Orson Bean


Orson Bean, the beloved actor and comedian, passed away on February 7, 2020, at the age of 91. He had a long and successful career, spanning over six decades, and was known for his wit, humor, and charm. In this blog post, we will take a look at his life, career, and family, and remember the legacy he left behind.

Early Life and Career

Orson Bean

Childhood and Education

Orson Bean was born on July 22, 1928, in Burlington, Vermont, as Dallas Frederick Burrows. He grew up in a dysfunctional family and was adopted by a wealthy family in New York City. He attended the Cambridge School in Massachusetts and went on to study at the University of Vermont. However, he dropped out of college and joined the United States Army.

Early Career

After leaving the army, Orson Bean moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting. He started performing in small theaters and clubs and soon landed his first role on Broadway in the play “Men of Distinction.” He went on to appear in several other Broadway productions, including “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” and “Subways Are for Sleeping.”

Television Career

Game Shows

Orson Bean became a household name in the 1950s and 1960s for his work as a game show panelist. He appeared on several popular shows, including “To Tell the Truth,” “I’ve Got a Secret,” and “What’s My Line?” He was known for his quick wit and humor, and his appearances on these shows helped him gain a large following.

TV Shows and Movies

Orson Bean also had a successful career in television and movies. He appeared in several popular shows, including “Desperate Housewives,” “How I Met Your Mother,” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” He also had roles in movies such as “Being John Malkovich” and “Anatomy of a Murder.”

Family Life

Marriage and Children

Orson Bean was married three times and had four children. His first marriage was to actress Jacqueline de Sibour, with whom he had two children. His second marriage was to fashion designer Carolyn Maxwell, with whom he had one child. His third marriage was to actress Alley Mills, whom he remained married to until his death. They did not have any children together.

Ezekiel Bean

Orson Bean’s son Ezekiel Bean is a well-known artist and musician. He is the lead singer of the band “The New Orleans Jazz Vipers” and has released several albums. He is also an accomplished painter and has had several exhibitions of his work.


Orson Bean was a talented actor, comedian, and game show panelist, who had a long and successful career. He will be remembered for his wit, humor, and charm, and the legacy he left behind. His family, friends, and fans will miss him dearly, but his work will continue to entertain and inspire future generations.

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