Jim J. Bullock

Jim J. Bullock
Born James Jackson Bullock
(1955-02-09) February 9, 1955[1]
Casper, Wyoming, United States
Other names Jm J. Bullock
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1981–present

Jim J. Bullock (sometimes credited as Jm J. Bullock) (born February 9, 1955) is an American actor. He is a comedian of stage, television and motion pictures.

Early life

James Jackson Bullock was born in Casper, Wyoming, and raised in Odessa, Texas, in a Southern Baptist home.[1] As a youth, Bullock planned to study to become an evangelical Christian minister.[1] He received a music scholarship to attend Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but left school without graduating.[2]


Bullock became a notable entertainment figure in the 1980s when he co-starred on the sitcom Too Close for Comfort as Monroe Ficus (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.[3] He also appeared as a semi-regular on Battlestars. He later became a semi-regular on ALF (from 1989 to 1990) as Neal Tanner. He guest-hosted a special episode of Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989 where host Marc Summers and announcer Harvey played against each other. The game ended with both Summers and Harvey playing the Obstacle Course and successfully winning all eight prizes for their respective civilian teammates. Stage assistants Robin Marrella and Dave Shikiar guest-announced that episode.

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 a 1985 appearance on the game show Body Language, host Tom Kennedy described him as looking "like you're in the pink of health and all of that", to which a flustered Bullock responded "I'm, I'm...no, I'm about to die, actually. But let's not talk about that now, OK? Fabulous." Kennedy then remarked that "If you've got about four days left in you, we'll make it till Thursday", and Bullock replied "I've got four days, yeah."

In 1996, Bullock's partner of six years, John Casey, died from AIDS-related complications.[1][2] Bullock is a longtime survivor of the virus and, as of 2011, was still healthy due in part to antiretroviral drugs.[1][4]

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.[2][5]


Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes
TV series 1980–1987 Too Close for Comfort Monroe Ficus 119 episodes
Film 1981 Full Moon High Eddie credited as Jm. Bullock
Alternative title: Moon High
Film 1987 Spaceballs Prince Valium credited as JM J. Bullock
Film 1988 DeGarmo & Key: Rock Solid...The Rock-u-mentary! News Reporter
TV series 1989 Super Sloppy Double Dare Himself/Guest Host
TV series 1989–1990 ALF Neal Tanner "He Ain't Heavy, He's Willie's Brother"
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
"Break Up to Make Up" "Happy Together"
"Love on the Rocks"
005 episodes total
Film 1991 Switch PsychicThe Psychic
TV series 1992 Seinfeld Attendant #1 "Airport, TheThe Airport"
TV series 1994–1995 Boogies Diner Gerald unknown episodes
Animated TV series 1994 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man "Cellar Beware" voice actor
TV series 1996 Roseanne Al "Satan, Darling"
Animated TV series 1999 Queer Duck Adam Seymour "Queer Duck" Duckstein voice actor; 20 episodes
TV series 2000 E! True Hollywood Story Himself "Jim J. Bullock" documentary
Documentary 2000 Eyes of Tammy Faye, TheThe Eyes of Tammy Faye Himself
Film 2000 Get Your Stuff Tom
Film 2001 10 Attitudes Tex
Film 2001 Kissing Jessica Stein Not-Yet-Out Gay Guy (Craig)
Film 2001 Circuit Mark
TV series 2001 Intimate Portrait Himself "Tammy Faye" documentary
TV series 2001 Popular Judge "Brain GameThe Brain Game"
Short film 2002 Gaydar Maurice's Ex 20 minutes
included in the Direct-to-video compilation film Men's Mix 1: Gay Shorts Collection
TV series 2004 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Mr. Monroe "First Day & Lockers"
"Bathrooms & Project Partners"
"Teachers & Detention"
"Seating & Tryouts"
"Crushes and Dances"
"Sick Days & Spelling Bee"
"Rumors & Photo Day"
"School Elections & Talent Show"
018 episodes total
TV series 2005 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Serge, Wedding Planner 002 episodes; 12 episodes total
TV series 2005 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Mr. Monroe "Notes & Best Friends"
"Cheaters & Bullies"
"Emergency Drills & Late Bus"
"New Semester & Electives"
"Video Projects and School Clubs"
"Vice Principals & Mondays"
018 episodes total
TV series 2006 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Mr. Monroe "Dares and Bad Habits" 018 episodes total
Animated film 2006 Queer Duck: The Movie Bi Polar Bear voice actor; Direct-to-video release
TV series 2007 Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Mr. Monroe "Spring Fever & the School Newspaper"
" Health and Jealousy"
"Tests and When You Like Someone Who Is Seeing Someone Else"
018 episodes total
Film 2008 One, Two, Many Derek
Animated TV series 2008 Rick & Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World Jacques-Jean/Emerald Joe "Wickeder" voice actor
TV series 2009 Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the Beautiful Serge 010 episodes; 12 episodes total
Short film 2009 Cost of Living Bill 15 minutes
Film 2009 Fish, TheThe Fish Jim-Jay "The Star"
Documentary 2010 Frances: A Mother Divine Himself
Film 2010 Role/Play Bernie
Film 2012 Ron and Laura Take Back America Bob Zackie


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Salkin, Judith (January 23, 2011). "Jim J. Bullock plays dual role: Clown, HIV survivor". The Desert Sun. Archived from the original on January 28, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 Zachary, Bohdan (July 20, 1999). "The Comeback Kidder". The Advocate.
  3. Eakin, Marah; Teti, John; Adams, Erik (June 16, 2014). "Bonus round stars: 9 celebrities who found their greatest fame on game shows". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 20, 2014.
  4. Falcon, Mike (June 6, 2001). "Jim J. Bullock reflects on AIDS anniversary". USA Today. Retrieved January 23, 2011.
  5. "Too Close for Comfort: 1980-1985". People.com. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
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