Martin Mull, Actor Known for 'Clue,' 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' Dies at 80

Martin Mull, an acclaimed actor known for his roles in various TV shows and films, passed away at the age of 80. His daughter, Maggie Mull, confirmed the news on her Instagram account on Friday night, expressing her profound grief over the loss of her father.

A Versatile Performer

Mull made his television debut in 1976, appearing in the comedic soap opera "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." Over the course of his extensive career, he went on to showcase his talent in a wide range of sitcoms, including "Taxi," "The Golden Girls," "Two and a Half Men," and "The Cool Kids." Millennials may best recognize him as the nosy principal, Willard Kraft, from the hit series "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," in which he appeared in over 70 episodes.

In the film industry, Mull was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Colonel Mustard in the cult classic comedy "Clue" from 1985. He also had memorable roles in movies like "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Jingle All the Way," and "101 Dalmatians."

Accolades and Versatility

Mull's acting prowess was recognized by the industry, as he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor for his role in the political comedy series "Veep." Beyond his acting career, Mull was also an accomplished musician, having released several albums in the 1970s and even penning the popular country song "A Girl Named Johnny Cash."

"He was never not funny. My dad will be deeply missed by his wife and daughter, by his friends and coworkers, by fellow artists and comedians and musicians, and — the sign of a truly exceptional person — by many, many dogs."

In a touching tribute, Mull's former co-star from "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," Melissa Joan Hart, shared a photo of the two of them together, expressing her heartfelt condolences and fondly recalling Mull's advice about always accepting work in the entertainment industry.

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Martin Mull in "The Cool Kids" (2018)

Mull's versatility as an artist was truly remarkable, as he excelled not only in acting but also in music and visual arts, publishing books of his own paintings. His daughter, Maggie, lovingly described him as a man who was "known for sobering in all the imagined creative disciplines" and someone who will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the entertainment industry as a whole.

Martin Mull's impressive body of work and his ability to captivate audiences with his comedic talent will undoubtedly cement his legacy as a beloved and respected figure in the entertainment world. His passing is a significant loss, but his fans and colleagues will undoubtedly cherish the memories of his remarkable performances and the laughter he brought to so many.

Martin Mull in Clue

As the entertainment industry mourns the loss of this multitalented artist, Martin Mull's legacy will continue to inspire and entertain audiences for years to come.