Orson Bean Biography

Updated On Jul 28, 2018 Published On Apr 07, 2016
Facts of Orson Bean
Date of Birth: 1928 , July-22
Birth Nation: United States
Name Orson Bean
Birth Name Dallas Frederick Burrows
Father George Frederick Burrows
Mother Marian Ainsworth
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Burlington, Vermont
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor and author
Net Worth $4 million
Salary $470,588
Married Yes
Married to Alley Mills since 1993
Children Susannah Bean, Michele Bean, Max Bean, Ezekiel Bean
Divorce Carolyn Maxwell (1965-1981), Rain Winslow aka Jacqueline de Sibour (1956-1962)
Education Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Awards Broadway's 1962 Tony Award-Nomination
Movies Being John Malkovich
TV Show To Tell the Truth, How I Met Your Mother, Two and a half men
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Orson Bean is an actor from the United States famous for starring the role of Dr. Lester in the magic realism comedy film Being John Malkovich. He is also a great writer and is an author of an autobiography Me and the Orgone.

Orson Bean was born by the name Dallas Frederick Burrows in Burlington, Vermont, the United States of America to Marian Ainsworth (née Pollard) and George Frederick Burrows. He is an American by nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity.

Orson received his formal education from "Cambridge Rindge and Latin School". He was also able to complete his high school graduation from there in 1946.

After his high school, Bean joined United States Army in 1946 and he was stationed in Japan. He served in the military for two years. In 1952, he appeared in the TV series Broadway Television Theatre as an actor starring the role of Erwin Trowbridge.

Orson Bean also starred in the TV drama series Westinghouse Studio One in 1952. Though he blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the late 1950s, he got his rise in fame as an actor after being nominated in Broadway's 1962 Tony Award. He was also the long-time panelist on the television game show, To Tell the Truth.

Orson who served as the founding member of The Sons of the Desert in 1964, is married thrice in his life. On the 2nd of July 1956, Orson married Rain Winslow; an actress whose real name is Jacqueline de Sibour. They welcomed a daughter, Michele Bean before their divorce in 1962.

After Orson dissolved his first married life, he began his love affairs with Carolyn Maxwell and began dating her. Maxwell is an actress and fashion designer, famous for her role in the movies like Tattletales and Black Mirror.

Bean and Maxwell married on 3rd of October, 1965 and welcomed 3 children: a daughter Susannah and 2 sons Max Bean and Ezekiel Bean. The couple later divorced in 1981.

Their daughter Susannah, in 1997, was married to conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart. He died in 2012 due to heart failure.

Orson spent a single life for about a decade and then he was spotted with Alley Mills; an actress and she is famous for her role in the TV series "The Wonder Years". They tied the knot in 1993, and currently live in Los Angeles. They are still together as a loving spouse.

As of 2018, his net worth is estimated to be around $4 million while his annual salary splits up to be around $470,588.

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Born in Burlington, Vermont, United States

July 22 , 1928

Orson Bean was born by the name Dallas Frederick Burrows in Burlington, Vermont, United States of America to Marian Ainsworth (née Pollard) and George Frederick Burrows. He is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

1946

Orson received his formal education from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He was also able to complete his high school graduation from there and he graduated from there in 1946. He is also famous for being the founder of The Sons of the Desert.

Joined US Army

1946

After his high school graduation, he joined United States Army. He joined US army in 1946 and he was stationed in Japan. He served in the army for two years and then was discharged from there and then he entered into the acting world. 

Began his acting career

1952

In 1952, he was seen in the TV series Broadway Television Theatre as an actor starring the role of Erwin Throwbridge. He also starred in the TV drama series Westinghouse Studio One and The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street in 1952. 

Nominated in Tony Award nomination

1962

Though he got blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the late 1950s, he got his rise in fame as an actor after being nominated in Broadway's 1962 Tony Award. He got nominated in this award as Best Featured Actor in a Musical. 

Appeared in the movie, Being John Malkovich

1999

Orson Bean is an actor from United States famous for starring the role of Dr. Lester in the magic realism comedy film Being John Malkovich. He is also popular for portraying the role of Bilbo Baggins in the animated musical television movie The Hobbit. 

Married to Rain Winslow

July 2 , 1956

On 2nd of July 1956, Orson got married to Rain Winslow. Rain Winslow is an actress whose real name is Jacqueline de Sibour. As a loving husband and wife they welcomed a daughter named Michele Bean. They got divorced in 1962.

Married to Carolyn Maxwell

October 3 , 1965

After Orson dissolved his first married life, he began his love affairs with Carolyn Maxwell and began dating her as his girlfriend. Carolyn Maxwell is an actress and fashion designer. They got married in 1965. 

Divorced with Carolyn Maxwell

1981

After dating actress and fashion designer Carolyn Maxwell for several years, they got married on 3rd of October 1965. From this married life they also had three children together: Susannah, Max and Ezekiel. Susannaj's husband Andrew Breitbart died in 2012.

Married to Alley Mills

April 18 , 1993

Orson spends a single life for about a decade and then he was spotted with Alley Mills. Alley Mills is also an actress and she is famous for her role in the TV series The Wonder Years. They got married in 1993. They are still together as a loving spouse.

Published his first autobiography, Me and the Orgone

1972

He is also a great writer and is an author of an autobiography Me and the Orgone. This book was mainly about orgone therapy. His second book Too Much Is Not Enough was published in 1988 and his third book 25 Ways to Cook a Mouse for the Gourmet Cat was published in 1994. 

Nominated in Awards Circuit Community Awards

1999

For starring the role of Dr. Lester in the magic realism comedy film Being John Malkovich, he got his first nomination in Awards Circuit Community Awards in 1999 for Best Cast Ensemble. He has also been nominated in Grammy Awards once. 

Nominated in Screen Actors Guild Awards

2000

In 2000, he got his first nomination in Screen Actors Guild Awards. He was nominated in this award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture. He was not honored with this award that year.