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Orson Bean

Highest Rated:   100% Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Lowest Rated:   0% Hating Breitbart (2012)
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"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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
81% Innerspace
  • Lydia's Editor
1987
No Score Yet The Movie Maker
  • Arthur Fitzgerald
1986
67% The Return of the King
  • Frodo Baggins
1980
67% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
64% The Guest Book
2017
  • Edgar
  • 2017
86% Modern Family
2009
  • Marty
  • 2016
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Ray Bender Roy Bender Roy
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
  • Dan
  • 2011
No Score Yet How I Met Your Mother
2005-2014
  • Bob
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Norman
  • 2005
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • George Sealey
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Professor Dudley
  • 2002
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Marty Brigg
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Oliver Thompson Warren Thompson
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • James B.W. Bevis
  • 1960

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