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Actor Orson Bean Struck and Killed in Venice Blvd Crosswalk. He was 91

Bean leaves a wife and 4 adult children and many grandchildren.

Actor Orson Bean was struck and killed on Venice Blvd Friday night, February 7, 2020.

Near where Venice Blvd crosses Shell Avenue, Bean was struck by two drivers, with the second vehicle striking him fatally. "The car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him and he went down," said Los Angeles Police Department Captain Brian Wendling. "A second vehicle was coming up, was distracted by people trying to slow him down and then looked up and then a second traffic collision occurred and that one was fatal."

Former game show host Bean who was 91 years of age, leaves behind a wife, 4 adult children and many grandchildren.

One of his daughters married Andrew Breitbart, the deceased founder of An article by the website's John Nolte reads:

I don't know how many people earned the honor of guest-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, but it was far fewer than took home the Oscar; and Orson Bean, on countless occasions, earned what I consider to be the ultimate show business honor. That's how talented the man was. And when Orson wasn't guest-hosting, he was appearing as a guest. We're talking about some 200 appearances. Johnny Carson, the Zeus of show business, loved him, trusted, him, relied on him. And why not? Orson Bean helped to make that show business era what it was.

Orson Bean (born Dallas Frederick Burrows; July 22, 1928 – February 7, 2020) was an American film, television, and stage actor, and a comedian, writer, and producer. He appeared frequently on televised game shows from the 1960s through the 1980s and was a long-time panelist on the television game show To Tell the Truth. He was a favorite of Johnny Carson, appearing on The Tonight Show over 200 times. He was a veteran actor of stage, television and cinema, and a game show host.


Reader Comments(2)

TML writes:

Bean stepped into the street in between two parked cars and both drivers remained at the scene.

DC3 writes:

This article is NOT correct. I just read on ABC News that Mr. Bean was OUTSIDE the crosswalk when he was struck and that BOTH drivers STOPPED and WAITED at the scene. Neither will be charged, and situation is being considered an accident.