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Little House on the Prairie Actor Richard Bull Dies
people.com ^ | 02/04/2014 | STEPHEN M. SILVERMAN

Posted on 02/04/2014 1:06:09 PM PST by massmike

Richard Bull, a character actor who played shopkeeper Nels Oleson on the 1974-83 TV favorite Little House on the Prairie, died Monday. He was 89.

"This man will be missed," the show's star, Melissa Gilbert, Tweeted. "Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend."

Bull was born in Zion, Ill., on June 26, 1924, and in 1948 married actress Barbara Collentine, according to a 2009 Yahoo biographical sketch.

On the NBC show about the Ingalls family in the American West of the 1800s, actress Scottie MacGregor played Bull's wife, Harriet Oleson, and Nels was known as her "long-suffering husband."

He is survived by Collentine, whose own TV roles include those on Hotel, Newhart and St. Elsewhere – as well as a stint as the character Edna Mills on Little House.

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: littlehouse; mroleson; obituary

1 posted on 02/04/2014 1:06:09 PM PST by massmike
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To: massmike

RIP


2 posted on 02/04/2014 1:06:50 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: massmike

There goes another bit of my youth.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 1:07:10 PM PST by vladimir998
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To: massmike

Rest in peace. I enjoyed your portrayal of the foil to familial nonsense. Well done, sir.


4 posted on 02/04/2014 1:08:29 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: massmike

I loved his character but would get so frustrated when he wouldn’t stand up to that shrike Harriet! He was whupped......RIP.


5 posted on 02/04/2014 1:10:14 PM PST by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: massmike

MAN I feel old

LOL!

Rip Nell Olson


6 posted on 02/04/2014 1:11:34 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: massmike
OK, who else was thinking this guy died?

Nope. This is Richard Moll. Not Bull. But he played Bull on Night Court

7 posted on 02/04/2014 1:11:59 PM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Dawgreg

There was one episode he did stand up to his wife

Remember the episode later on the series run on Little House Harriet Olson got tick off that African American dude was going join the church that was play Moses Gunn he totally told off his wife


8 posted on 02/04/2014 1:12:24 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine

Remember the one episode where he had to go out of town on business. He stayed at a home that had rooms for rent. The widow was kind, attractive and didn’t boss him around. The show sort of showed he was smitten by the attention but returned home to his shrew of a wife.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 1:14:49 PM PST by momtothree
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To: massmike

That is so sad.

My wife and I were just watching Little House on Sunday and wondering who was still living from the show. I was actually happy to hear that Mr. Oleson was still going. His character was my favorite. I learned a lot about charity, humility, and kindness based on him.

Sorry to say boys today dont have TV examples like that to learn from.


10 posted on 02/04/2014 1:15:26 PM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: Responsibility2nd

That’s what I thought of first!


11 posted on 02/04/2014 1:16:25 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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To: massmike

Good for him. At 89 he had it coming.

Rest in Peace with God...


12 posted on 02/04/2014 1:16:48 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Got me on that one, too.


13 posted on 02/04/2014 1:17:07 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Dawgreg

Nels put his foot down a few times. The wife was too far gone to be saved but the kids turned out OK in the end.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 1:27:28 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: massmike

A talented gentleman, and from IL oddly.


15 posted on 02/04/2014 1:29:40 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Dawgreg

Nels knew it was easier to keep his mouth shut and uphold his own moral principles than to try to correct the foolish Harriet.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 1:31:15 PM PST by Theodore R. (TX Republicans to endorse Cornball and George P! Stay tuned March 4)
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To: Responsibility2nd
OK, who else was thinking this guy died?

Uh, me?

Yes, yes I did.

17 posted on 02/04/2014 1:33:10 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: SevenofNine
I think Nellie Oleson grew up to be Nancy Pelosi.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 1:53:15 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: VanDeKoik

What I remember about him is the type of candy he sold. The old fashioned hard candy. I’ve tasted that type of candy quite a few times since then, and every time I do I think, how in the world did a kid actually think this was something special.

It usually stayed in my mouth for about 5 seconds, and to the trash it would go.

Taffy I get, but that stuff didn’t even taste “sweet”.


19 posted on 02/04/2014 2:19:26 PM PST by skinndogNN
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To: massmike

Melissa Gilbert once said that she hated little house because it was to unrealistic.

At least the show achieved the purpose of defining behavior upward instead of defining deviancy downward as everything does today.

And where did Melissa Gilbert make that statement. On Howard Sterns of course.


20 posted on 02/04/2014 2:28:39 PM PST by Revel
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To: massmike

Scottie? I thought the wife’s name was Katherine McGregor.


21 posted on 02/04/2014 2:29:47 PM PST by Nea Wood
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To: VanDeKoik

When it came out on DVD we bought the entire set. My girls were not born when it was on. Television had rotted so bad by the time they were born that we gave up on broadcast garbage. I have purchased several of my favorite shows on DVD and we watch them in chronological order to the end and then start a different show. Takes us more than a year to go through the old shows in our collection. Long enough to dim the memory and enjoy them again.


22 posted on 02/04/2014 2:46:02 PM PST by spudville
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To: vladimir998

I hear ya

RIP


23 posted on 02/04/2014 3:21:16 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

She actually a comedian she does comedy routine talk about her experience as child actor


24 posted on 02/04/2014 3:24:30 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: Nea Wood

She goes by both names, Scotty and Katherine.


25 posted on 02/04/2014 3:25:31 PM PST by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: massmike
He was perfectly cast in the role of Nels Oleson. On the surface a whipped sissy, but you always knew he was principled and decent, and he never quite let Harriet beat him down.

RIP.

26 posted on 02/04/2014 3:32:52 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
"I think Nellie Oleson grew up to be Nancy Pelosi."

No, this:


27 posted on 02/04/2014 3:37:56 PM PST by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite

Not bad Nellie...all grown up I see.

Wonder if thats a wig.

RIP Mr Bull,you made a lot of people smile

with your comebacks to Harriet.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 3:54:55 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: massmike
Rest in peace Mr. Bull.


29 posted on 02/04/2014 4:10:36 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: massmike

RIP.


30 posted on 02/04/2014 5:10:22 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: Red_Devil 232

Neliie Oleson had more charm, likability, intelligence, and maturity than Nancy Pelosi.


31 posted on 02/04/2014 5:11:20 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: massmike

Bull had a small part in my all time favorite western - High Plains Drifter.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 6:17:10 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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To: massmike

Enjoyed his work on LHOTP. RIP.


33 posted on 02/04/2014 8:12:36 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: DemforBush

He had a small part in one of my favorite movies - The Thomas Crown Affair (the original).


34 posted on 02/04/2014 9:37:37 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (You're a very weird person, Yossarian.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
OK, who else was thinking this guy died?

I never watched much Little House and, yes, that's exactly who sprang to mind.

35 posted on 02/05/2014 7:40:40 AM PST by ConfusedAndLovingIt
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