Martin Mull was born in Chicago in 1943.
Ages two through fifteen (formative supposedly) were spent in a small township in Northern Ohio. The family then moved to the relative sophistication of New Canaan, Connecticut (thirty five years before Letterman did) and after graduating from public high school, Martin spent the next six years at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Arts.
A Masters degree doesnt automatically make one smart and, to prove the point, Martin embarked on a career as a musician/singer/songwriter/comedian. The next fifteen years of performing – virtually every facility that could boast an inadequate sound system – was fueled in part by the release of four albums on Capricorn Records, two for ABC Records and one for Elektra Records.
"Im Everyone I Ever Loved" was nominated for a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording, Steve Martin won. The following year, "Sex and Violins" was nominated for Best Cover Design – another near miss. Sensing an obvious downward trend, Martin set his guitar and alleged "act" aside to pursue a career in television and film.
His acting debut was made as wife beating Garth Gimble on Norman Lears "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman." After Garth met his well-earned demise on the demise on the business end of an aluminum Christmas tree, his twin brother, Barth, surfaced briefly and was spun-off to host "Fernwood 2 Night" and, subsequently, "American 2 Nite". These were half hour talk shows that distinguished themselves from the current log-jam of afternoon TV fare by being intentionally inane.
From there, along with frequent forays into the world of talk shows (hosting the Tonight Show on numerous occasions) games shows, and dramatic shots, Martin starred in two series for CBS; "Domestic Life" and "His and Hers" as well as "The History of White People In American" for Cinemax. The latter, a six part mock-umentary, won the cable TV Ace Award, the Writers Guild of America Award, and was placed by TIME magazine in its "top ten shows of the year" – right alongside the Olympics and PBSs unforgettable "The Story of English."
Two companion books to the aforementioned mini-series, "The History of White People in America" and "A Paler Shade of White," were published by Perigee Books. Both were co-authored by Allen Rucker.
With the exception of a one-year loan out to the "Jackie Thomas Show" Martin spent the following eight years as a regular on the "Roseanne" show where he played Leon Carp, Roseannes gay and dyspeptic boss.
Currently, Martin is a regular on "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" where he plays Willard Kraft, the equally dyspeptic Vice-Principal of high school. In 1978, Martin has appeared in numerous feature films, ranging form the notable to the not so. His credits include starring roles in "Serial," "Rented Lips" and "Clue," and featured roles in such films as "Mr. Mom," "My Bodyguard," "FM" and "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Martin is the proud spokesperson for Red Roof Motor Inns, and this alliance has won a CLIO and other advertising industry awards.
An exhibiting artist, Martins painting have been shown in numerous galleries and museums nationwide. "Painting, Drawing and Words," a collection of essays and reproductions of recent work, was released in June of 1995.
Martin is happily married to Wendy Haas, musician/composer and mother extraordinaire to their twelve-year-old daughter, Maggie. The Mulls reside in Los Angeles.