Happy Birthday To New Canaan’s Martin Mull

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Martin Mull turns 71 on Monday.
Martin Mull turns 71 on Monday.

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Happy birthday to New Canaan’s Martin Mull!

Mull, who has owned a home in New Canaan, turns 71 on Monday. The actor, comedian, painter, and recording artist was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Chicago.

Mull's first well-known acting role was as Garth Gimble in the 1976 television nighttime absurdist soap opera "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." This led to work in the spin-off comedy talk shows "Fernwood 2 Night" (1977) and "America 2-Night" (1978), in which he played talk show host Barth Gimble.

In 1979, he appeared in the "Taxi" episode "Hollywood Calling." He created, wrote for and starred in the short-lived 1984 CBS sitcom "Domestic Life, with Megan Follows."

He had a long-running role as Leon Carp, Roseanne Conner's gay boss on the TV series "Roseanne."

During the 1980s, he starred in a series of commercials for Michelob and Pizza Hut, and in a series of television and radio commercials for Red Roof Inn.

He appeared in the "Pecos Bill" episode of the Shelley Duvall TV series "Tall Tales & Legends." He voiced the role of The Evil Cad on the 1995-97 animated series "Freakazoid!" He also did the voice of Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius, the main villain in "Danny Phantom." He also starred in the Fox sitcom, "Dads."

He has a career as a musical comedian, performing satirical and humorous songs both live and in recordings. Notable live gigs included opening for Randy Newman and Sandy Denny at Boston Symphony Hall in 1973, Frank Zappa at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters in 1973 and for Bruce Springsteen at the Shady Grove Music Fair in Gaithersburg, Md., in October 1974.

His self-titled debut Album, released by Capricorn in 1972, featured many note-worthy musicians, including Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Levon Helm from The Band, Keith Spring of NRBQ and Libby Titus.

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