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Jim J. Bullock
Full Name
James Jackson "Jim" Bullock
Gender
Male
Birthplace
Casper, Wyoming
Birthdate
February 9th, 1955 (age 62)
Occupation(s)
Actor
Comedian
Years Active
1980-1996, 1999-present

James Jackson "Jim" Bullock (credited as Jim J. Bullock or Jm J. Bullock) is an American actor and comedian. He plays Mr. Monroe in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.

Early life

James Jackson Bullock was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in Odessa, Texas, in a Southern Baptist home. As a youth, Bullock planned to study to become an evangelical Christian minister. He received a music scholarship to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but left school without graduating.

Career

Bullock became a notable entertainment figure in the 1980s when he co-starred on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort (credited as "Jm J. Bullock") and was a regular "square" on John Davidson's updated version of Hollywood Squares (1986–1989), also substituting for Davidson as host on occasion. He also appeared as a semi-regular on Battlestars. He later became a semi-regular on ALF (from 1989–1990) as Neal Tanner.

After the sitcom went off the air, 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. 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 production 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. In 1996, Bullock's partner of six years, John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, 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; he received probation as a result.

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