Veteran actor Orson Bean, 91, was struck and killed by a vehicle in Venice, California, Friday night, multiple media outlets reported.
A witness to the accident and friend of the longtime star of the big and small screens confirmed the actor’s death to KABC.
According to Los Angeles police, a pedestrian was clipped by one vehicle in front of the Pacific Resident Theatre on Venice Boulevard, fell and was fatally struck by a second vehicle. Investigators told the TV station initial indications are that the collisions were accidental.
Bean, whose career spanned more than seven decades, appeared in such films as “Being John Malkovich,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Equalizer 2.”
According to TMZ, Bean was also a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show” and a recurring game show fixture on “To Tell the Truth” from the late 1950s through 1991. He also appeared on “Super Password,” “The Match Game,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “7th Heaven,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Modern Family” and “Desperate Housewives.”
He most appeared most recently on “Superstore,” KABC reported.
Bean had been married to actress Alley Mills, whom witnesses told KABC was at the scene of the accident, for 27 years.
The couple had been performing together in a Ruskin Group Theatre production of “Bad Habits,” which just finished its schedule run in Santa Monica last week, the TV station reported.
Reaction to his passing flooded social media early Saturday morning.