Celebs and Fans Remember Veteran Actor Orson Bean, Struck and Killed by a Car in Los Angeles

Celebrities and fans on social media remembered comedian and actor Orson Bean was killed after being struck by two cars on Friday night in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old.

Bean fell after he was clipped by a car in Venice as he was crossing the street, according to The Associated Press. A second vehicle hit Bean that reportedly resulted in his death.

The actor, who began working in the 1950's, was best known for his roles in television and film, including Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Being John Malkovich. He also made numerous appearance on game shows, beginning in the 1960's, including Match Game and To Tell the Truth. Bean was also a consistent theatre actor. In 1961, he received a Tony nomination for his role in Subways are for Sleeping.

Many celebrities and admirers noted the veteran actor's legacy on Twitter. Northern Exposure actor Rob Morrow tweeted about seeing a recent performance by Bean. "RIP #OrsonBean just saw him give a beautiful performance @TheRuskin," he wrote. "During intermission I caught glimpse of him pacing in the parking lot running his lines by himself, the same way he did when he was 20 probably."

Full Metal Jacket star Adam Baldwin called him a "true gentleman, a brilliant performer and loving family man."

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote on Twitter upon hearing the news: "He was such a warm person. I got to know him a bit when we made this short film together. Written by @johnkrasinski. About three generations of family patterns."

Soap opera star Robin Strasser also tweeted condolences to Bean's family. Actor Robert Davi called Bean an "active 91 years old [sic]" and a "tremendous wit and person."

Film critic and Salt Lake Tribune reporter Sean Means celebrated the actor's enduring legacy. "I remember Orson Bean from his regular appearances on game shows when I was a kid — and years later, giving a delightful turn in 'Being John Malkovich,'" he tweeted.

Author Benjamin Dreyer said having grown up with Bean's work, it was hard to say good-bye under these circumstances. Another fan called Bean "one of the earliest TV personalities," saying that as a child he didn't realize Bean did more than appear on game shows, but paid tribute to his lengthy film career.

Other fans mentioned Bean for specific roles. Stanford professor Keith Humphreys tweeted that he remembered Bean voicing Bilbo Baggins in an animated TV movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. Radio and podcast producer Joey Salvia also recalled Bean for this voice role. "He was the first voice to make my favorite books come to life," he wrote.

Another fan referenced Bean's appearance in The Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Bevis," in which Bean played the titular character, while another admirer called Bean's work in Being John Malkovich, "the most underrated performances [sic] of the 90s."

Legendary singer and actress Barbra Streisand commented on Facebook that Bean put her on a TV show for the first time: "Orson Bean was so sweet. So kind. He put me on my first TV show. Thank you Orson. RIP."

Updated 2:01 PM ET to include comment from Barbra Streisand.

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Actor Orson Bean attends the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'The Equalizer 2' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Bean was killed in a car accident on Friday night. Getty/Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic
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