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Martin Mull, actor of ‘Clue’ and ‘Arrested Development’, dies at 80

Martin Mull, actor of ‘Clue’ and ‘Arrested Development’, dies at 80

Martin Mull, the comedian, musician and actor who played Colonel Mustard in the 1985 film “Clue” and had memorable guest roles on such TV comedies as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Arrested Development,” died Thursday at his home. He was 80.

His daughter, Maggie Mull, confirmed the news in a social media post, saying he had died after a long illness.

Known for his musical comedy and his paintings, Mr. Mull initially gained popularity as an actor in the 1970s with roles in the television series “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman” and its spinoff “Fernwood 2 Night.” He was known for his role as Principal Willard Kraft on the 1990s sitcom “Sabrina,” the disguise-addicted Detective Gene Parmesan on “Arrested Development” and for a long-running role on “Roseanne,” originally as the title character’s boss.

“I am heartbroken to share that my father passed away at home on June 27 after a brave battle with a long illness,” Mr Mull’s daughter said in an Instagram post on Friday evening.

“He was known for excelling in every creative discipline imaginable, including his role in Red Roof Inn commercials. He thought that joke was funny. He was never not funny,” she wrote.

Mr. Mull was known for his “dry, humorless delivery and a bland, very conservative-looking attitude, which masked a sly, witty and ultra-hip philosophy,” according to his IMDb biography.

Before his film career, he was also the practice squad kicker for the Cleveland Browns, according to the film website.

Mr Mull is survived by his wife Wendy and daughter Maggie.

“My father will be deeply missed by his wife and daughter, by his friends and colleagues, by fellow artists, comedians and musicians, and – the sign of a truly exceptional person – by many, many dogs. I loved him so much,” Maggie Mull said in her Instagram post.