Orson Bean

  • Died: February 7, 2020
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Orson Bean

Comic actor and talk show favorite

Orson Bean was a longtime comic actor who was a favorite guest on TV talk shows, especially "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. For full obituary and coverage from Legacy.com, click here.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I learned so much about the man, Orson Bean, through the various postings. Only knew him from his character on "Dr. Quinn." May his family and friends remember him as an accomplished entertainer, loving family man, and loyal friend. Know that he is in God's memory until he receives his rich reward.

Posted by A friend   March 19, 2020

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It was a pleasure to spend some time with you, Orson. I will miss you.

Posted by Todd Everett - Venice, CA - friend   March 14, 2020

He was an interesting, funny and intelligent man

Posted by Janet - Acquaintance   February 27, 2020

What a life he lived!Thank you for having the courage to be yourself and sharing yourself with us.
My thoughts and prayers are with your children,grandchildren,as well as your beautiful,beloved wife.

Posted by Rosa Newbern - Atlanta, GA   February 26, 2020

I'm so sorry for the family lose as well as all of us. My prayers for all. Thank you for bringing a smile to so many faces.

Posted by sharon - Aiken, SC   February 26, 2020

To the family I offer my deepest sympathy. May God grant you peace and comfort.

Posted by Steele    February 22, 2020

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I watch you every morning on Dr Quinn Medicine Woman on Start TV which is on antenna tv. Gods comfort to all his family and friends. We will all be seeing you in the by and by.

Posted by Lottie Snipes - Phoenix, AZ - neighbor   February 20, 2020

God bless...

Posted by - IL   February 19, 2020

My condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. May fond memories and the love of family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 18, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Bean family, so very sorry for your loss, may God be with you at this time of your sorrow.

Posted by A friend   February 18, 2020

My condolences to the family of Orson Wells, I am very sorry for your loss. He was a funny man. May the God of comfort be with all of you as you grieve.

Posted by - Woodstock   February 18, 2020

I had just started to reconnect with you on Dr. Quinn. Rest in peace....

Posted by Rhonda Conley - Mentor, OH   February 18, 2020

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Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   February 17, 2020

With sincere condolences. May the God of comfort give you peace in this difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

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REST IN PEACE ORSON
LOVED WATCHING YOU ON TATTLETALES. YOU WILL MISSED DEARLY

Posted by - LEBANON, ME   February 17, 2020

Mr. Bevis on the Twilight Zone

Posted by A friend   February 17, 2020

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FAREWELL , TO A LONG-TIME STAND-UP GAME SHOW FRIEND !!!!! PROVERBS 4:10 ...... HOSEA 3:02 ....... MARK 1:08-1:11 ....... & JOHN 2:07-2:25 ??????????

Posted by CAITLIN LUNA DUCHOVNY - SMITHFIELD, RI   February 15, 2020

Heartbreaking...I watch him on Dr. Quinn every morning. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Orsen Bean. He will be missed.

Posted by - NH   February 15, 2020

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Mr. Orsen Bean
You are Loved by all and will be sadly missed Thanks you for all your television career and reruns we can all enjoy watching. My you R I P. Our
Prayers to your Loving wife Ally
And your family. Thanks for memories.

Posted by Charlene Nguyen - Lehighton, PA   February 15, 2020

Unquestionably he was a special guy, quite smart brilliant one could say yet funny through it all. RIP sir, we've missed you over the years.

Geoffrey Mann

Posted by Geoffrey Mann - Huntington, NY   February 15, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with the Orson Family and friends. I use to watch Tattletails and Match game and Orson was great on that. He will be missed. RIP Orson.

Posted by Leslyn Lloyd - Springfield, MO   February 15, 2020

Hard to accept because I watch the game shows
And he will always be there for me.

Posted by Mary OLeary - Medford, MA   February 14, 2020

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Sorry for you loss. Rest in peace

Posted by Teresae ARMES - TN - friend   February 14, 2020

My condolences to Mr. Bean's family. Orson was the classiest comedian. He will be missed. Judy Henry Fairfield,CT

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2020

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Posted by Hettie J Carries - Morgan City, LA   February 13, 2020

Sad to see such a wonderful actor leave us. I did not know he was a comedian. May he rest in paradise. I pray his family can rest easy in his homegoing.

Posted by Hettie J Carries - Morgan City, LA   February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Bean.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Bean family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

I loved that man and will so miss him. My deepest sadness for his family. Love, Jim Hubbard

Posted by jim hubbard - venice, CA - friend   February 13, 2020

I was blessed to have known this dear sweet man and call him my friend. They don't come any better than Orson. Such a wonderful, generous, caring, Christian man who was not afraid to share his faith. Although I'm deeply saddened that I won't see my friend again I take comfort in knowing that he is now resting in the arms of our Lord. My love and prayers go out to my dear friend Alley and Orson's children and grandchildren.

Posted by - Venice, CA - friend   February 13, 2020

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May god bless you and your family,

Posted by William Varner - Shawnee, KS - friend   February 13, 2020

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Rest In Peace,
Mr Orson Bean!

Posted by GG Bigrigg - San Antonio, TX   February 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May the living God give you the peace that you seek.

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2020

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My sincere condolences to Mr. Bean's family. He was a wonderful actor and even when he wasn't playing a nice character he made me happy. Rest in Peace sweet man.❤

Posted by Jan Shaughnessy - NY   February 13, 2020

Very, very said to hear about this. Prayers for the family.

Posted by Julia Burch - Lees Summit, MO   February 13, 2020

Orson made us laugh. He is resting in Gods memory. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Posted by JE Sowell - Charlotte, NC   February 13, 2020

I will remember Orson Bean as a gifted wordsmith blessed with a rare blend of razor-sharp & benevolent wit. A true original and a national treasure. Rest In Peace, Orson.

Posted by Scott Preston Hardy - Concord, NH   February 13, 2020

To Tell the Truth, Merv Griffin and the list goes on and on. What a tragic loss of life. Through your story telling and ways of looking at life differently, I'll always remember you. One in a million, for sure!!

Posted by - RI   February 13, 2020

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My condolences to Orson Bean 's family.

Posted by Felicia Yates - Fayetteville, NC   February 13, 2020

Enjoyed seeing you with
Johnny. Now the both of you
Can look down on us and
Have a good laugh.
Make the angels laugh.
Will miss your great humor.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

My condolences to the bean family

Posted by Vickie Gilkison - Greenfeild, OH   February 12, 2020

My wife recently passed away and would have been upset over the passing of orson
So sorry for your loss. We loved watching dr Quinn god bless him and your family
Gene Fortier and bonnie

Posted by Eugene Fortier - Feeding hills, MA   February 12, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family with this tragic loss. Our hearts truly aches for you. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this extremely difficult time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

He was in Cleveland for a book signing at Crocker Park about 10 years ago or more. His wife (Ally) was also there. He talked about his life. How he gained his education from reading 25 cent books, his strict father, tough upbringing and on and on it goes. He was such a real person. Many of the people there asked questions about Johnny Carson and other celebrities but i wanted to know more about how he broke free from his early life to become who he is an amazing, thoughtful, loving man. Ally, I am so sorry for your loss.

My life was graced by meeting this man for only 60 minutes. Rest in peace Orson.

Posted by Laura Hogan - Lakewood, OH   February 12, 2020

My condolences for the tragic loss of Orson Bean. God is tender in mercy my he be your strength and comfort at this sad time.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

To the family: I am very sorry for your loss. I enjoyed seeing him on To Tell the Truth and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Posted by B. Joyce Washington - Spartanburg,, SC   February 12, 2020

You were loved by so many and you will be missed. Thank you for your friendship, joy, laughter, care and passion. -Joie, Jason & Harrison Frahm

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

My condolences to the Bean family. May fond memories and God provide comfort, peace, and endurance to your family today, tomorrow, and always.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

My condolences Bean family. As you grieve may the peace of God comfort your aching hearts.

Posted by Chan - Fulton   February 12, 2020

My condolences.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

Had the pleasure of meeting Orson and Ally while vacationing in Antigua not once but twice. Such wonderful down to earth people. Our condolences to Ally and the family. Orson was a great man.

Posted by Shirley and Marcel Pare - Windsor, ON - acquaintance   February 12, 2020

Heartfelt condolences to the Bean family, truly sorry for your loss. His talents will definitely be remembered.

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

I send sincerest condolences to the family for your loss. Olson Bean had wide appeal as an actor and will be missed. May the God of comfort give comfort at this difficult time.

Posted by Mary Smith - PA   February 12, 2020

Our sincere condolences to the Bean family. May the God of all comfort provide you all the strength to cope with your loss

Posted by A friend   February 12, 2020

Orson was so funny. My condolences go out to Alley and their family and friends during this difficult time. They are in my thoughts.

Posted by Joan Mosher - Student   February 11, 2020

Orson Bean is remembered by me because of The Little School House

Posted by william Mariano - CT   February 11, 2020

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Dear Bean Family Rory and I would luv to extend our condolences's on the loss of Orson Bean.we luved him on Two and Half Men as a guest star.

Posted by faith/rory tobin/dockett - Newton Centre/brighton, MA   February 11, 2020

We are so sorry to hear of orson passing. He was a great man with a big heart. The family is in our prayers

Posted by Terri Zezza - Exeter, PA - friend   February 11, 2020

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Sympathy & prayers to the family

Gods speed in heaven.

Posted by m kosh - ft myers, FL   February 11, 2020

I truly enjoyed watching Orson Bean over the years on many game shows but I also remember seeing him on an episode of The Closer. He was fabulous on that show. My condolences to his family. He will be missed.

Posted by Robin Bender    February 11, 2020

I would see Orson whenever I would run errands around Venice. He would see me, smile and wave. Orson was friendly to anyone and everyone. I loved seeing him on Tattletales or on talk shows because he could talk on any subject and never saw bad in anyone. Such a loss! My deepest condolence to his beautiful wife Alley Mills Bean.

Posted by Carla Toledo - Los Angeles, CA - neighbor   February 11, 2020

I remember seeing Orson on board The Goldenrod Showboat in St Louis, Mo. One summer when the boat held The National Ra:time Festival. He was in town starring as a priest in a play. I can't recall the date or the play.

Posted by Mark Eros - Belleville, IL   February 11, 2020

Loved him on Password, To Tell the Truth and other Shows. He
Made me laugh .God comfort u at this most Difficult Time.
Prayers to the Family
Sue Willard
Gr. Mich .

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

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Peace.

Posted by Glen James Hausfeld - Minneapolis, MN   February 11, 2020

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Godspeed Orson, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us, and the wonderful film and TV memories.

Rest Orson, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   February 11, 2020

I liked Orson Bean on "To Tell the Truth" when I was just a kid, but what really endeared him to me was when he appeared on Dennis Miller's radio show, and more recently, his podcast. He shared his Christian faith in such a winsome (and occasionally shocking) way. This led me to read one of his books, and to watch his one-man show, "Safe at Home" on YouTube. What a life he had! I know he's in Heaven now with his Lord, and probably hugging his beloved son-in-law Andrew Breitbart, too. My deepest condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren.

Posted by Daisy - WI   February 11, 2020

As the days and weeks pass,and as you return to life's routine,may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

My Mom went to school with Orson Bean in Cambridge, MA. So very sorry for your loss - my condolences to the family, may he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Carol Bailey - MA - classmate   February 11, 2020

I was so sorry to hear about Orson Bean's passing. I remember him wells from the 70's/80's game shows like Match Game, Tattletales, and To Tell the Truth. His sense of humor was quirky, but always funny and charming. Sending deepest thoughts and prayers to his wife, family, and friends.

Posted by T Brooks - Longview, WA   February 11, 2020

He kept me laughing watching him on Match Game. Sending prayers for his family. RIP Orson!

Posted by Val - Tallahassee, FL   February 11, 2020

Enjoyed him as a child on To Tell the Truth and in Dr Quinn as an adult. Prayers for family & friends at the loss of this multi-layered man. Lisa, NYS fan

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

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I always enjoyed watching Orson Bean's performances on classic TV talk and game shows...a talented, witty man. So sorry to learn of his passing.

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Junction, NJ   February 11, 2020

I loved him so much. What a great actor. Prayers for his family and friends. Rest in Peace

Posted by Leslie Baggett - Tuscaloosa, AL   February 11, 2020

To the family I offer my condolences. May you find comfort in the loving support of family and friends and in the God of all comfort who cares for you.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

I grew up watching you. I pray your family will receive comfort and support during this time.

Posted by Clara    February 11, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Ronald Lee Enyart - Geand Junctuin, CO   February 11, 2020

I remember seeing him on the quiz show, Password, many times. R.I.P. Mr. Bean. Prayers headed to your family for their peace of mind.

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of mr. Orson bean who gave much too of himself in the entertainment industry I know he will be well missed may the God of tender mercies grant him peace

Posted by A friend   February 11, 2020

My sincere condolences to the family. May your hearts be filled with the precious memories of your dear loved one, today, tomorrow and always.

Posted by A friend    February 11, 2020

So enjoyed Mr. Bean's visits to the Carson show. Very sad to learn of his passing. My sincere regrets go to his family. God Bless

Posted by Steve Ashley - Winston-Salem, NC   February 11, 2020

A tremendous talent, I have been a lifelong fan, my deepest condolences to his family and many friends! May you Rest In Peace, and soar with the Angels!

Posted by Joseph Cormier - Student   February 10, 2020

RIP to a greatly talented man.

Posted by A fan in ct    February 10, 2020

Orion Bean was such kind and gentle soul and that translated in his many roles and interactions with others. Deep heartfelt condolences to his wife and family, friends and countless fans. May the God of all comfort, comfort, strengthen and sustain you at this most difficult time and in the days to come.

Posted by Michael C    February 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. May God bless you comfort and peace during this time of grief.

Posted by Carolyn Ward - NC   February 10, 2020

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My thoughts and prayers to the family....another angel has received his wings....fly high Mr. Bean

Posted by Elizabeth M Whitcomb - Starksboro, VT   February 10, 2020

I was so upset when I heard this because I am in my 60's and have been his fan since I was very young. Loved watching him on old game show and in everything he appeared in. My favorite role he did was Mr. Bray on Dr. Quinn.

He was certainly a multi-talented man and everyone always seemed to have only great things to say about him.

I was thrilled when he married his beautiful wife, Alley and when their characters fell in love on Dr. Q too. I'm so glad they had so many years together but wish they would have had more here in this life. They will someday because love never dies.

My deepest condolences and my heart goes out to Alley and their family; to Mr. Bean's friends and fans.

Thanks Mr. Bean for a lifetime of great performances; for much laughter and often tears.

R.I.P.

Posted by Kathy Stevens - Huntington, WV   February 10, 2020

TO THE FAMILY OF THE LATE ORSON BEAN


It's God's Will And We Must Comply
By: Charles G. Turner, Sr.

Life is uncertain,
But as sure as we are born one day we must die
Sometimes we sit and wonder why
The fact is it's God's will and we must comply.

Throughout our lives we live through happiness and sadness
And many toils and strife
And when our earthly life is over we enter into our eternal life

Whenever a loved one or friend makes their earthly depart
It is natural for it to bring hurt and sorrow to our heart
And to deal with our loss we grieve, mourn, and cry
In all essence we must remember this is God's will
And we all must comply

For those of us that are left behind
We must cherish the special memories
And keep them all in mind
Just remember it is not for
us to question why we have to die
It's God's will and we all have to comply

May God Bless and comfort all of you

Posted by MR. & MRS. CHARLES G TURNER, SR & FAMILY. - Fountain, CO   February 10, 2020

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My condolences and prayers to the family of Orson Bean. I loved watching him in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. He was so funny in the show. The Lord Is my Shepherd. Psalm 23.

Posted by Diana Patton - Melbourne, FL   February 10, 2020

My condolences and prayers to the family of Orson Bean. I enjoyed watching Orson Bean in Dr. Mike, Medicine Woman. He was so funny in the show. He will be missed by his family. The Lord Is My Shepherd. Psalm 23.

Posted by Diana Patton - Melbourne, FL   February 10, 2020

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I was so deeply saddened to hear the sad news of Orson's
death.

I grew up in a small town, Franklin, New Hampshire. As a young boy, I would look forward to watching "To Tell The Truth", and seeing my favorite panelists, Orson Bean & Kitty Carlisle.

I ended up moving to Santa Monica, California after Amherst College,and began my career in commercial real estate. My first big client was Mark Goodson Productions, the producer of "To Tell The Truth".

I had the pleasure of meeting Kitty Carlisle on her 90th Birthday tour, and when she died, Orson was the last living panelist of "To Tell The Truth".

A very special part of my childhood was taken away much too soon in that tragic accident in Venice on Friday evening, just two miles from my home in Santa Monica.

He will live on forever in so many hearts, including mine.

My deepest sympathy and my prayers are with his wife Alley, and his children and with all of his family & friends at this very sad time.

The world is a more beautiful place because of Orson Bean. Garry Moore welcomed him to the set of "To Tell The Truth" every evening, and now Garry and Kitty and all of the other panelists were waiting with their arms extended in Heaven to welcome Orson home.

Posted by Jeffrey Bonk - Santa Monica, CA   February 10, 2020

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Remember you to tell the truth talk show.Sorry for your passing.Prayers to the family.MVG San Antonio,Texas

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

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Posted by Alishia - SC   February 10, 2020

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Rest in peace.

Posted by - Roselle, NJ   February 10, 2020

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Posted by Freddie Rhett - Savannah, GA   February 10, 2020

We are deeply saddened over this tragic lost of Mr. Orson Bean. I still watch him often on the old Match on the G.S.N. My condolences to the Bean Family. Rest in Peace old friend.

Posted by Frank W - NC   February 10, 2020

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How sad my heart and prayers Georgia Velasquez

Posted by Georgia Velasquez - Denver, CO - friend   February 10, 2020

I loved, loved, loved his role in Dr. Quinn. He "made" the character. Loved his roles in other shows throughout the years as well. Great guy. So sorry he has left us.

Posted by Tracy Chiprean - Butler, PA, PA   February 10, 2020

he was a great actor. loved him on Dr Quinn.

Posted by A friend   February 10, 2020

Loved Mr. Bean in Dr. Quinn. May God truly bless him and comfort his lovely family. Am heart-broken to hear of his passing. My love to all of you.

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