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Did You Watch 'Little House on the Prairie'?

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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Beloved 'Little House on the Prairie' Actor's Death Mourned

by Adriana Velez 

richard bullRemember Nellie Oleson's dad in the '70s TV show, Little House on the Pairie, the series based on Laura Ingalls Wilder's books about life in the 19th century American Western frontier? Anyone? Man, I am dating myself here, but I do. Well, the actor who played long-suffering, kindly shopkeeper Nels, Richard Bull, just died at the age of 89. We're sad to see him go, but that's a good, long life! He died of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital after being admitted for pneumonia. Apparently he was just as loveable in real life as his TV character was, and actors are sending heart-felt condolences.

The actress who played the insufferable Nellie, Alison Arngrim, was a lifelong friend of Bull. "Everyone loved him so much," she says. "Today we lost my TV 'Pa', the wonderful Richard Bull. He was as Nels Oleson as you'd possibly want someone to be. He was calm, rational, sensible." I hear Alison was as un-Nellie as possible. I love that they remained friends after the show.

Here's what Melissa Gilbert, AKA Laura Ingalls, tweeted:

Melissa Gilbert         @MelissaEGilbert

This man will be missed. Goodbye Richard working with you was such a joy but nearly as joyful as being your friend.

The woman who played Nels Oleson's wife Harriet, Scottie MacGregor, lived in the Motion Picture & Television Fund home as well. She had dinner with Bull's real-life wife, actress Barbara Collentine. Dean Butler, who played Laura's husband Almanzo James Wilder, says both "agreed they had both lost a wonderful husband."

"Richard was a very generous, soft-spoken actor with a wonderful appetite for work. He always made it (acting) look so easy," Butler said. Bull played Nels Oleson from 1974 to 1983, and appeared in numerous other television shows, including Boss in 2011.

I love this simple tweet from Arngrim.

Arngrim @Arngrim

Goodnight Pa.

Did you watch Little House on the Prairie?

by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:18 PM
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LadySaphira
by Lisa on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I loved that show.

suzeebloch
by Ronna on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:24 PM

I'm an avid reader of the LHOTP books but never did care for the TV show as it strayed too far from the books.  I watched the original pilot and that was good; but after that it was just too much fluff for my tastes.

kuntrylady56
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Was one of my Moms favorite shows and we would watch every Thursday night(I think thats when it came on). But I'm like Ronna and enjoyed the books much more. We live only about 45  minutes to hours drive from the Laura Ingles Wilders Home in Mansfield MO. Its a very pretty place and it has Pa's fiddle setting in the living room.  

RIP MR.Oleson


suzeebloch
by Ronna on Feb. 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

oh man!!!  The only time I got to visit there was when I was married and we had gone to Taneycomo to go fishing.  I begged and begged to be able to take a detour on the way home to visit since we were soooo close.  My (now dead ex) husband always referred to these books as "little OUTHOUSE on the prairie" ... and he was annoyed at me for even suggesting this but gave in.  Then he refused to go in with me and was all pissy about it and told me to hurry up and make it quick.  Jess and I went thru but I was walking on eggshells knowing he didn't want to be there in the first place and I remember hardly anything.  I need to go there again by myself! 

Quoting kuntrylady56:

Was one of my Moms favorite shows and we would watch every Thursday night(I think thats when it came on). But I'm like Ronna and enjoyed the books much more. We live only about 45  minutes to hours drive from the Laura Ingles Wilders Home in Mansfield MO. Its a very pretty place and it has Pa's fiddle setting in the living room.  

RIP MR.Oleson



jlsjjsmom
by Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 2:45 PM

 I loved both the books and the TV show. Yes, the show did stray from the books but I still enjoyed it. RIP Mr. Olsen!

jabs54
by Jeanine on Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:20 PM

 Loved the shows.  Have them all on DVD.  Sympathies to his family :(

 

atlmom2
by Susie on Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:25 PM
I loved the show. Still do.
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MichelleMc
by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Always watched. Sad to hear. 

Esmrlda
by Esme on Feb. 5, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I did and I loved it.

Maddie24
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:59 PM

 Yes, I loved the show.  My DGD likes it as well.

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