Born on February 9, 1955 in Casper,
Wyoming, Jim was raised in Odessa Texas and graduated from
Permian High School. He is an actor, comedian of stage, television
and motion pictures. Bullock is best known for Spaceballs, Ron and
Laura Take Back America, ALF and Too Close for Comfort.
In 1985, while Too Close For
Comfort was being retooled as The Ted Knight Show,
Bullock learned that he was HIV positive. He made his diagnosis
public 11 years later.
After ALF went off the air in 1990,
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.
In 1996, Bullock's partner of six years, John Casey, died from
AIDS-related complications. Bullock is a longtime survivor of the
virus and, as of 2018, was still healthy due in part to
On February 17, 1999, Bullock was arrested outside a bar in West
Hollywood, California, for possession of crystal meth, and was
sentenced to probation.
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
As of 2004 he was living in Rancho