‘Desperate Housewives’ Star Killed by Car in Venice Beach, California


Orson Bean, accomplished American actor, was killed in a “traffic-related” fatality in Venice, CA on Friday, February 7. Bean, who had a long recurring role on “Desperate Housewives” as Roy Bender, was 91 years old.

Bean also had roles in “Grace and Frankie,” “Superstore,” “Teachers,” “Another Period,” “Modern Family,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Two and a Half Men,” “7th Heaven,” “Will & Grace,” “Being John Malkovich” and more than 100 other shows and films.

Fellow “Desperate Housewives” star Eva Longoria spoke about Bean on Instagram.

Orson Bean Killed by Two Cars

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office report that Orson Bean was walking along Venice Boulevard when a vehicle coming westbound clipped him.

“The car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him and he went down,” said Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling. “A second vehicle was coming up, was distracted by people trying to slow him down and then looked up and then a second traffic collision occurred and that one was fatal.”

Bean Crossing Street to See Wife Alley Mills

The tragic accident occurred as Bean was crossing the street toward the Pacific Resident Theatre where his wife, actress Alley Mills works. Mills is known for her role as Norma Arnold in “The Wonder Years,” Kevin Arnold’s friendly and outgoing mother.

Bean and Mills were married for 27 years.

Bean and Mills had recently been performing in a play called “Bad Habits” at the Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica.

Stars Remember Orson Bean

Orson Bean is remembered with love and affection by his peers in the industry.

Fox News journalist and comedian Greg Gutfield wrote of Orson Bean, “He was a relentless, entertainment machine (like no other) and no one who met him didn’t come away thinking they had just met someone from another world.”

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

We wish peace and healing to Alley Mills, Bean’s four children and the friends who so deeply loved the actor in this difficult time.