Orson Bean was an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He was a favorite of Johnny Carson and appeared on “The Tonight Show” numerous times. Orson Bean net worth at the time of his death is estimated to be $4 million.
Bean was born on July 22, 1928, in Burlington, Vermont to Marian Ainsworth and George Frederick Burrows. He graduated from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in 1946. After that, he joined the US Army where he was stationed in Japan for almost a year.
After his military service, Bean began working in small venues as a stage magician and also as a stand-up comedian. In 1952, he made a guest appearance on NBC Radio’s weekly series “The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street”. He was a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show”. He was a favorite of Johnny Carson and appeared on his show 128 times.
Bean is known for appearing on television game shows from the 1960s to 1980s. He was a panelist on the game show “To Tell The Truth”. As an actor, he has nearly 100 acting credits to his name. He has appeared in numerous television shows including Playhouse 90, Naked City, Vacation Playhouse, Ellery Queen, The Hobbit, The Facts of Life, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Diagnosis: Murder, 7th Heaven, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family, Teachers and many more.
Oscar Bean has also appeared in several movies including Twinky, Instant Karma, Burning Down the House, Alien Autopsy, Oranges, The Equalizer 2 and many more. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979 and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2000.
Regarding his personal life, Bean is married three times. He first married Jacqueline de Sivour in 1956 and divorced her six years later in 1962. In 1965, he married Carolyn Maxwell and divorced her in 1981. His final marriage was with Alley Mills with whom he married in 1993.
On February 7, 2020, while walking near Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles, Bean was hit by the car. Tragically, he was killed when he was 91 years old.