Richard Bull Dies: Played Nels Oleson on 'Little House on the Prairie'

Wednesday, 05 Feb 2014 10:18 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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Actor Richard Bull, who played the store owner on “Little House on the Prairie,” has died at age 89, co-star Melissa Gilbert confirmed Tuesday.

Although Bull appeared on numerous television shows and miniseries, he was best known for his role as Nels Oleson on “Little House.”

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Alison Arngrim, who played Bull’s daughter Nellie on the popular show, posted numerous times about the man who was her “father.”







Despite his henpecked relationship with his on-screen wife in “Little House on the Prairie,” Bull’s relationship with his real-life wife Barbara was much better.

“I sometimes feel sorry for Nels Oleson,” Bull told the Times Daily in 1979. “I couldn’t take some of the things he does. Barbara and I share everything and try not to be a burden to each other.”

Other people felt sorry for the Oleson character too.



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