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08 February 2020 18:43

Orson Bean

Orson Bean, the free-spirited television, stage and film comedian who stepped out of his storybook life to found a progressive school, move to Australia, give away his possessions and wander around a turbulent America in the 1970s as a late-blooming hippie, was killed in a traffic accident on Friday in Venice, Calif. His death was confirmed on Saturday by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, which said it was investigating his death as a vehicle accident. Mr. Bean was struck and killed by a car on Friday while crossing the street, Capt. Brian Wendling of the Los Angeles Police Department was quoted as telling reporters. He popped up on all the networks as an ad-libbing game-show panelist (a mainstay on "To Tell the Truth"), a frequent guest of Jack Paar and Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," a regular on drama anthology shows and, in 1954, the host of his own CBS variety show, "The Blue Angel." He also starred on and off Broadway, made Hollywood films, founded a society of Laurel and Hardy aficionados, amassed a fortune and was blacklisted briefly as a suspected Communist.

Bean, 91, who starred in Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman and Desperate Housewives, died on Friday night after collision in Venice Orson Bean, the witty actor and comedian, was hit and killed by a car in Los Angeles, authorities said. The Los Angeles county coroner's office confirmed Bean's Friday night death, saying it was being investigated as a "traffic-related" fatality. The coroner's office provided the location where Bean was found, which matched reports from local news outlets. A man was walking in the Venice neighborhood when he was clipped by a vehicle and fell, Los Angeles police department Brian Wendling initially told local stations. Police were investigating and didn't identify the pedestrian to local outlets, which named Bean based on eyewitness accounts.

Bean enlivened such TV game shows as To Tell the Truth and played a crotchety merchant on Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1928 as Dallas Frederick Burrows, he never lost the Yankee accent that proved a perfect complement to the dry, laconic storytelling that established him as popular humorist. Bean's quick wit and warm personality made him a favorite panelist for six years on To Tell the Truth. The game required the panelists to quiz three contestants to figure out which one was a real notable and which two were impostors. The dramatic outcome inspired a national catchphrase as the host turned to the three and said: "Will the real (notable's name) please stand up?" Bean's style appealed to both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson, and he appeared on The Tonight Show more than 200 times.

"Basically I was blacklisted because I had a cute communist girlfriend,"he said in a 2001 interview. Breitbart died in 2012 and Steve Bannon, later a top adviser to Donald Trump, took over Breitbart's eponymous website, for which Bean had penned occasional columns. VETERAN actor Orson Bean has died aged 91 after being struck by a car while crossing the street in Los Angeles. The Desperate Housewives star, who also appeared in Being John Malkovich, is believed to have died at the scene on Friday night. 6 Actor Orson Bean has died aged 91 after being struck by a car Credit: Getty Images According to TMZ, the actor was allegedly jaywalking in the beach side community of Venice when he was clipped by one vehicle and then struck by another.

Both vehicles are reported to have remained on the scene and TMZ claims police are investigating to see if any charges will be laid. Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling told ABC News: "The car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him and he went down. 6 Orson played Roy Bender in the hit series Desperate Housewives Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6 Orson starred on the ABC show from 2009-2012 Credit: Getty Images - Getty 6 Police are investigating to see if any charges will be laid Credit: Alamy Live News Orson is survived by his wife of 27 years Alley Mills, and their four children - Susannah, Ezekiel, Michele and Max. 6 A silver car was pictured being taken away from the scene Credit: Alamy Live News 6 Orson is survived by his wife of 27 years Alley Mills Credit: Getty Images Orson played Roy Bender in the hit series Desperate Housewives from 2009-2012. He also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was a frequent contestant on To Tell The Truth and Match Game. Orson recently appeared in the Denzel Washington film The Equalizer 2, as well as Netflix series Grace and Frankie. The actor also made guest appearances in Murder She Wrote, Alley McBeal and Will & Grace. Email us at [email protected] or call 212 416 4552. The American actor and comedian Orson Bean has died after being hit by a car in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office said Bean's death is being investigated as a "traffic-related" fatality after an incident in the Venice area of the city. According to early reports, a man walking in the area was clipped by one car and fell, before being struck by a second vehicle. Rest well and in peace, Orson Bean. Among other notable appearances, he starred in the Twilight Zone episode, 'Mr. Bevis.' Bean was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street in Venice, California this evening. Bean enlivened such TV game shows as To Tell the Truth, and was a familiar face on TV screens across the world as a crotchety merchant on Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. He appeared in a number of films — notably, Anatomy Of A Murder and Being John Malkovich – and starred in several top Broadway productions, receiving a Tony nod for the 1962 Comden-Green musical Subways Are for Sleeping. "Mr Bean's face comes wrapped with a sly grin, somewhat like the expression of a child when sneaking his hand into the cookie jar," The New York Times noted in a review of his 1954 variety show, The Blue Angel. Born in Burlington, Vermont, in 1928 as Dallas Frederick Burrows, he never lost the Yankee accent that proved a perfect complement to the dry, laconic storytelling that established him as popular humourist. Bean's quick wit and warm personality made him a favourite panellist for six years on To Tell the Truth. The game required the panellists to quiz three contestants to figure out which one was a real notable and which two were impostors. Orson Bean with his third wife, Alley Mills, pictured in 2009 (AP) The dramatic outcome inspired a national and international catchphrase as the host turned to the three and said: "Will the real (contestant's name) please stand up?" Bean's style appealed to Johnny Carson, and he appeared on The Tonight Show more than 200 times. But his early career was hobbled for a time when he found himself on the Hollywood blacklist in the early years of the Cold War. Bean starred on Broadway as a timid fan magazine writer in George Axelrod's 1955 Hollywood spoof Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? He also starred on Broadway with Maureen O'Sullivan in Never Too Late and with Melina Mercouri in Illya Darling, based on her hit film Never On Sunday. My HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY OF ORSON BEAN – who was TRAGICALLY KILLED in Venice – he was a active 91 years old- a tremendous wit and person! his daughter Susie was married to Great Andrew Breibart – Orson was SUCH A WONDERFUL SOUL – my arms around wife and grandchildren — Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) February 8, 2020 Bean took a break from his career for a time in the 1970s when he dropped out and moved to Australia, where he lived a hippie lifestyle. In the 1990s, he played the shopkeeper Loren Bray on the long-running drama Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman. He remained active on the screen in recent years with guest shots in such shows as Desperate Housewives, How I Met Your Mother and Modern Family. He became related to a leading right-wing commentator, Andrew Breitbart, when his daughter, Susannah, married him. Breitbart died in 2012 and Steve Bannon, later a top adviser to Donald Trump, took over Breitbart's eponymous website. More recently, income from Dr Quinn and other voice and acting work allowed Bean to finance the Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble in Venice, where he appeared with his third wife, the actress Alley Mills.