Martin Mull, Iconic Roseanne Star, Dies at 80 After Long Illness

Martin Mull, Iconic Roseanne Star, Dies at 80 After Long Illness
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Mar­tin Mull, the renowned comedic actor who cap­ti­vat­ed audi­ences with his roles in Roseanne, Clue, and Sab­ri­na: The Teenage Witch, has passed away at the age of 80. 

His daugh­ter, Mag­gie Mull, con­firmed the sad news on Insta­gram, stat­ing that her father had fought a “valiant fight against a long ill­ness” before pass­ing away at his home on June 27th.

Mul­l’s ver­sa­tile tal­ent and unwa­ver­ing ded­i­ca­tion to his craft made him a beloved fig­ure in the enter­tain­ment industry. 

He first gained recog­ni­tion for his break­out role in Nor­man Lear’s soap opera par­o­dy, Mary Hart­man, Mary Hart­man, and lat­er went on to star as Rosean­ne’s boss, Leon Carp, in the hit sit­com Roseanne.

In addi­tion to his tele­vi­sion work, Mull also made a mark in film, appear­ing in clas­sics like Clue, Mr. Mom, and Mrs. Doubt­fire. He was also a fre­quent guest on game shows, most notably as a reg­u­lar on Hol­ly­wood Squares, where he often occu­pied the cov­et­ed cen­ter square.

Mul­l’s daugh­ter, Mag­gie, paid trib­ute to her father, describ­ing him as an artist who excelled in var­i­ous cre­ative dis­ci­plines, includ­ing paint­ing, music, and comedy. 

She expressed her deep love and admi­ra­tion for him, stat­ing that he will be “deeply missed by his wife and daugh­ter, by his friends and cowork­ers, by fel­low artists and come­di­ans and musi­cians, and—the sign of a tru­ly excep­tion­al person—by many, many dogs.”

Melis­sa Joan Hart, Mul­l’s co-star in Sab­ri­na: The Teenage Witch, also shared a heart­felt mes­sage, reflect­ing on the joy of work­ing with him and the last­ing impact he had on the enter­tain­ment industry. 

Hart praised Mul­l’s ver­sa­til­i­ty and resilience, not­ing that he had a pas­sion for var­i­ous cre­ative pur­suits, includ­ing paint­ing and music.

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