Orson Bean

Actor, Comedian, TV panelist
Instantly recognizable by his crewcut, Ivy League manner and dryly rendered New England accent, the wickedly funny Orson Bean was a fixture of early TV as a panelist ("I've Got a Secret" and later "To Tell the Truth," ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1928 in Burlington, Vermont, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Another Period 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Modern Family 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yesterday's Dreams 2015 (Movie)

Tony Vicedomini (Actor)

Crossroads 2014 (Movie)

Father McIlhenny (Actor)

Mistresses 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2009 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hating Breitbart 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sarah Silverman Program 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Safe Harbor 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Raff Buddemeyer (Actor)

How I Met Your Mother 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women's Murder Club 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alien Autopsy 2006 (Movie)

Homeless man (Actor)

Commander in Chief 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1992 - 1998, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986, 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The King of Queens 1992 - 2000, 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knee High P.I. 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Becker 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frank McKlusky, C.I. 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kevin Bacon: Am I Me? 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gristle 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Salute to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Lester (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Jane Seymour 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

UnBowed 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Forty Deuce 1996 (Movie)

Mr Roper (Actor)

Instant Karma 1990 (Movie)

Doctor Berlin (Actor)

Innerspace 1987 (Movie)

Lydia's Editor (Actor)

NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Smart Alec 1985 (Movie)

Arthur Fitzgerald (Actor)

The Melting Pot 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Fernwood 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

To Tell the Truth 1969 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Skateboard 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Twinky 1969 (Movie)

Hal (Actor)

I've Got a Secret 1951 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle on 34th Street 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of a Murder 1959 (Movie)

Dr Smith (Actor)

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Be Very, Very Popular 1955 (Movie)

Toby (Actor)

Chance of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Garfield in the Rough (TV Show)

Voice

Just My Imagination (TV Show)

Actor

Keep Talking (TV Show)

Actor

The Hobbit (TV Show)

Voice

To Tell the Truth (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Instantly recognizable by his crewcut, Ivy League manner and dryly rendered New England accent, the wickedly funny Orson Bean was a fixture of early TV as a panelist ("I've Got a Secret" and later "To Tell the Truth," both CBS), raconteur ("The Tonight Show" NBC, with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson) and actor ("Playhouse 90," "Studio One," both CBS; and "The Kraft Television Theater" NBC). After a troubled childhood that included his mother's suicide when he was 16, he made his show business debut as a stand-up comic in NYC but was soon making inroads in his first love, theater, appearing in the musical revue "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and later acting in such Broadway productions as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1955), "Mr. Roberts" (1956) "Nature's Way" (1957) and the musical "Subways Are For Sleeping" (1961).

Relationships

George F Burrows

Father

Michelle Bean

Daughter
from first marriage to Jacqueline de Sibour

Susannah Bean

Daughter
mother, Carolyn Maxwell

Ezekiel Bean

Son
mother, Carolyn Maxwell

Max Bean

Son
mother, Carolyn Maxwell

Marian Burrows

Mother
committed suicide c. 1944

Carolyn Maxwell

Wife
married on October 3, 1965 divorced in 1979

Alley Mills

Wife
married on April 18, 1993 played the strikingly blonde mom on "The Wonder Years" she and Bean are partners in the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble of Venice, California

Jacqueline Sibour

Wife
married on July 2, 1956 divorced in 1962

EDUCATION

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge , Massachusetts
attended

Milestones

2001

Played Ben Franklin in the L.A. Reprise! production of "1776"

2000

Returned to series TV as co-star of "Normal, Ohio", a fall Fox sitcom starring John Goodman

1999

Co-starred in "Being John Malkovich"

1998

Wrapped "Unbowed", acting in this project funded, in part, by a California state grant, under a provision of the Federal Job Training Partnership Act; Filmanthropic production company founded to provide on-the-job training to Hollywood's minorities, women

1997

Directed a Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble production of "The Quick-Change Room" at the Intar Theater (NYC's Theater Row); starred wife Alley Mills

1987

Played Lydia's editor in "Innerspace"

1984

Provided the voice of Billy Rabbit for CBS animated special "Garfield in the Rough"

1978

Received Grammy nomination (with John Huston and Hans Conreid), best recording for children, for NBC's animated special "The Hobbit"; Bean was the voice of Bilbo Baggins

1962

Received Tony nomination as Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical for "Subways Are for Sleeping"

1960

Acted title role of "Mr Bevis", an eccentric young man loved by everyone and watched over by a guardian angel in a celebrated episode of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS)

1959

Played Dr Smith in "Anatomy of a Murder"

1959

Regular on Merv Griffin-hosted version of "Keep Talking" (ABC)

1957

Appeared in "Playhouse 90" production of "Charley's Aunt"

1956

Returned to Broadway as Ensign Pulver in "Mr Roberts"

1955

Acted in star-studded "The Best of Broadway" (CBS) presentation of "Arsenic and Old Lace", with Helen Hayes, Billie Burke, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Edward Everet Horton; played Mortimer Brewster

1955

Feature debut, "How to Be Very, Very Popular"

1955

Starred on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"

1954

Hosted clever variety show, "The Blue Angel" (CBS), a summer replacement for "See It Now"

1953

New York stage debut, "Men of Distinction"

1952

Was a panelist on CBS' "I've Got a Secret"

Appeared as panelist on the syndicated revival of "To Tell the Truth"

Made show business debut as stand-up comic in NYC

Left home at age 16 after his mother's suicide

Had regular role of the folksy frontier storekeeper Loren Bray in "Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman" (CBS)

Raised in Parkinsville, Vermont followed by stint in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Was a regular panelist on "To Tell the Truth" (CBS)

Portrayed Reverend Brim in last season of the syndicated soap spoof "Forever Fernwood", a revamp of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"

Bonus Trivia

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Bean has starred in Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble productions of such plays as "The Playboy of the Western World" and "A Christmas Carol", which he adapted for the stage.

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