Orson Bean

American film, television, and stage actor, comedian, writer, and producer (1928-2020)

Orson Bean (July 22, 1928 – February 7, 2020) was an American actor. He appeared on televised game shows in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including being a long-time panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. He was also known for his role as Roy Bender on Desperate Housewives.

Orson Bean
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Bean in 1965
Dallas Frederick Burrows

(1928-07-22)July 22, 1928
DiedFebruary 7, 2020(2020-02-07) (aged 91)
Years active1952–2020
Spouse(s)Jacqueline deSibour (1956–1962), 1 child
Carolyn Maxwell (1965–1981),
3 children
Alley Mills (1993-2020)

Early lifeEdit

Bean was born on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont. He studied at Harvard College and at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Personal lifeEdit

Bean was married to Jacqueline deSibour from 1956 until they divorced in 1962. They had one child. Then he was married to Carolyn Maxwell from 1965 until they divorced in 1981. They had three children. Then he was married to Alley Mills from 1993 to 2020.

Bean was hit and killed by two cars in Los Angeles on February 7, 2020 at the age of 91.[1]


  • Me and the Orgone (1972) ISBN 0-9679670-1-5
  • Too Much Is Not Enough (1988) ISBN 0-8184-0465-5
  • 25 Ways to Cook a Mouse for the Gourmet Cat (1994) ISBN 1-55972-199-5
  • M@il for Mikey (2007)


  • At the Hungry i (1959 Fantasy UFAN 7009), comedy
  • I Ate the Baloney (1969 Columbia CS 9743), comedy


  1. "Veteran actor Orson Bean, 91, struck and killed by vehicle in Venice, friends say". KABC-TV. February 7, 2020.

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