James Jackson Bullock (born February 9, 1955), sometimes credited as Jim J. Bullock or Jm J. Bullock, is an American
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of stage,
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, and
motion pictures
motion pictures

Early life

Bullock was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in
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(although he is listed as an alumnus of
Natrona County High School
Natrona County High School
( Casper, Wyoming)), and was raised in a Southern Baptist home and as a youth, planned to become an evangelical Christian minister. He received a music scholarship to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in
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, but left school without graduating.


Credited as "Jim J. Bullock" because there was another "Jim Bullock" in the actors union, Bullock became a notable entertainment figure in the 1980s when he co-starred on the
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'' Too Close for Comfort'' as Monroe Ficus and was a regular guest on John Davidson's updated version of the game show ''
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''; Bullock occasionally substituted for Davidson as host. He also appeared as a semi-regular on '' Battlestars''. He later became a semi-regular on '' ALF'' (from 1989 to 1990) as Neal Tanner. He guest-hosted a special episode of '' Super Sloppy Double Dare'' in 1989 where host Marc Summers and announcer Harvey played against each other. The game ended with both Summers and Harvey playing the Obstacle Course and winning all eight prizes for their respective civilian teammates. Stage assistants Robin Marrella and Dave Shikiar guest-announced that episode. After ''ALF'' went off the air in 1990, Bullock remained active with theatre, television, and film work. He briefly hosted a syndicated talk show with ex-televangelist Tammy Faye Messner. The ''Jim J. and Tammy Faye Show'' debuted in 1996, but Messner exited the program a few months later following a cancer diagnosis. Bullock continued with new co-host, Ann Abernathy, and the show became ''The Jim J. and Ann Show'' until it was canceled. Bullock was the voice of ''Queer Duck'' in the animated series of cartoons of the same name which have appeared on both the internet and the cable TV network Showtime (TV network), Showtime. In 2000, Bullock was a regular panelist on the revival of ''I've Got a Secret''. He also performed on the national tour of the Broadway theatre, Broadway production ''Hairspray (musical), Hairspray'' as Wilbur Turnblad, a role he took to the Broadway stage starting September 18, 2007. Some of his other noteworthy roles include the pilled-up narcoleptic Prince Valium in the 1987 Mel Brooks movie ''Spaceballs'', and the "Not-Quite-Out-of-the-Closet" character in the date montage at the beginning of 2001's ''Kissing Jessica Stein''. From 2004 to 2007, he had a recurring role as Mr. Monroe, a teacher at the fictional James K. Polk Middle School on the Nickelodeon live-action sitcom ''Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide''.

Personal life

In 1985, while ''Too Close For Comfort'' was being retooled as ''The Ted Knight Show'', Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. He made his diagnosis public 11 years later. In 1996, Bullock's partner of six years, John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, , was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs. On February 17, 1999, Bullock was arrested outside a bar in West Hollywood, California, for possession of crystal meth, and was sentenced to probation.



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