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Orson Bean, Longtime Husband to B&B’s Alley Mills, Struck And Killed By Car

Heartbreaking news this morning.  One of the most beloved actors, Orson Bean, was killed last night in Los Angeles, California when he was reportedly struck and killed by a car.  Bean was 91-years-old.

Fans of The Bold and the Beautiful know that Bean was married to cast member, Alley Mills (Pam).  Their marriage lasted 27 years.

Various reports have been coming in on what happened at the scene: Los Angeles Police Captain. Brian Wendling initially said that a man had been walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles and was clipped by a vehicle, causing him to fall. Then, a second driver struck him again, which was the cause of his death.   It has also been reported that both drivers stayed on the scene and attempted to administer aid but Bean died at the scene.

There were also reports that Alley Mills, 68, who Bean was married to for 27 years and his third wife, was at the scene at the time of the accident.

Bean’s acting career spanned decades, where he appeared in numerous comedy and drama television series, as well as games hows.  In recent years he appeared on Modern Family, Desperate Housewives,  Hot in Cleveland and Grace & Frankie.

Mills and Bean has just performed together in a play Bad Habits which ended its run last week in Santa Monica, California.

Orson Bean is survived by his daughter, Michele, from his first marriage, and sons Max and Ezekiel and daughter Susannah from his marriage to Carolyn Maxwell.

We will continue to update you as any new information comes to light.

Share your condolences for Alley and the death of Orson Bean via the comment section below.


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  1. Charday

    February 8, 2020 at 8:58 am

    So sorry and sad to read this. Enjoy his character on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. Rest in Peace.

  2. Jimh

    February 8, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Remember him on Game Shows like the original(best version of game show Match Game and when he played on Dr Quinn as cranky shopkeeper and Ally played one of Quinns sisters…sad news to hear!!!

    • Rifa Martin

      February 9, 2020 at 6:38 am

      Sad news & so sorry to hear this. RIP!

  3. Violet Lemm2

    February 8, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    OMG, what a shock to read about this. What a sweet man and longtime actor over the years in so many shows, as others have mentioned.My thoughts and sympathy goes out to Ally Mills, another favorite.

  4. Soaphound

    February 8, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    I remember Mr. Bean as an early supporter of Barbra Streisand in the early 1960s when she appeared on his talk show. Imagine the wonderful showbiz stories he must have had. And what a tragic way to go…he will be missed.

  5. Shay

    February 8, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    What a sad, shocking end for such a brilliant and precious individual! As a child, I grew up watching Orson Bean primarily as a talk-show guest/raconteur extraordinaire…his immense intelligence and sparkling wit always appealed to me, even when I was a mere youngster! Of course, his numerous episodic television appearances also delighted me throughout the decades, particularly when he would be at his highly-cantankerous and naughtiest best during his twilight years. He never, ever gave a bad performance! Having said that, perhaps my favorite aspect of Orson Bean was his most recent role as a genial conservative warrior….I truly enjoyed his insightful perspective on politics and popular culture since he had experienced life in Hollywood at both ends of the spectrum, which enabled him to compare and contrast two vastly different world views and subsequently gravitate to the “right!” Add to that, his massive influence on the Damascene political conversion of his son-in-law, the late, great Andrew Breitbart to his way of thinking, which eventually culminated in the launch of the popular eponymous website that survives to this day….an achievement for which Bean shares no small measure of credit. I mention this only because—Mr. Fairman’s fond farewell aside—there are no better, more beautifully-expressed tributes honoring this beloved, magnificent man than the superb ones found at Breitbart this weekend with a multitude of articles respectfully celebrating the overall genius and generous spirit of Orson Bean, written by those who best knew and admired him! They are incomparable in their scope and understanding of this versatile, greatly-engaging entertainer, guaranteed to bring tears to one’s eyes….a must for any avid fan of this much-mourned iconoclast of the 20/21st centuries! Deepest condolences to Bean’s family and friends, especially his dear wife, Alley Mills, and his daughter, Susannah, who has now lost both her father and husband under tragic, untimely circumstances. God Bless Them in Their Sorrow and Rest In Peace, Orson Bean… were a true American original who will be hugely missed but never forgotten!

    • Christine Harmon

      February 11, 2020 at 6:56 am

      Well said, Shay! He will be missed.

      • Shay

        February 11, 2020 at 7:26 pm

        Thank you, Christine Harmon! By the way, I just listened to Orson’s (unfortunately) final podcast interview, and he was every bit the spry, sweet, sage and jovial gentleman as ever…you could easily envision that famously naughty glint in his eyes as he spoke!!! Here was a wise, accomplished elder personage who had lived an amazing life far beyond that of simply an actor, albeit an immensely talented one….and he was truly 91 years young with so very much left to offer!!! It’s an absolute tragedy that he was taken from this world so cruelly and suddenly. I’m still extremely shocked and saddened over his unexpected passing. (P.S. Incidentally, I normally refer to those I respect in a more formal fashion, but I couldn’t bring self to call Orson “Mr. Bean” because that name conjures notions of the buffoonish British comedy character portrayed by Rowan Atkinson! Just saying….)

  6. Llanviewer717

    February 8, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Such tragic news. I enjoyed him so much on “To Tell the Truth” and many, many shows throughout the years. My sympathy to his family. May he rest in peace.

  7. Momo

    February 10, 2020 at 5:13 am

    Shocked when I saw this. I immediately thought of Alley. So sad.

    Was Orson in a crosswalk? I don’t know who had ROW.

    • Momo

      February 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

      I read he was not in a crosswalk. And probably didn’t have ROW. I guess he didn’t see the car and car didn’t see him.

      Be careful when crossing the street!

      • amy hill

        February 19, 2020 at 9:09 am

        it doesn’t matter right of way this person didn’t care was probably ” in a hurry” ran him over …I’d sue the driver no ifs ands or buts!!

  8. Momo

    February 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    That’s a cute picture with the article. One scarf wrapped around them both.

  9. amy hill

    February 19, 2020 at 9:12 am

    I wasn’t really a fan but to go by a hit and run that pissed me off , angered me and shocked me !!! I can only imagine alley who I knew from wonder years then went on to bold & beautiful ….such a shame

    • Momo

      February 19, 2020 at 7:10 pm

      It wasn’t hit and run. Drivers stayed at the scene. It actually sounds like Orson was in the wrong.

      • amy hill

        February 20, 2020 at 10:51 am

        they said hit and run maybe you should read the Google article .on my Android phone the news article said Orson bean killed by hit and run …I’ve seen these things before in my hometown it doesn’t matter who was ” wrong ” a person was killed unexpectedly killed shockingly killed I would die her ass ….a friend of mine almost died because another stupid woman wasn’t paying attention didn’t see her could’ve killed her .they may have both in ” wrong ” but she almost died but she’s such a Christian or tries to be a good human being she didn’t sue the stupid airheaded dingbat woman ….I on the other hand would’ve taken her to court !!

        • Momo

          February 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

          Yes, everything on the Internet is true.

  10. Tamara HodgeWashington

    February 20, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Prayers to Alley Mills with her loss of her husband.

  11. Melissa

    February 22, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    From the Netherlands, Orson rust in vrede. Je was een geweldige acteur.!!

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