Orson Bean Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

Orson Bean Wiki, Bio, Age, Net Worth, and Other Facts

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Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard. The newborn Dallas Burrows was a second cousin once removed to Calvin Coolidge, who was President of the United States at the time of his birth. The young Dallas, an amateur magician with a taste for the limelight, graduated from Boston’s prestigious Latin School in 1946. Too young to see military service during World War II, the future Orson Bean did a hitch in the U.S. Army (1946-47) in occupied Japan.


Interesting Facts about Orson Bean

  • Bean made more than 200 appearances on “The Tonight Show” during the Johnny Carson era – including more than 100 stints as guest host – and more than 60 sit-downs on “The Merv Griffin Show.”.
  • Biography in: “Who’s Who in Comedy” by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 38. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
  • Founding member of ‘Sons of the Desert’, a national organization dedicated to the memory and films of comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
  • At age 91, was fatality injured as a pedestrian in an accident involving two vehicles in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles.
  • Was nominated for Broadway’s 1962 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for “Subways Are for Sleeping.”
  • His father George Burrows was the chief of campus police at Harvard University.
  • Son of Marion Ainsworth (Pollard) and George Frederick Burrows. His father was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
  • In The Return of the King (1980), Bean voiced both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins. In The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Sir Ian Holm plays Bilbo, but has also played Frodo in the BBC radio version. So Bean and Holm have both played both parts.
  • Graduated from Cambridge High & Latin School with fellow classmate Peggy Cass.
  • Frequent contributor to “Big Hollywood”, which was the original blog created by his late son-in-law, Andrew Breitbart. “Big Hollywood” has become one of many subsections of Breitbart.com.
  • Has four children; Michelle, Max, Susannah, and Ezekiel.
  • Bean made frequent guest appearances on “The Tonight Show” (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson).

Personal Quotes by Orson Bean

One of the things I’m proudest of, one year on my refrigerator, I taped a Christmas card from the Republican National Committee and season’s greetings from Gus Hall of the American Communist Party. They both stayed up their months and I’m proud of it.

- Orson Bean

The nineteen fifties was a time of tumultuous change.

- Orson Bean

I felt only a conservative president could bring peace in Vietnam ’cause he wouldn’t be accused of being soft on communism.

- Orson Bean

Miracles aren’t necessarily good for everyone. The parting of the Red Sea, great for the Jews, not so hot for the Egyptian soldiers.

- Orson Bean

For most of my life I didn’t believe in God. Who had time?

- Orson Bean