Bean, Orson 1928–

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BEAN, Orson 1928–


Original name, Dallas Frederick Burrows; born July 22, 1928, in Burlington, VT; son of George F. (chief of campus police at Harvard University) and Marian Ainsworth (maiden name, Pollard) Burrows; married Jacqueline de Sibour (an actress; stage name, Rain Winslow), July 2, 1956 (divorced, 1962); married Carolyn Maxwell (a custom–order fashion designer), October 3, 1965 (divorced, 1979); married Alley Mills (an actress), April 18, 1993; children: (first marriage) Michelle; (second marriage) Max, Ezekiel, Susannah. Education: Attended Cambridge Latin School.

Addresses: Agent—Stone Manners Agency, 8436 West Third St., Suite 740, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Career: Actor, comedian, and director. Appeared in television commercials for Eagle Talon and Pepperidge Farm; founder and administrative director, 15th Street School, NY; partner in Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, Venice, CA; appeared in cabaret at the Blue Angel nightclub, 1952; Sons of the Desert, founding member. Military service: U.S. Army, 1946–47.

Member: Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Awards, Honors: Theatre World Award, 1953–54; Antoinette Perry Award nomination, best supporting or featured actor in a musical, 1962, for Subways Are for Sleeping; Grammy Award nomination (with John Huston and Hans Conreid), best recording for children, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, 1978, for The Hobbit; Screen Actors Guild Award nomination (with others), outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture, 2000, for Being John Malkovich.


Stage Appearances:

(Debut) The Spider, Cambridge Summer Theatre, MA, 1945.

Goodbye Again, 1948.

(New York debut) Edgar Grasthal, Men of Distinction, 48th Street Theatre, 1953.

Careless, The School for Scandal, Theatre de Lys, New York City, 1953.

John Murray Anderson's Almanac Review, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1953.

Josephine, 1953.

The Scarecrow, 1953.

Men of Distinction, 1953.

George MacCauley, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1955.

Ensign Pulver, Mr. Roberts, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1956.

Billy Turk, Nature's Way, Coronet Theatre, NY, 1957.

Jack Jordan, Say Darling, City Center Theatre, 1959.

Charlie Smith, Subways Are for Sleeping, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1961.

Charlie, Never Too Late, Playhouse Theatre, NY, 1962.

Rather Shenanigan, Home Movies, Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1964.

Arthur, Warm Heart, Cold Feet, 1964.

Tom Considine, I Was Dancing, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1964.

Cocky, The Roar of the Grease Paint, the Smell of the Crowd, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1965.

Homer Thrace, Ilya Darling, Mark Hellinger Theatre, New York City, 1967.

A Round with Ring Revue, Theatre de Lys, 1969.

Joe, I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Joseph Papp Public Theatre/Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1978–1981.

Make Someone Happy, St. Regis Hotel, NY, 1980.

John Caroon, Rockaway, Vineyard Theatre, New York City, 1982.

Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Perry Street Theatre, New York City, 1982–1983.

Title roles, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Apple Corps Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Ben Franklin, 1776, Freud Playhouse, L.A. Reprise!, Los Angeles, 2001.

Professor Serebyakov, Uncle Vanya, Classic Theatre Lab, New York City, then MET Theatre, Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles, 2002.

Also appeared in The Playboy of the Western World.

Major Tours:

Sonny Dorrance, Josephine, U.S. cities, 1953.

Chuck Baxter, Promises, Promises, Australian cities, 1970–1971.

Stage Director:

The Quick–Change Room, Intar Theater, Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble, 1978.

Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Toby Marshall, How to Be Very, Very Popular, 1955.

Llewelyn Throckmorton III, Showdown at Ulcer Gulch, 1956.

Dr. Matthew Smith, Anatomy of a Murder, Columbia, 1959.

Hal, Lola (also known as Twinky, The London Affair, and Statutory Affair), 1969.

Himself, Skateboard (also known as Skateboard: The Movie), 1978.

Mr. Roper, Forty Deuce, 1982.

Arthur Fitzgerald, Smart Alec (also known as Hollywood Dreaming and The Movie Maker), 1986.

Lydia's editor, Innerspace, Warner Bros., 1987.

Doctor Berlin, Instant Karma, Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer/United Artists, 1990.

(Uncredited; in archive footage) Himself (game show panelist), Jacob's Ladder, TriStar, 1990.

Monsignor Corelli, Final Judgment, 1992.

Neighbor, One of Those Nights, 1997.

Dr. Lester, Being John Malkovich, USA Films, 1999.

Purdy, Unbowed, 1999.

Burning Down the House (also known as Medicine Show), 2001.

The Gristle, 2001.

Mr. Gafty, Frank McKlusky, C.I., Buena Vista, 2002.

Stanley, Myron's Movie, 2004.

The mayor, Soccer Dog: European Cup, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Panelist, I've Got a Secret, CBS, 1952.

Host, The Blue Angel, CBS, 1954.

Laugh Line, 1959.

Pantomime Quiz, CBS, 1959–1960.

Keep Talking, CBS, 1959–1960.

Panelist, To Tell the Truth, CBS, 1964–1978.

Guest panelist, Match Game, 1973.

Match Game PM, 1975.

Reverend Brim, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (also known as Forever Fernwood), syndicated, 1977–1978.

Host, The Melting Pot, 1978.

Narrator, Reading Rainbow, 1983.

Guest panelist, To Tell the Truth, NBC, 1990.

Loren Bray, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993–1998.

William "Bill" Gamble, Sr., Normal, Ohio, Fox, 2000.

Also appeared in One Life to Live, ABC.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Fred, Chance of a Lifetime, 1991.

Jeremy Sticher, Just My Imagination (also known as The Girl in the Song Title), NBC, 1992.

Loren Bray, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie, CBS, 1999.

Macintyre, Knee High P.I., 2003.

Voice of John Forsythe as Charlie, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels, NBC, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Man in the Dog Suit, NBC, 1960.

Dr. Sawyer, Miracle on 34th Street, NBC, 1960.

Ghostbreaker, NBC, 1967.

Voice of Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit (animated), ABC, 1977.

Voices of Frodo Baggins and Bilbo Baggins, The Return of the King (animated), 1980.

Voice of Billy Rabbit, Garfield in the Rough (animated), CBS, 1984.

Father Sean, NBC Presents the AFI Comedy Special, NBC, 1987.

A Salute to Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, CBS, 1998.

Narrator, Intimate Portrait: Jane Seymour, Lifetime, 1998.

Kevin Back: Am I Me? (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 2002.

Also appeared as host, New Year's in New York; host, The Golden Age of Movie Serials; host, The Bean Show.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Three Men on a Horse," Broadway Television Theater, syndicated, 1952.

"Nothing But the Truth," Broadway Television Theater, syndicated, 1952.

Himself, Toast of the Town, 1952, 1954.

"The Square Peg," Studio One, CBS, 1952.

"It Happened in Paris," Robert Montgomery Presents, NBC, 1954.

Joey, "Joey," Studio One, CBS, 1954.

Lester, "Good for You," The United States Steel Hour, 1954.

Eddie West, "The Fifth Wheel," The United States Steel Hour, ABC, 1954.

Mortimer Brewster, "Arsenic and Old Lace," Best of Broadway, CBS, 1955.

The Ed Sullivan Show, 1955.

Arthur, "San Francisco Fracas," Elgin Hour, ABC, 1955.

Charlie Digger, "A Christmas Surprise," Studio One, CBS, 1956.

"The Best Year in the Whole History of the World," Omnibus, 1956.

"A Traveler from Brussels," Kraft Theater Theatre, NBC, 1957.

Jack Chesney, "Charley's Aunt," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1957.

"Bilko's Insurance Company," Phil Silvers Show, CBS, 1958.

Newman Johnson, "The Newman Johnson Story," The Millionaire, CBS, 1958.

James B. W. Bevis, "Mr. Bevis," Twilight Zone, CBS, 1960.

"Once around the Block," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1960.

"Two by Saroyan," The Play of the Week, 1960.

"New York Scrapbook," The Play of the Week, 1961.

John Monroe, "The Secret Life of James Thurber," June Allyson Show (also known as The DuPont Show with June Allyson), CBS, 1961.

Arnold Platt, "To Walk Like a Lion," Naked City, ABC, 1962.

Panelist, Password, 1962.

"Don't Shake the Family Tree," The United States Steel Hour, CBS, 1963.

Guest performer, Hootenanny, 1964.

Guest panelist, What's My Line?, 1965, 1966.

"The Star Wagon," NET Playhouse, 1967.

"Love and the Teacher," Love, American Style, ABC, 1970.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1991.

Warren Wright, "The Adventure of the Chinese Dog," Ellery Queen, NBC, 1975.

Artie D'Angelo, "Heads or Tails/The Little People/Mona of the Movies," Love Boat, ABC, 1978.

Jason Klemer, "October the 31st," Fall Guy, ABC, 1984.

Ebeneezer McEnery, "Keep the Home Fries Burning," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1986.

Oliver Thompson, "Fast Food," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1986.

"Love and the Beagles," New Love, American Style, ABC, 1986.

Voice of himself, "The Runaway Duck," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1987.

Oliver Thompson, "Cupid's Revenge," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1987.

Oliver Thompson, "Ex Marks the Spot," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1987.

Ebeneezer McEnery, "Town Father," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Hubbard, "The Offering," Monsters, 1990.

Voice of Geppetto, "Fairy Tales for the 90's," Tiny Toon Adventures (animated), 1990.

Lewis Sweeney, "Obsession: Part 1," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1998.

Himself, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1," Ellen, ABC, 1998.

Burnaby Fitzhugh, "Spring," Thanks, CBS, 1999.

Marty Brigg, "In Search of the Pygmies," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000.

Carl Tepper, "Surprise Artie," The King of Queens, CBS, 2000.

Archbishop Phillips, "Possession Is Nine Tenths of the Law," Family Law, CBS, 2000.

Professor Dudley, "There But For the Grace of Grace," Will & Grace, NBC, 2000.

Mr. Bennett, "Piece Talks," Becker, 2002.

Fake "Andrew Hampton,""Life and Death: Parts 1 & 2," 7th Heaven, The WB, 2003.

Also appeared in Philco Playhouse; Celebrity Time; Nothing But the Truth; The Arthur Murray Show; The Mel Torme Show; Steve Allen Show; Jack Parr Show; Laugh Line.


Comedy Albums:

Recorded I Ate the Baloney.



Me and the Orgone: One Man's Sexual Revolution, St. Martin's, 1971.

Too Much Is Not Enough (autobiography), Carol Publishing, 1988.

25 Ways to Cook a Mouse: Whisker–Licking Recipes for Your Gourmet Cat, Carol Publishing, 1993.

Stage Plays:

Adapted A Christmas Carol, produced at Perry Street Theatre, New York City.



People Weekly, February 22, 1993.

Variety, December 21, 1992.