Orson Bean

Orson Bean

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Lowest Rated: 51% The Equalizer 2 (2018)

Birthday: Jul 22, 1928

Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, USA

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).Bean's feature film credits are few, the highlights being turns as Dr. Smith in Otto Preminger's "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959) and Lydia's editor in "Innerspace" (1987). He seemingly vanished during much of the 70s and 80s when by his own account he dropped out, moved to Australia and experimented with everything from group sex to dropping acid. He popped up as a regular on "Fernwood Tonight" (syndicated, 1997), the successor to "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and provided the voice of Bilbo Baggins for the NBC animated special "The Hobbit" (1977). In 1993, he captured the plum role of frontier storekeeper Loren Bray in the popular CBS Western series "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," remaining with the show for its entire five-year run. Bean's first love remains the theater, and he and his third wife Alley Mills are partners in the L.A. Drama Critics Award-winning Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble of Venice, CA. Orson Bean died in his adopted hometown of Venice on February 7, 2020, when he was struck by two vehicles while walking near the Pacific Resident Theatre. He was 91.

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
51% 61% The Equalizer 2 Sam Rubinstein (Character) $102M 2018
No Score Yet 37% A Golden Christmas 3 Mr. Cole (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two-Legged Rat Bastards Eddie (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes Dan (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Raff Buddemeyer (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Game of Life Dennis (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 33% The Novice Father McIlhenny (Character) - 2006
75% 50% Alien Autopsy Homeless Man (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cacophony Ferruccio (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet 29% Soccer Dog: European Cup Mayor Milton Gallagher (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Knee High P.I. Macintyre (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 31% Frank McKlusky, C.I. Mr. Gafty (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Down the House Sy (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 75% The Gristle Mr. Bowen (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 40% Unbowed Purdy (Character) - 1999
93% 87% Being John Malkovich Dr. Lester (Character) $22.9M 1999
No Score Yet 62% Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie Loren Bray (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Judgement Monsignor Corelli (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Instant Karma Dr. Berlin (Character) $12K 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Dreaming Arthur Fitzgerald (Character) - 1990
82% 65% Innerspace Lydia's Editor (Character) $25.9M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Mr. Roper (Character) - 1982
67% 38% The Return of the King Frodo Baggins/Bilbo Baggins (Voice) - 1980
69% 65% The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Voice) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Spy Who Returned From the Dead Bob (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Hank / Sir Boss (Voice) - 1970
No Score Yet 5% Lola Hal (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Dr. William Sawyer (Character) - 1959
100% 90% Anatomy of a Murder Dr. Matthew Smith (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt Unknown (Character) - 1957

TV

Credit
91% 79% Superstore Dr. Fogler (Guest Star) 2018
64% 87% The Guest Book Edgar (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold and the Beautiful Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
85% 87% Modern Family Marty (Guest Star) 2016
72% 89% Desperate Housewives Unknown (Guest Star) 2010-2012
No Score Yet 78% Hot in Cleveland Dan (Guest Star) 2011
83% 83% How I Met Your Mother Bob (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Women's Murder Club Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
82% 81% The Closer Donald Baxter (Guest Star) 2007
65% 66% Two and a Half Men Norman (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Patient (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
16% No Score Yet Normal, Ohio Bill Gamble (Character) 2000
No Score Yet 87% Will & Grace Professor Joseph Dudley (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 83% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thanks Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Quinn Loren Bray (Character) 1993-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Guest 1991 1974-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Monsters Unknown (Character) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Oliver Thompson (Guest Star) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Unknown (Guest Star),
Guest
1984-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974-1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972 1966-1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Show Guest 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1966
82% 95% The Twilight Zone James B.W. Bevis (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Lester (Character) 1954

QUOTES FROM Orson Bean CHARACTERS

No quotes approved yet.