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Orson Bean

 
Date of Birth: July 22, 1928 (94)

Birth Place: Burlington, VT, USA

Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2005
Merlyn
  [Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 2004
Mr. Lundie
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Joe [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1967
Performer
Homer Thrace
  [Broadway]
1964
Performer
  [Broadway]
1962
Charlie
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1961
Charlie Smith
  [Broadway]
1957
Billy Turk
  [Broadway]
1955
George MacCauley
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1953
Performer
Mike Hammer
Chinese Monologue performer
The New Manager
Singer of "Merry Little Minuet"
  [Broadway]
1953
Edgar Grassthal
  [Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1986
Performer


Orson Bean Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1962 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
Orson Bean, Subways Are for Sleeping
 
Theatre World Awards - 1954 - Performance Gold Star
Orson Bean, John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Orson Bean News

Alley Mills Joins the Ensemble of MORNING'S AT SEVEN Photo Alley Mills Joins the Ensemble of MORNING'S AT SEVEN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 5, 2021

Television and stage veteran¬†Alley Mills¬†(‚ÄúThe Wonder Years‚ÄĚ; Williamstown Theatre Festival, four seasons) will assume the role of Arry in the new production of Paul Osborn‚Äôs¬†Morning‚Äôs At Seven, currently playing¬†through January 9 at Theatre at St. Clement‚Äôs (423 W. 46th Street, NYC).¬†

Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and More Star in CHRISTMAS EVE 1953 Online Reading t Photo Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and More Star in CHRISTMAS EVE 1953 Online Reading to Benefit Shadowland Stages
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Dec 10, 2020

SHADOWLAND STAGES today announced that the theatre will present a special online benefit reading of CHRISTMAS EVE 1953, a short story by Tom Hanks that has been adapted for the stage by SHADOWLAND STAGES' artistic associate, James Glossman.

Porchlight Shares Free And Premium Events In December Photo Porchlight Shares Free And Premium Events In December
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 30, 2020

Tickets for each of the online events are available at PorchlightMusicTheatre.org. Links are available for viewing 72 hours after purchase.  Porchlight also announces the return of the popular series celebrating the 90th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, Sondheim@90 Roundtable with Michael Weber. The series returns Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. CST with a discussion on Road Show with guests Deanna Dunagan, Chris Jones and Michael Mahler.

The 5th Annual LOST & FOUND Returns On Buzzr Photo The 5th Annual LOST & FOUND Returns On Buzzr
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 25, 2020

Just when you thought you'd seen it all ‚Äď BUZZR is ready to reveal some rarely viewed, but extra enjoyable game show treasures this September.

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming Photo Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Sep 22, 2020

Porchlight Music Theatre has announced its schedule for fall 2020, offering a variety of free and pay-to-view options for virtual experiences.

BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Michael Mullen, An Award-Winning Costume Designer and Acto Photo BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Michael Mullen, An Award-Winning Costume Designer and Actor
by Shari Barrett - Apr 7, 2020

With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series on Broadway World Los Angeles which features interviews with some of the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the arts alive in the City of the Angels. And like all of us, how are they dealing with the abrupt end of productions in which they were involved? This Spotlight focuses on Michael Mullen, an award-winning and always busy costume designer, writer and actor who often steps onstage in a variety of roles, both male and female.

George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle A Photo George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 27, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for the year 2019. This year they are forgoing their annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in the upcoming weeks: 

Stage and Screen Actor Orson Bean Dies at 91 Photo Stage and Screen Actor Orson Bean Dies at 91
by Stephi Wild - Feb 8, 2020

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that stage and screen actor Orson Bean has died at age 91. According to The New York Times, his cause of death was a 'traffic accident' in Venice, CA. Capt. Brian Wendling of the Los Angeles Police Department said that Bean was struck and killed by a car on Friday while crossing the street.

 BWW Review: BAD HABITS World Premiere Comedy at Ruskin Group Theatre Takes an Irreve Photo BWW Review: BAD HABITS World Premiere Comedy at Ruskin Group Theatre Takes an Irreverent Look at Dedicated Nuns Trying to Save Their Struggling Convent
by Shari Barrett - Dec 10, 2019

We all know how unintentionally funny nuns can be as they go about their daily lessons, ruler in hand, trying to get children to behave or do their lessons. Or perhaps not. But just imagine if you could be a fly on the wall in the early morning hours, listening in as they get together over coffee or while baking bread in their small kitchen and blissfully make fun of not only their students but each other, as well as their local Bishop who holds all the money needed to keep their beloved St. Cyril's convent and school from closing down. They smoke and swear while complaining about being old, jaded and stupid, but realize that just like their building and the entire neighborhood around them, we're just a?oeall dirt poor.a?? And incredibly funny!

Between Riverside and Crazy Makes LA Premiere Photo Between Riverside and Crazy Makes LA Premiere
by Julie Musbach - Sep 13, 2019

You can't beat City Halla?? but you can try. The Fountain Theatre presents the Los Angeles premiere of the fearless, hilarious Pulitzer Prize, New York Drama Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel award-winning comedy-drama, Between Riverside and Crazy byStephen Adly Guirgis.Guillermo Cienfuegos directs for an Oct. 19 opening, with performances continuing through Dec. 15. Pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 16.

Orson Bean Videos

BWW TV: On the Red Carpet in LA with CATHY RIGBY IS PETER PAN
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Jan 21, 2013

Broadway World TV's own Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans of the JLE Media Group were on the red carpet at the January 15th opening of Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN at Hollywood's legendary Pantages Theatre. Check out the video below.

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Scott Bakula Guest Stars on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Series Finale
by Caryn Robbins - May 8, 2012

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES ends its successful eight-season run on the ABC Television Network with a splashy two-hour finale event on SUNDAY, MAY 13 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Lynette & Susan Battle on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, 3/4
by Caryn Robbins - Mar 2, 2012

On this Sunday night's episode of ABC's DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES entitled 'She Needs Me', Susan tells Porter that she'll set up a nursery and watch over his and Julie's baby after Lynette firmly tells her son that she will not help raise her future granddaughter.


Orson Bean Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Orson Bean been in?
Orson Bean has appeared on Broadway in 8 shows.

How many West End shows has Orson Bean been in?
Orson Bean has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Orson Bean been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Tony Awards) for Subways Are for Sleeping and Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanac .

What awards has Orson Bean won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for John Murray Anderson's Almanac.