Orson Bean

Biography: Orson Bean is an American film, television, and stage actor. He appeared frequently on televised game shows in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, but is probably perhaps best known as cynical shop keeper Loren Bray on the hit show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Orson was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont. He was an amateur magician throughout high school, graduated in 1946, and did a tour in Japan with the Army soon after. After the war, Orson took his comedy act to nightclubs and eventually theaters in New York. He made his Broadway debut on April 30th, 1954. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Orson made guest appearances on many television shows, but was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s for his outspokenly liberal political views. Finally he was able to overcome the blacklist by playing the main characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in the 1977 and 1980 Rankin/Bass animated adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Return
Orson Bean is an American film, television, and stage actor. He appeared frequently on televised game shows in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, but is probably perhaps best known as cynical shop keeper Loren Bray on the hit show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

Orson was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont. He was an amateur magician throughout high school, graduated in 1946, and did a tour in Japan with the Army soon after. After the war, Orson took his comedy act to nightclubs and eventually theaters in New York. He made his Broadway debut on April 30th, 1954. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Orson made guest appearances on many television shows, but was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s for his outspokenly liberal political views. Finally he was able to overcome the blacklist by playing the main characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in the 1977 and 1980 Rankin/Bass animated adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Return of the King. Orson then went on to become a "guest star" actor because of his appearances on shows such as One Life to Live, The Love Boat, and The Facts of Life. Orson has been married three times, to Jacqueline De Sibour (1956 - 1962), Caroline Maxwell (1965 - 1981), and finally to actress Alley Mills since 1993. He continues to maintain his role as a "guest star" actor by appearing in Will and Grace in 2001, 7th Heaven in 2003, Two and a Half Men in 2005, Commander in Chief in 2006, and more recently in a 2007 episode of How I Met Your Mother."
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Orson Bean's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 90 Being John Malkovich
Lowest Metascore: 29 Hating Breitbart
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
2 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
29 Hating Breitbart May 17, 2013 Himself tbd
tbd Frank McKlusky, C.I. Apr 26, 2002 Mr. Gafty tbd
90 Being John Malkovich Oct 29, 1999 Dr. Lester 8.9