Richard Bull, the television character actor known to millions of TV viewers as Nels Oleson, the frontier shopkeeper in the long-running drama “Little House on the Prairie,” died Feb. 3 at a hospital in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 89.
The cause was complications from pneumonia, said his wife, actress Barbara Collentine Bull.
Inspired by the autobiographical writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, “Little House on the Prairie” aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and continued for decades in syndication, winning the enduring affection of its audiences.
The wholesome series, which starred Michael Landon as family patriarch Charles Ingalls and Melissa Gilbert as his daughter Laura, transported viewers to the town of Walnut Grove, Mi