Martin Mull dies at 80: The comedian actor, ‘Roseanne’ star and painter’s life in headlines


Martin Mull, the comedic actor finest identified for his roles in “Clue,” “Roseanne,” “Arrested Growth” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” died Thursday. He was 80.

His daughter, TV author and producer Maggie Mull, shared the information on Instagram.

“He was identified for excelling at each artistic self-discipline conceivable and in addition for doing Purple Roof Inn commercials,” she wrote. “He would discover that joke humorous. He was by no means not humorous. My dad might be deeply missed by his spouse and daughter, by his associates and coworkers, by fellow artists and comedians and musicians, and — the signal of a very distinctive particular person — by many, many canine.”

Mull, who was additionally a singer-songwriter, rose to fame within the Nineteen Seventies on Norman Lear’s satirical cleaning soap opera “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and its spinoffs, “Fernwood 2 Evening” and “America 2-Evening.”

The dry-witted comedian performed Colonel Mustard within the 1985 comedy “Clue” and Teri Garr’s boss in 1983’s “Mr. Mother.” He was Roseanne’s boss, Leon Carp, on her titular sitcom, non-public detective Gene Parmesan on “Arrested Growth” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s” nosy Principal Kraft, along with voicing characters on animated reveals, together with “American Dad!” and “The Simpsons.”

The actor appeared in additional than 200 Los Angeles Instances articles throughout 4 a long time. most lately in December. Following the dying of Lear, a Instances roundup of seven important Lear reveals famous Mull’s contributions to the oddball gallery of characters in “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”

Right here’s a sampling of headlines from Mull’s life as actor and as painter. A full Instances appreciation is forthcoming.

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Martin Mull with Steve Martin throughout an artwork discuss on the Broad Stage in Santa Monica in 2014.

(Ryan Miller / Invision / AP)


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