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Jim J. Bullock (born February 9, 1955)

Jim J. Bullock (sometimes credited as Jm J. Bullock) (born February 9, 1955) is an American comedian, stage, television and film actor. In 1985, while Too Close For Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show, Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. The sole bright spot during this period was his partner, John Casey, whom he met in 1990. In 1996 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.

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 he left school without graduating.

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.

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_J._Bullock

Further Readings:

Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews by Gary M. Kramer
Paperback: 255 pages
Publisher: Southern Tier Editions (August 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1560233435
ISBN-13: 978-1560233435
Amazon: Independent Queer Cinema: Reviews and Interviews

This is a celebration and exploration of gay and lesbian films and filmmakers. "Independent Queer Cinema" collects 100 of film critic Kramer's reviews and interviews that celebrate the latest "queer wave" of actors, writers and directors. These are films and filmmakers to be discovered and discussed - from the independent American hit, "Kissing Jessica Stein" and the provocative foreign gem "Come Undone", to tantalising insights from Stephen Fry and Tilda Swinton. "Independent Queer Cinema" is a valuable reference guide as well as an entertaining compilation of Kramer's astute reviews and interviews. There's no shortage of great gay and lesbian films. "Independent Queer Cinema" is a definitive guide to the films and personalities that deserve more attention, more respect and more success, with a special focus on the foreign and low-budget gems that can slip past without a second look. Kramer also talks with filmmakers and actors who aren't afraid to explore gay male sexuality on screen, including queer directors whose films feature mainly straight characters, straight filmmakers who tackle queer subject matter, new queer filmmakers whose work has - so far - had very little theatrical exposure.

More LGBT History at my website: www.elisarolle.com/, My Ramblings/Persistent Voices

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