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      Orson Bean

      Orson Bean

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

      Lowest Rated: 52% 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.

      Highest rated movies

      Anatomy of a Murder Being John Malkovich
      Innerspace
      Alien Autopsy
      The Equalizer 2

      Photos

      Alley Mills, Orson Bean at arrivals for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL 25th Silver Anniversary Party, 448 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA March 10, 2012. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection ANATOMY OF A MURDER, from left, Orson Bean, James Stewart, 1959 ALIEN AUTOPSY, Ant McPartlin, Orson Bean, Declan Donnelly, 2006. ©Warner Bros. ALIEN AUTOPSY, Orson Bean, Declan Donnelly, Ant McPartlin, 2006. ©Warner Bros. ALIEN AUTOPSY, Orson Bean, 2006. ©Warner Bros. HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, from left: Orson Bean, Sheree North, Fred Clark, 1955. ©20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, TM & Copyright, HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, Orson Bean, 1955, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, Orson Bean, Sheree North, 1955, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, Betty Grable, Sheree North, Orson Bean, Bob Cummings, 1955, TM and copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved . BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, Orson Bean, Cameron Diaz, 1999, group portrait with monkey HOW TO BE VERY, VERY POPULAR, Orson Bean, Sheree North, Tommy Noonan, 1955 TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      52% 61% The Equalizer 2 Sam Rubinstein (Character) $102.0M 2018
      No Score Yet 35% 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 Game of Life Dennis (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe Raff Buddemeyer (Character) - 2007
      75% 50% Alien Autopsy Homeless Man (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 43% The Novice Father McIlhenny (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 28% Soccer Dog: European Cup Mayor Milton Gallagher (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cacophony Ferruccio (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Knee High P.I. Macintyre (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 32% 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
      94% 87% Being John Malkovich Dr. Lester (Character) $22.9M 1999
      No Score Yet 50% Unbowed Purdy (Character) - 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 Hollywood Dreaming Arthur Fitzgerald (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Instant Karma Dr. Berlin (Character) $12.0K 1990
      82% 65% Innerspace Lydia's Editor (Character) $25.9M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Mr. Roper (Character) - 1982
      67% 39% The Return of the King Frodo Baggins/Bilbo Baggins (Voice) - 1980
      71% 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 9% Lola Hal (Character) - 1969
      100% 91% Anatomy of a Murder Dr. Matthew Smith (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Miracle on 34th Street Dr. William Sawyer (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Playhouse 90 - Charley's Aunt Unknown (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet How to Be Very, Very Popular Toby Marshall (Character) - 1955

      TV

      Credit
      93% 81% Superstore Dr. Fogler (Guest Star) 2018
      64% 89% The Guest Book Edgar (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bold And The Beautiful, The Beginning Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      85% 90% Modern Family Marty (Guest Star) 2016
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Roy Bender (Guest Star) 2010-2012
      No Score Yet 89% Hot in Cleveland Dan (Guest Star) 2011
      84% 85% How I Met Your Mother Bob (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women's Murder Club Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      83% 85% The Closer Donald Baxter (Guest Star) 2007
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Norman (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 7th Heaven Patient (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      16% No Score Yet Normal, Ohio Bill Gamble (Character) 2000
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Professor Joseph Dudley (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      61% 74% 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 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 Match Game Self 1976-1977 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1974-1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1966-1967 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Vacation Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1964
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone James B.W. Bevis (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Lester (Character) 1954