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Old 02-08-2020, 10:35 AM
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RIP Orson Bean


Actor/comedian Orson Bean was struck and killed by multiple cars in Los Angeles. He was 91. Bean has been the subject of much humor in the thread game "Made-Up, False and Flat-out Wrong Trivia Dominoes". So much so, that I think many people thought he was a fictional character. A sad way to go.
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:42 AM
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He was hilarious in Being John Malkovich, one of my all-time favorite films.
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He'll always be Bilbo to me. *tear*

Though honestly, I thought he died yrs ago.
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Yeesh! What a way to go, and at 91!

Aside from his being a panelist on shows like To Tell the Truth, where you could tell he and Tom Poston didn't get along, I remember him as the US Army psychologist in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder, one of my favorite movies.

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Old 02-08-2020, 10:48 AM
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He'll always be Bilbo to me. *tear*
Agreed; that cartoon introduced me to a lifelong love of Tolkien, and his voice was part of its charm.

Godspeed, Orson.
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Reminds me of Desmond Llewellyn who played "Q" in the James Bond movies. He was 85 years old and died in a car accident. That feels like yesterday(wait, it was 20 years ago!).
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Reminds me of Desmond Llewellyn who played "Q" in the James Bond movies. He was 85 years old and died in a car accident. That feels like yesterday(wait, it was 20 years ago!).
Steve Allen died from a heart attack right after a fender-bender in 2003, I think. He was another guy I thought might live forever.
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I enjoyed him greatly. It's terrible that he died in this fashion.
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I enjoyed him greatly. It's terrible that he died in this fashion.
One line of his I remember in particular from TTtT came the night they had a naturalist on the show (hey, it was the '60s!):

"Tell me: Why do nudists always play volleyball?"
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He was married to Alley Mills which always seemed to be an odd pairing to me. But they were married for almost 30 years so what do I know?
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Even pushing eighty, he was beyond awesome on HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER.
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Ninety-one and Orson was still healthy enough to go for walks and visit the theater. That's doing pretty good.

Getting run down by multiple cars is a tragic way to die.

I remember Orson from game shows. He was always entertaining.

RIP
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It's kind of sad because I have been thinking of him a lot lately * , but couldn't remember his name, or pin down something he was in too find it.

*There is a character in Red Dead Redemption 2 named Hosea, who reminds me of Orson.
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Though honestly, I thought he died yrs ago.
Same.

(Personally, I know him mostly from his gameshow appearances.)
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Old 02-08-2020, 06:46 PM
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Yeesh! What a way to go, and at 91!

Aside from his being a panelist on shows like To Tell the Truth, where you could tell he and Tom Poston didn't get along, I remember him as the US Army psychologist in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder, one of my favorite movies.

RIP!
That’s how I remember him, too: game show panelist I always enjoyed, and from “Anantomy of a Murder” (in my top ten favorite movies, and best courtroom movie, ever).
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Old 02-08-2020, 08:34 PM
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He was hilarious in Being John Malkovich, one of my all-time favorite films.
That was my immediate association, on hearing the sad news. He had a good Twilight Zone, too: "Mr. Bevis."

So sorry to hear about the way this happened.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:28 PM
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Besides everything else*, I remember him from his book "Me and the Orgone" about his sexual awakening using Reichian therapy. Which he described in pretty graphic detail one night on the Tonight Show. Johnny was a little nonplussed, if I recall correctly.

*I think he must have guested on 100 shows or more during the past 40 years, mostly tv series or tv movies. Prolific.
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I was sorry to hear of his death, but glad to have played some small role in making him a Doper meme in recent years. Rest in peace, Mr. Bean!
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When I was a kid he seemed to appear on every show now and then (in those days Love American Style, Fantasy Island, and The Love Boat made sure all actors got at least one roll per year – plus there were lots daytime talk shows like Merv, and Mike, and Dinah). Besides talk shows and game shows, there were also variety shows, so I knew of him mostly as himself and thought of him as a nice, polite, and mildly funny guy from Hollywood.

But my first recollection when I heard the news, was his appearance on an episode of TWO AND A HALF MEN. He played an aging man with a young trophy wife whom Charlie was (of course) banging. He knocked on the door and hit the man he believed was cuckolding him with his cane. But in a later scene he is sitting (on the deck?) telling someone about the babes he scored back in his day. I thought it was quite funny because the names were so old even I barely remembered who they were. He really delivered the lines with humor – while making fun of himself as a has-been. “Do you know who Joey Heatherton is?” “No, well she was really something, and I nailed her in her prime!”

He managed to remain charming even while playing a grumpy old man who was seeking retribution, and was none too perfect himself – back in his prime.
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He was married to Alley Mills which always seemed to be an odd pairing to me. But they were married for almost 30 years so what do I know?
Did that make him Kevin Arnold's stepfather?
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My wife is a big Desperate Housewives fan, and she'll always remember him as Roy, the husband/widower of final series heroine Karen McCluskey.

Seeing him in old game show reruns on BUZZR lit her face up.
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He was hilarious in Being John Malkovich, one of my all-time favorite films.
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Not sure if going out this way is all that tragic. At 91 it's far better to be snuffed out suddenly while still able to be out and about than after a long lingering decline. When I go I don't want to see it coming, or at least not with enough time to think about it.
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Ninety-one and Orson was still healthy enough to go for walks and visit the theater. That's doing pretty good.
It sounds like he was doing better than that. He was ACTING in a play that just closed last week.
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