Actor Richard Bull, best known for the role of Nels Oleson on the popular TV series LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, passed away on February 03 at the age of 89.
To me, Richard Bull will forever be the Ship’s Doctor on VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA.
Bull played the seemingly nameless “Doc”, for 27 episodes over the series’ four seasons (1964-1968), though, oddly, was absent from the role for the entire Second Season, save the final episode.
Another actor, Wayne Heffley, played the Doctor for that season. And, though “Doc’s” name was never spoken over the course of the series, it seems to have been unofficially noted as “Doctor Jamison”.
Richard Bull lent an air of professionalism – and, most importantly, calmness – that counteracted the often bizarre goings on aboard the Submarine Seaview.
Beyond the expected crew illnesses, and duty injuries, Richard Bull’s “Doc”, employed that characteristic “calmness” in dealing with such challenges as:
A Werewolf Virus.
Shape-Shifting Devilish Aliens.
Men Mutating into Rock-Like Creatures.
The Unknown Mysteries of the Fourth Dimension.
And plain old, run-of-the mill psychoses.
Beyond VOYAGE, the vast list of Richard Bull’s acting credits can be found HERE.
Rest in Peace, Richard Bull, and thank you for all the great moments!