Down 1,983 this week

Orson Bean

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marian Pollard. The newborn Dallas Burrows was a second cousin once removed to ... See full bio »
More at IMDbPro » Contact Info on IMDbPro Contact Info: View agent

John Cho's 'Search' on Cutting Edge of Sundance Cinema

John Cho talks to Kevin Smith about his Sundance NEXT thriller Search, which is told entirely on computer screens as a father traces his missing daughter.

Watch now

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Amazon Video

Watch on TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 people
created 09 Apr 2013
a list of 125 people
created 07 Sep 2014
a list of 470 people
created 18 Mar 2016

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Orson Bean's work have you seen?

User Polls

3 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Being John Malkovich
Innerspace Lydia's Editor
Anatomy of a Murder
Anatomy of a Murder Dr. Matthew Smith
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (101 credits)
 2017 Teachers (TV Series)
- Dosey Don't (2017) ... Jerry
 2017 The Guest Book (TV Series)
- Story Eight (2017) ... Edgar
 2016 Wake Up America!
Bernie Cantor
 2016 Another Period (TV Series)
Laverne Fusselforth V
- The Duel (2016) ... Laverne Fusselforth V
- Lillian's Wedding (2016) ... Laverne Fusselforth V
 2016 The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Series)
- Episode #1.7244 (2016) ... Howard
- Episode #1.7243 (2016) ... Howard
 2016 Modern Family (TV Series)
- Playdates (2016) ... Marty
 2014 Mistresses (TV Series)
- Rebuild (2014)
 2012 A Golden Christmas 3 (TV Movie)
Mr. Cole
 2009-2012 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Roy Bender
- Finishing the Hat (2012) ... Roy Bender
- Give Me the Blame (2012) ... Roy Bender
- You Take for Granted (2012) ... Roy Bender
- She Needs Me (2012) ... Roy Bender
- Get Out of My Life (2012) ... Roy Bender
 2011 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
- Funeral Crashers (2011) ... Dan
 2011 Two-Legged Rat Bastards (Short)
 2010 Piano Fingers (Short)
TV Show Host
 2010 The Sarah Silverman Program. (TV Series)
Mr. Myron
- Songs in the Key of Yuck (2010) ... Mr. Myron
 2010 Ashley's Ashes
 2009 Safe Harbor (TV Movie)
 2007 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
- Slapsgiving (2007) ... Bob
 2007 Women's Murder Club (TV Series)
Harold Grant
- Grannies, Guns and Love Mints (2007) ... Harold Grant
 2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman (TV Series)
- Good Times and Great Oldies (2007) ... Chick
 2007 The Closer (TV Series)
Donald Baxter
- The Round File (2007) ... Donald Baxter
 2007/II Game of Life
 2006 The Novice
Father McIlhenny
 2006 The Lather Effect
Jonathan 'God Damn' Iverson
 2006 Commander in Chief (TV Series)
Bill Harrison
- The Price You Pay (2006) ... Bill Harrison
 2006 Alien Autopsy
Homeless Man
 2005 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
- Does This Smell Funny to You (2005) ... Norman
 2005 Yesterday's Dreams
Tony Vicedomini
 2004 Cold Case (TV Series)
Harland Sealey
- Red Glare (2004) ... Harland Sealey
 2004 Cacophony (Short)
 2004 Soccer Dog: European Cup
Mayor Milton Gallagher
 2004 Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Charlie's Angels' (TV Movie)
Voice of John Forsythe (voice)
 2004 Myron's Movie
 2003 Knee High P.I. (TV Movie)
 2003 7th Heaven (TV Series)
Patient / Mr. Hampton Impersonator
- Life and Death: Part 2 (2003) ... Patient
- Life and Death: Part 1 (2003) ... Patient / Mr. Hampton Impersonator
 2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I.
Mr. Gafty
 2002 Becker (TV Series)
Mr. Bennett
- Piece Talks (2002) ... Mr. Bennett
 2001 The Gristle
Mr. Bowen
 2000 Normal, Ohio (TV Series)
William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
- Just Another Normal Christmas (2000) ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
- Working Girl (2000) ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
- Buyer's Remorse (2000) ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
- A Thanksgiving Episode (2000) ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
- Caught on Tape (2000) ... William 'Bill' Gamble, Sr.
 2000 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Professor Joseph Dudley
- There But for the Grace of Grace (2000) ... Professor Joseph Dudley
 2000 Family Law (TV Series)
Archbishop Phillips
- Possession Is Nine Tenths of the Law (2000) ... Archbishop Phillips
 2000 The King of Queens (TV Series)
Carl Tepper
- Surprise Artie (2000) ... Carl Tepper
 2000 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
Marty Brigg
- In Search of Pygmies (2000) ... Marty Brigg
 2000 Manhattan, AZ (TV Series)
Lew Goldberg
- The Voyage Home (2000) ... Lew Goldberg
- Atticus Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2000) ... Lew Goldberg
 1999 Unbowed
 1999 Being John Malkovich
Dr. Lester
 1999 Thanks (TV Series)
Burnaby Fitzhugh
- Spring (1999) ... Burnaby Fitzhugh
 1999 Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie (TV Movie)
Loren Bray
 1993-1998 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
Loren Bray
- A New Beginning (1998) ... Loren Bray
- The Fight (1998) ... Loren Bray
- Legend II: Vengeance (1998) ... Loren Bray
- Birdman (1998) ... Loren Bray
- Happily Ever After (1998) ... Loren Bray
 1998 Ellen (TV Series)
Gameshow Contestant
- Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 1 (1998) ... Gameshow Contestant
 1998 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Lewis Sweeney
- Obsession: Part 1 (1998) ... Lewis Sweeney
 1997 California (TV Series)
Loren Bray
 1997 One of Those Nights
 1992 Just My Imagination (TV Movie)
Jeremy Sticher
 1992 Final Judgement (Video)
Monsignor Corelli
 1991 Chance of a Lifetime (TV Movie)
 1990 Tiny Toon Adventures (TV Series)
- Fairy Tales for the 90's (1990) ... Gepetto (voice)
 1990 Instant Karma
Dr. Berlin
 1990 Monsters (TV Series)
Dr. Hubbard
- The Offering (1990) ... Dr. Hubbard
 1986-1989 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Ebeneezer McEnery
- Town Father (1989) ... Ebeneezer McEnery
- Keep the Home Fries Burning (1986) ... Ebeneezer McEnery
 1987 Innerspace
Lydia's Editor
 1986-1987 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Oliver Thompson
- Ex Marks the Spot (1987) ... Oliver Thompson
- Cupid's Revenge (1987) ... Oliver Thompson
- Fast Food (1986) ... Oliver Thompson
 1986 Smart Alec
Arthur Fitzgerald
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Jason Klemer
- October the 31st (1984) ... Jason Klemer
 1984 Garfield in the Rough (TV Short)
Billy Rabbit (voice)
 1982 Forty Deuce
Mr. Roper
 1982 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Harrison Logan
- Episode dated 2 September 1982 (1982) ... Harrison Logan
 1980 The Return of the King (TV Movie)
Frodo Baggins / Bilbo Baggins (voice)
 1978 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Artie D'Angelo
 1977 The Hobbit (TV Movie)
Bilbo Baggins (voice)
 1977 Forever Fernwood (TV Series)
Reverend Brim
 1975 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Warren Wright
- The Adventure of the Chinese Dog (1975) ... Warren Wright
 1974 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
 1970 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Multiple Roles
- Helen Hayes Remembers (1970) ... Multiple Roles
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Artie Kaufman (segment "Love and the Teacher")
- Love and the Coed Dorm/Love and the Optimist/Love and the Teacher (1970) ... Artie Kaufman (segment "Love and the Teacher")
 1970 Lola
Hal Wardman
 1970 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (TV Movie)
Hank / Sir Boss (voice)
 1966 The Star Wagon (TV Movie)
Stephen Minch
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Bean Show (1964)
 1954-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Dennis Kavanaugh / Eddie West / Lester
- Don't Shake the Family Tree (1963) ... Dennis Kavanaugh
- The Fifth Wheel (1954) ... Eddie West
- Good for You (1954) ... Lester
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Arnold Platt
- To Walk Like a Lion (1962) ... Arnold Platt
 1961 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
John Monroe
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
James B.W. Bevis
- Mr. Bevis (1960) ... James B.W. Bevis
 1960 Art Carney Special (TV Series)
 1959 Miracle on 34th Street (TV Movie)
Dr. William Sawyer
 1959 Anatomy of a Murder
Dr. Matthew Smith
 1958 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Newman Johnson
- The Newman Johnson Story (1958) ... Newman Johnson
 1958 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Pvt. Wally Gunther
- Bilko's Insurance Company (1958) ... Pvt. Wally Gunther
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Jack Chesney
- Where's Charley? (1957) ... Jack Chesney
 1957 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1956 Showdown at Ulcer Gulch (Short)
Llewelyn Throckmorton, III
 1952-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Charlie Digger / Joey / Harvey B. Hines
- A Christmas Surprise (1956) ... Charlie Digger
- Joey (1954) ... Joey
- The Square Peg (1952) ... Harvey B. Hines
 1955 How to Be Very, Very Popular
Toby Marshall
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
- San Francisco Fracas (1955) ... Arthur
 1955 The Best of Broadway (TV Series)
Mortimer Brewster
- Arsenic and Old Lace (1955) ... Mortimer Brewster
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
 1952 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Bennett / Erwin Trowbridge
- Nothing But the Truth (1952) ... Robert Bennett
- Three Men on a Horse (1952) ... Erwin Trowbridge
 1952 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Three Letters (1952)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (61 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in Robert Ludlum's play, "Black Comedy," at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ, with M'el Dowd, Robert Moore and Paula Trueman in the cast. Jerry Adler was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 2 Interviews | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

Orson & Carolyn


6' (1.83 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on Red Skelton\ Red Skelton I loved. He was an angel. When I was a young comic he was so generous with me. He walked in on a live show I was doing at the Blue Angel and got a big laugh. He threw his arm around me and he was sweet as sugar. Of course, I had adored him in The Fuller Brush Man (1948) and all the movies. Liberace was another. People would do that. They would walk into your show and ... See more »


"My best friend, greatest support system, and incredible grandfather has posted his entire award winning one man show on YouTube for the world to see for free. He had an offer to bring the show to NY but instead decided he just wanted to spread joy for all to be able to see (and laugh, and cry etc). That speaks more about his character than anything I could write here. In summary: do yourself a ... See more »

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page

Watch the Latest Episode of "The IMDb Show"

This week on "The IMDb Show," La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz shares some "secret" information about his new spy-thriller series, "Counterpart." Plus, Kevin Smith lets us in on his favorite Sundance movies of all time.

Watch the show