Orson Bean

Highest Rated: 100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated: 0% Hating Breitbart (2012)
Birthday: Jul 22, 1928
Birthplace: Not Available
"My name is Orson Bean. Harvard '47, Yale Nothing." Actually, that oft-repeated introduction is a double deception: actor Orson Bean didn't go to Harvard, and his name isn't really Orson Bean. As a boy magician, Dallas Frederick Burrows borrowed the first half of his stage name from another prestidigitator of note, Orson Welles. Bean made his legitimate stage bow in 1945, then worked up a nightclub comedy act which premiered in New York at the now-defunct Blue Angel (in 1954, he hosted a summer-replacement TV series emanating from this celebrated nightspot). Landing on Broadway in the 1953 production Men of Distinction, Bean won a Theatre World Award for his work in the 1954 revue John Murray Anderson's Almanac, and Critics' Circle Awards for his performances in Mister Roberts and Say Darling. His later stage credits included Broadway's Subways are for Sleeping (1962) and Never too Late (1964) not to mention his extensive tours in the Neil Simon-Burt Bacharah musical Promises, Promises. In films from 1955, Bean's best-received screen performance was as the testifying army physician in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder (1959). An inescapable presence on TV, Bean has participated in virtually every quiz show known to man, from the familiar (To Tell the Truth, I've Got a Secret) to the obscure (Laugh Line). He was also a regular as the ineffectual Reverend Brim on the Norman Lear syndicated series Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1977) and Forever Fernword (1978), and more recently was seen on a weekly basis as cranky general store owner Loren Bray on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Women (1993- ). Outside of his showbiz activities, Bean has proven a difficult subject to categorize: blacklisted for his outspoken liberal views in the early 1950s, he was an ardent supporter of Richard M. Nixon in 1968. A man of many interests, Orson Bean was the founder of the arts-oriented 15th Street School of New York, the author of the oddball 1971 volume Me and the Orgon, and one of the charter members of The Sons of the Desert, the famed Laurel & Hardy appreciation society.

Highest Rated Movies



51% Equalizer 2 Sam Rubinstein 2018
No Score Yet A Golden Christmas 3 Mr. Cole 2012
0% Hating Breitbart Actor $81.9K 2012
No Score Yet Ashley's Ashes Actor 2010
No Score Yet Safe Harbor Actor 2010
No Score Yet Safe Harbor Judge Roberts 2009
No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Dr. Raff Buddemeyer 2008
No Score Yet Crossroads Father McIlhenny 2006
71% Alien Autopsy Homeless man 2006
No Score Yet The Lather Effect Jonathan Iverson 2006
No Score Yet Soccer Dog: European Cup Actor 2004
No Score Yet Frank McKlusky, C.I. Mr. Gafty 2002
No Score Yet Burning Down the House Sy 2001
No Score Yet The Gristle Mr. Bowen 2001
93% Being John Malkovich Dr. Lester 1999
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie Loren Bray 1999
No Score Yet Instant Karma Doctor Berlin 1990
No Score Yet Final Judgment Monsignor Corelli 1989
82% Innerspace Lydia's Editor 1987
No Score Yet The Movie Maker Arthur Fitzgerald 1986
67% The Return of the King Frodo Baggins 1980
69% The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins 1978
No Score Yet Skateboard Himself 1977
No Score Yet Lola (Twinky) Hal 1972
No Score Yet The Star Wagon Actor 1967
100% Anatomy of a Murder Dr. Smith 1959
No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt Actor 1957
No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Toby 1955


64% The Guest Book
  • 2017
87% Modern Family
  • 2016
66% Desperate Housewives
Ray Bender Roy Bender Roy
  • 2012
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No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
  • 2011
69% The Women's Murder Club
Harold Grant
  • 2007
83% How I Met Your Mother
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63% Two and a Half Men
  • 2005
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No Score Yet Cold Case
George Sealey
  • 2004
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No Score Yet Becker
Mr. Bennett
  • 2002
61% Ally McBeal
Marty Brigg
  • 2000
No Score Yet Normal, Ohio
  • 2000
No Score Yet The King of Queens
Carl Nash
  • 2000
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No Score Yet Will & Grace
Professor Dudley
  • 2000
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No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Loren Loren Bray
  • 1998
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No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Ebenezer McEnery
  • 1989
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No Score Yet The Facts of Life
Oliver Thompson Warren Thompson
  • 1987
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  • 1982
80% The Twilight Zone
James B.W. Bevis
  • 1960
No Score Yet Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
Rev. Brim


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