The death of Orson Bean has left Hollywood in mourning. The beloved stage and screen star, known for his roles in the film Being John Malkovich and the television show Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, was killed ar age 91 after being struck by two cars while crossing the street in Los Angeles on his way to a theatre. Now, fans and famous friends are reacting to the tragic death of the beloved actor and husband of Wonder Years veteran Alley Mills.
On social media, friends posted tributes to Bean. Wonder Years alum Danica McKellar took to Twitter to write that she is “devastated” by the tragedy. McKellar played Winnie Cooper on the nostalgic ABC series and worked closely with Bean’s wife on the show in the late 1980s and early ’90s.
“Devastated to hear of Orson Bean’s tragic accident last night,” McKellar wrote. “Please send prayers to his family, including his wife [Alley Mills] who I’ve known since The Wonder Years. They were a beautiful couple.”
“This is beyond tragic.” Swanson wrote. “My heart goes out to his entire family. Orson was the classiest most wonderful man I have ever met. Rest In Love dear Orson, we will miss you very much.”
Mia Farrow wrote that Bean was a “prince of a guy.” Farrow also shared a theatre photo of the late actor with her mother, Maureen O’Sullivan, when they worked together in the 1963 Broadway show Never Too Late.
Broadway: My mom, with Paul Ford on left and Orson Bean on the right. I was a shy teen and he was the funniest, kindest most thoughtful friend to my mother and to my siblings and me. pic.twitter.com/xyLXlwLms0
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 8, 2020
Other stars, including Desperate Housewives alum Marcia Cross and music legend Barbra Streisand, paid tribute to Bean. Cross worked with Bean on Desperate Housewives where he had a recurring role as steak salesman Roy Bender.
Streisand credited Bean for putting her on her first TV show. Barbra’s first appearance on television was in 1961 on NBC’s The Jack Paar Show, where Bean was the guest host.
— Marcia Cross (@ReallyMarcia) February 8, 2020
Orson Bean was so sweet. So kind. He put me on my first TV show. Thank you Orson. RIP.
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 8, 2020
Other Hollywood stars including Bean’s Desperate Housewives co-star Dana Delaney, Adam Baldwin (Full Metal Jacket), and family friend Rena Sofer (The Bold and the Beautiful) remembered the legendary actor with loving tributes, which you can see below.
Heartbroken over the death of beloved Orson Bean. One of a kind actor & man with a joyous unflagging spirit. Sending love to Alley and his family.
— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) February 8, 2020
R.I.P. Orson Bean.
A true gentleman, a brilliant performer and loving family man.
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 8, 2020
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My heart is broken for my dear friend Ally Mills and her family. Orson bean was an incredible actor but I always knew him personally as Ally’s dear husband and love of her life. It was an honor to spend time with them and get a front row seat watching the joy they brought to each other. Ally, we love you and are here to love you through this heartache. My condolences to all of Orsons family and friends and all who loved him. On screen and off. #rip #orsonbean @boldandbeautifulcbs @cbstv #boldandbeautiful
One of the most poignant tributes to Bean came from veteran actor Dick Van Dyke, who, along with other actors and friends, held a private vigil for the stage veteran at the Pacific Resident Theater in Venice on Saturday night, according to CBS Los Angeles.
Bean, who was a working actor for almost 70 years, knew Van Dyke for the last 65 years.
“We were knocking around New York together as young comedians and I had him on our show, on Diagnosis Murder. … I was kind of the physical comedian and he was the intellectual comedian,” Van Dyke said of his longtime friend.