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Martin Mull: Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Arrested Development star has died at the age of 80

Martin Mull: Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Arrested Development star has died at the age of 80

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Comment on the photo, Mull has had numerous guest starring roles, including the Emmy-nominated Veep.

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American actor and comedian Martin Mull, known for his work on the TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Roseanne, has died at the age of 80.

Moll, who starred in the 1985 comedy “Clue,” died Thursday at his home after a “courageous fight against a long illness,” his daughter, Maggie Moll, said on social media.

In a tribute on Instagram, Ms. Moll wrote that her father “was known for excelling in every creative field imaginable, including doing commercials for Red Roof Inn.”

“He’ll find that joke funny,” she added. “It was never funny.”

Moll’s first notable role was in 1976, playing Garth Gimple in the satirical television series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, which led to two additional episodic roles, including in the series Fernwood 2 Night.

He then landed the role of army officer Colonel Mustard in the black comedy film Clue, inspired by the board game of the same name.

Around that time, he also began voicing the Red Roof Inn ads that his daughter mentioned in her tribute.

1990s TV fans will recognize Moll from his work on Roseanne, where he played main character Leon Carp’s boss, or Sabrina the Teenage Witch, where he played school principal Willard Kraft.

He has guest starred on many other popular TV shows, including The Simpsons, Family Guy, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, The Golden Girls, and Two and a Half Men.

Moll was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his four-episode appearance on the HBO political satire series Veep in 2016.

Born in Chicago to an actor and a carpenter, Moll began his career in show business as a songwriter and became known as a musical comedian. He opened for Frank Zappa and Bruce Springsteen at numerous live concerts in the early 1970s.

He also studied painting and graduated in 1965 from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

In a 2013 interview with the AV Club, he said of his acting career: “Every painter I know has a day job. “They either teach art at a college or drive a taxi.”

“I was lucky enough to have a day job that was very unusual, very fun, and bought a lot of paint,” he said.

In addition to his daughter Maggie, a television writer, he leaves behind his wife Wendy Haas, an actress and composer, whom he married in 1982.