NO TOMORROW FOR ORSON
Yes, how many obscure chart acts can we reference? Perennial film and TV actor Orson Bean made it to 91 years, but sadly his bright idea of crossing a road without looking has left one theme team looking at the unnatural death bonus. Just goes to show you, all that exercise is a killer. He was probably the one actor to appear in both the original Twilight Zone (as Mr Bevis) and How I Met Your Mother (as the image of how Ted sees one of Robin’s boyfriends). Other TV roles included The Love Boat (isn’t that name familiar?), 2 appearances on Murder She Wrote and as Bilbo Baggins himself in the 1970s animated Lord of the Rings films. He had roles in the acclaimed Anatomy of a Murder and Being John Malkovich, but also Soccer Dog: European Cup. Sums up the career of a character actor, that does.
Blacklisted during the McCarthy era for shagging a Communist (“she was cute” was his reasonable defence), Orson was a Tonight Show regular, a Tony Award nominated stage actor, a panel show regular, and had been accused of stand up comedy.
He was picked by one team, Syndication Zombies, and lives up to their name. Despite being in his 90s, a double dose of bonus points gives a pretty penny to their cause. I guess jaywalking ain’t no party, and now its down to the culture vultures…
22 July 1928 – 7 February 2020