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."

RIP #OrsonBean just saw him give a beautiful performance @TheRuskin 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.

— Rob Morrow (@RobMorrow_) February 8, 2020

R.I.P. Orson Bean.

A true gentleman, a brilliant performer and loving family man.

— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 8, 2020

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."

Just heard the great actor, Orson Bean, died tragically. Really sad to hear it, 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. https://t.co/7qWDerDVOg

— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) February 8, 2020

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."

Such sad news-Condolences to his family & friends. He was so deeply in love with his wife, Alley Mills-a warm, compassionate man, & a very fine actor
RIP Orson Bean https://t.co/UjpvN1QeU5

— robin strasser (@robinstrasser) February 8, 2020

My HEART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILY OF ORSON BEAN - who was TRAGICALLY KILLED in Venice - he was a active 91 years old- a tremendous wit and person! his daughter Susie was married to Great Andrew Breibart - Orson was SUCH A WONDERFUL SOUL - my arms around wife and grandchildren

— Robert Davi (@RobertJohnDavi) February 8, 2020

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.

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 contained multitudes in his long career. #RIPOrsonBean https://t.co/ZEwjvpI1aB

— Sean P. Means (@SeanPMeans) February 8, 2020

It's especially sad to have to say goodbye to Orson Bean, whom so many of us grew up with, in these circumstances.

Goodbye to him. pic.twitter.com/imgLUJWp6Z

— Benjamin Dreyer (@BCDreyer) February 8, 2020

#RIP to the great Orson Bean, struck by a car in Venice last night. One of the earliest "TV personalities" that as a kid I had no idea what he did other than pop on game shows (here with Ginger Rogers), he also had some great roles in films like Anatomy of a Murder #OrsonBean and pic.twitter.com/13vysagIZw

— Frank Wells (@FrankTracy) February 8, 2020

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."

I listened to this a zillion times as a kid, and loved the befuddled decency of #OrsonBean 's voicing of Bilbo Baggins. R.I.P. pic.twitter.com/7f5FcUbmbD

— Keith Humphreys (@KeithNHumphreys) February 8, 2020

This saddens me about #OrsonBean. He was the first voice to make my favorite books come to life. The original animated, Bilbo & Frodo Baggins. #thehobbit Prelude to #LOTR
Many years before Peter Jackson had the ability to create Middle-earth, Rankin/Bass were it in the 1970s.

— Joey Salvia (@joeysalvia) February 8, 2020

Rest well and in peace, Orson Bean. Among other notable appearances, he starred in the Twilight Zone episode, 'Mr. Bevis.' Bean was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street in Venice, California this evening. Very sad. pic.twitter.com/EJETXv6F34

— James Allder! 🗯 (@JimAllder) February 8, 2020

Very sad to hear about the passing of #OrsonBean What a life and career! His performance in Being John Malkovich is the most underrated performances of the 90’s.

— Tony Giglio (@tonygig) February 8, 2020

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