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Orson Bean

Birth Place: Burlington, VT, USA

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[Regional (US)]
Regional Concert, 2005

[Regional (US)]
Reprise! Concert, 2004
Mr. Lundie

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Joe [Replacement]

Original Broadway Production, 1967

Homer Thrace



Original Broadway Production, 1961
Charlie Smith

Billy Turk

George MacCauley

Original Broadway Production, 1953

Mike Hammer

Chinese Monologue performer

The New Manager

Singer of "Merry Little Minuet"

Edgar Grassthal

[Milburn, NJ (Regional)]
Paper Mill Production, 1986

Orson Bean Movies

How to Be Very, Very Popular
[ 1955 ] Toby Marshall
Anatomy of a Murder
[ 1959 ] Dr. Matthew Smith
London Affair
[ 1970 ] Hal Wardman
Forty Deuce
[ 1982 ] Mr. Roper
Smart Alec
[ 1986 ] Arthur Fitzgerald
[ 1987 ] Lydia's Editor
Instant Karma
[ 1990 ] Dr. Berlin
One of Those Nights
[ 1997 ] Neighbor
Being John Malkovich
[ 1999 ] Dr. Lester
[ 1999 ] Purdy
Burning Down the House
[ 2001 ] Sy
The Gristle
[ 2001 ] Mr. Bowen
Frank McKlusky, C.I.
[ 2002 ] Mr. Gafty
Myron's Movie
[ 2004 ] Stanley
Soccer Dog: European Cup
[ 2004 ] Mayor Milton Gallagher
Yesterday's Dreams
[ 2005 ] Tony Vicedomini
The Lather Effect
[ 2006 ] JonathanGod DamnIverson
Alien Autopsy
[ 2006 ] Homeless Man
The Novice
[ 2006 ] Father McIlhenny
Mattie Fresno and the Holoflux Universe
[ 2007 ] Raff Buddemeyer
Game of Life
[ 2007 ] Dennis
Ashley's Ashes
[ 2010 ] Dan
The Equalizer 2
[ 2018 ] Sam Rubinstein

Orson Bean TV Shows

Desperate Housewives
Roy Bender
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
Loren Bray
Murder, She Wrote
Ebeneezer McEnery
The Facts of Life
Oliver Thompson

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

Orson Bean, John Murray Anderson's Almanac

Orson Bean News

Rogue Machine to Present West Coast Premiere of MIDDLE OF THE WORLD This Month

Rogue Machine Theatre presents 'MIDDLE OF THE WORLD' by Juan José Alfonso, directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos. A story of redemption and unexpected alliance.

Ruskin Group Theatre In Santa Monica Presents A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, August 18

Ruskin Group Theatre presents Arthur Miller's  “A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE” starring Ray Abruzzo, opening Friday, August 18, 2023.

HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING Makes Southern California Premiere in August

Rogue Machine, renowned for its groundbreaking theatrical productions, announces dates for its most highly anticipated play of the season, 'Heroes of the Fourth Turning.' This gripping drama, written by Will Arbery and directed by Guillermo Cienfuegos, has captivated audiences with its thought-provoking exploration of ideology and identity.

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE Producer Si Litvinoff Passes Away at 93

Si Litvinoff, the visionary producer whose foresight in cinema art led to perennial classics such as Stanley Kubrick's “A Clockwork Orange,” Nicolas Roeg's “Walkabout”, 'The Man Who Fell to Earth,' starring David Bowie, and more passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2022, in Los Angeles, California. He was 93.    

Alley Mills Joins the Ensemble of MORNING'S AT SEVEN

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

Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and More Star in CHRISTMAS EVE 1953 Online Reading to Benefit Shadowland Stages

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

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

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

Porchlight Music Theatre Announces Fall 2020 Virtual Programming

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 Actor

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 Awards

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

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 Irreverent Look at Dedicated Nuns Trying to Save Their Struggling Convent

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

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.

American Masters and VOCES Present RAUL JULIA: THE WORLD'S A STAGE

THIRTEEN's American Masters and Latino Public Broadcasting's VOCES join forces to present the first documentary about Raúl Juliá, the versatile Puerto Rican actor whose work on stage and screen took the world by storm. American Masters a?" Raúl Juliá: The World's a Stage premieres Friday, September 13, 2019 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/rauljulia and the PBS Video App in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Time Travel Romcom TECH SUPPORT Heads to 59E59 This August

59E59 Theaters welcomes the Off Broadway premiere of TECH SUPPORT, written and directed byDebra Whitfield. Produced by Chatillion Stage Company, TECH SUPPORT begins performances on Thursday, August 29 for a limited engagement through Saturday, September 21.

Village Playwrights Announes Upcoming Events

The Village Playwrights meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Studio 353, 353 W. 48th St., NYC in Studio 4.  Everyone is welcome. $5 suggested donation.

Village Playwrights Announce Upcoming Events

The Village Playwrights meet the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Studio 353, 353 W. 48th St., NYC in Studio 4.  Everyone is welcome. $5 suggested donation.

Lifetime Announces 'It's a Wonderful Lifetime' Programming Slate

Christmas is coming early this year! Lifetime sleighs the 2018 holiday season this year with the network's It's a Wonderful Lifetime lineup, featuring 14 all-new original movies and nine acquired films. Kicking off on November 21 with a special week featuring five nights of premieres, each week of the holiday season will feature new movies every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, it was announced today by Tanya Lopez, EVP, Movies, Limited Series and Original Movie Acquisitions, Lifetime and LMN.

Casting Announced for THE WORLD GOES ROUND at Reprise 2.0

REPRISE 2.0, led by Producing Artistic Director Marcia Seligson, in association with the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Department of Theater (UCLA TFT) chaired by Brian Kite, announces Dawnn Lewis (This Is Us, Major Crimes and IZombie), Valerie Perri (LA Shubert Theatre Evita, Jerome Robbins' Broadway) Larry Cedar (Deadwood), Kelley Dorney (Annie at Hollywood Bowl) and Michael Starr (Bright Star national tour) for its production of The World Goes 'Round with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman, and David Thompson. It will play September 5 through September 16 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.  


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?

Orson Bean has been nominated for the following awards: 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?

Orson Bean won a Performance award at the Theatre World Awards for John Murray Anderson's Almanac.

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