John C. Mula, Art Director on 'Barney Miller' and 'Charles in Charge,' Dies at 75

Courtesy of Joanna Robbins
John C. Mula

He won an Emmy for his work on Jim Henson's 'Dinosaurs' and was a veteran of game shows.

John C. Mula, an Emmy-winning art director and production designer who worked on such series as Barney Miller, Charles in Charge and Boy Meets World, has died. He was 75.

Mula died Sunday following a short illness in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his daughter, Joanna Robbins, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Mula won his Emmy in 1991 for his art direction on Jim Henson's Dinosaurs, an ABC comedy about a family of anthropomorphic creatures.

His resume also included the shows Too Close for Comfort, My Two Dads, The Torkelsons, Small Wonder, Teen Angel, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The New WKRP in Cincinnati.

Mula worked on the cop show Barney Miller, starring Hal Linden, from 1975-80 on the first six seasons of the ABC sitcom and then on Charles in Charge, starring Scott Baio, during its five-season run on CBS and in first-run syndication from 1984-90.

A native of Brooklyn who was born on New Year's Eve in 1942, Mula began his career in Hollywood in 1972 on The Joker's Wild. He also was behind the scenes on other game shows like Family Feud, Liar's Club, Win, Lose or Draw, Tic Tac Dough, Break the Bank and Face the Music.

Survivors include his husband, Sergio; daughters Joanna and Jodi; grandchildren Benjamin, Ashley, Bailey, Hunter and Hailey; and nieces Margie, Lisa, Celeste and Janelle.