Warren Fitzpatrickaka Growing Pains
1985 Television Parts Himself
1985 California Girls Elliot
1985 Clue Colonel Mustard
1985 O.C. and Stiggs Pat Coletti
1986 The Boss' Wife Tony Dugdale
1988 Rented Lips Archie Powell
1988Portrait of a White MarriageHimself (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.
2000 Attention Shoppers Charles
2002 The Year That Trembled Wayne Simonelli
2004 A Boyfriend for Christmas Martin Grant
2006 Relative Strangers Jeffry Morton
2010 Killers Holbrook
2011Oliver's GhostClive Rutledge
2013 Tim's Vermeer Himself
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Modern Doug Kenney


1976–1977 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Garth Gimble/Barth Gimble49 episodes
1977 Fernwood 2 Night Barth Gimble44 episodes
1977 The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Hamlin Rule/Pied Piper Episode: "The Pied Piper"
1978 America 2-Night Barth Gimble65 episodes
1979 Taxi Roger ChapmanEpisode: "Hollywood Calling"
1983 Sunset Limousine Mel ShaverTelevision film
1984 Domestic Life Martin Crane10 episodes
1985 The History of White People in America Himself
1985 Lots of Luck Frank Maris Television film
1990 The Golden Girls JimmyEpisode: "Snap Out of It"
1991 Get a Life Sandy Connors
1991–1997 Roseanne Leon Carp46 episodes
1992–1993 The Larry Sanders Show Himself2 episodes
1993 Family Dog Skip Binsford (voice)10 episodes
1994 Burke's Law Wayne HudsonEpisode: "Who Killed Good Time Charlie?"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Marlin Pfinch-LupusEpisode: "Whine, Whine, Whine"
1997 Over the Top Brookes JensonEpisode: "The Review"
1997–2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Willard Kraft73 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! StanEpisode: "Slamming Jack"
2001–2002 The Ellen Show Ed Munn18 episodes
2002 Dexter's Laboratory M.A.R. 10 (voice)Episode: "Lab on the Run"
2002 Teamo Supremo Governor Kevin (voice)
2003 Reba Dr. ToddEpisode: "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 Fink3 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Gideon HuttonEpisode: "Retro"
2008 My Boys Dr. ClaytonEpisode: "Opportunity Knocks"
2008–2013 Two and a Half Men Russell6 episodes
2010 'Til Death Whitey/Mr. White12 episodes
2013 Psych Highway HarryEpisode: "100 Clues"
2013–2014 Dads Crawford Whittemore19 episodes
2015 Community George Perry2 episodes
2015–2017 Life in Pieces Gary Timpkins4 episodes
2016 Veep Bob Bradley4 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2016–2018 The Ranch Jerry7 episodes
2017 NCIS: Los Angeles Eddie (Edward O'Boyle)Episode: "Old Tricks"
20172019 I'm Sorry Martin6 episodes
20182019 The Cool Kids CharlieMain role (22 episodes)
2020 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Admiral Walter PeraltaEpisode: "Admiral Peralta"
2020 Bless This Mess MartinEpisode: "The Table"
2020 Bob's Burgers Shopkeeper (voice)Episode: "Local She-ro"
2022 Grace and Frankie H.W. WallingfordEpisode: "The Last Hurrah"
2023 Not Dead Yet Monty2 episodes

Video games

2005 Nicktoons Unite! Vlad Plasmius Voice
2006 Nicktoons Winners Cup Racing Vlad PlasmiusVoice


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