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Actor Martin Mull has died at the age of 80

Actor Martin Mull has died at the age of 80
Actor Martin Mull has died at the age of 80

The cast of 'Rosanne'.

The cast of ‘Rosanne’. Photo: ABC.

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  • Actor and musician Martin Mull has died.
  • He was known from films such as ‘Clue’ and ‘Mr. Mom’.
  • His daughter Maggie paid tribute.

Martin Mull, an actor, comedian and musician who brought a wry, humorous touch to every project he appeared in, has died. He was 80.

After a long illness, Mull died on Thursday.

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Martin Mull: Early Life and Career

Frank De Vol, Martin Mull and Fred Willard in 'Fernwood 2 Night'.

(L to R) Frank De Vol, Martin Mull and Fred Willard in ‘Fernwood 2 Night’. Photo: TAT Communications Company.

Mull was born in Chicago in 1943 and grew up in Ohio and Connecticut. His artistic journey began with painting. He earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.

While financing his art studies, Mull discovered his talents for music and comedy, forming bands, writing songs (including a country number called “A Girl Named Johnny Cash”), and exploring stand-up.

His dry wit and understated manner of speaking, often accompanied by an expressionless facade, became his signature style. This unique blend of humor earned him a recording contract and multiple Grammy nominations for his comedy albums.

Mull’s big break on television came in the 1970s with the cult classic satirical soap opera Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, in which he played Garth Gimble, a hilariously hot-tempered husband who met a comically gruesome end.

This role led to the spin-off talk show parody “Fernwood 2 Night,” further cementing Mull’s reputation for absurdist humor.

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Martin Mull: Film work

Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren in 'Clue'.

(From left to right) Michael McKean, Martin Mull, Eileen Brennan, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren in ‘Clue’. Photo: Paramount Pictures.

Throughout his career, Mull has appeared in numerous shows and films.

He played Colonel Mustard in the cult classic ‘Clue’, Leon Carp in ‘Roseanne’ and the eccentric art teacher Willard Kraft in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’.

Other films included ‘Mr. Mom’, ‘Jingle All the Way’, ‘Killers’, ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and ‘A Useless and Stupid Gesture’.

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His television career was even more prolific and varied, including “The Afterparty,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Veep” and “The Ellen Show.”

His most memorable roles are the quirky roles he played in ‘Two and a Half Men’ and in the critically acclaimed film ‘Arrested Development’, in which he played the unforgettable Gene Parmesan.

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“Someone had to get the family back together.”

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Despite his busy schedule, he still found time for his true passion, as he jokingly explained to The AV Club:

“I’ve been painting all the time. This whole thing was a way to try to get paint on my table. You know, every painter I know has a day job. They teach art at a college or drive a taxi or something. And I just happened to get a day job that’s extraordinary and really fun and buys a lot of paint.”

Martin Mull: Family

Martin Mull in 'The History of White People in America'.

Martin Mull in ‘The History of White People in America’. Photo: HBO.

Mull was married twice before meeting and marrying Wendy Haas in 1982. They have a daughter, TV writer Maggie.

Maggie announced his passing on Instagram:

“I am devastated to report that my father passed away at home on June 27th after a courageous battle with a long illness. He was known for excelling in every creative discipline imaginable, including his role in Red Roof Inn commercials. He found that joke funny. He was always funny. My father will be deeply missed by his wife and daughter, by his friends and colleagues, by fellow artists, comedians and musicians, and — the mark of a truly exceptional person — by so many dogs. I loved him dearly.”

Martin Mull in “The History of White People in America.”

Martin Mull in ‘The History of White People in America’. Photo: HBO.

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