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Born: July 22, 1928 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Burlington, Vermont, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Parkinsville, Vermont followed by stint in Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Left home at age 16 after his mother's suicide
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Made show business debut as stand-up comic in NYC
1952:
Was a panelist on CBS' "I've Got a Secret"
1953:
New York stage debut, "Men of Distinction"
1954:
Hosted clever variety show, "The Blue Angel" (CBS), a summer replacement for "See It Now"
1955:
Feature debut, "How to Be Very, Very Popular"
1955:
Starred on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"
1955:
Acted in star-studded "The Best of Broadway" (CBS) presentation of "Arsenic and Old Lace", with Helen Hayes, Billie Burke, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Edward Everet Horton; played Mortimer Brewster
1956:
Returned to Broadway as Ensign Pulver in "Mr Roberts"
1957:
Appeared in "Playhouse 90" production of "Charley's Aunt"
1959:
Played Dr Smith in "Anatomy of a Murder"
1959:
Regular on Merv Griffin-hosted version of "Keep Talking" (ABC)
1960:
Acted title role of "Mr Bevis", an eccentric young man loved by everyone and watched over by a guardian angel in a celebrated episode of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS)
1962:
Received Tony nomination as Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical for "Subways Are for Sleeping"
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Was a regular panelist on "To Tell the Truth" (CBS)
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Appeared as panelist on the syndicated revival of "To Tell the Truth"
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Portrayed Reverend Brim in last season of the syndicated soap spoof "Forever Fernwood", a revamp of "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1978:
Received Grammy nomination (with John Huston and Hans Conreid), best recording for children, for NBC's animated special "The Hobbit"; Bean was the voice of Bilbo Baggins
1984:
Provided the voice of Billy Rabbit for CBS animated special "Garfield in the Rough"
1987:
Played Lydia's editor in "Innerspace"
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Had regular role of the folksy frontier storekeeper Loren Bray in "Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman" (CBS)
1997:
Directed a Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble production of "The Quick-Change Room" at the Intar Theater (NYC's Theater Row); starred wife Alley Mills
1998:
Wrapped "Unbowed", acting in this project funded, in part, by a California state grant, under a provision of the Federal Job Training Partnership Act; Filmanthropic production company founded to provide on-the-job training to Hollywood's minorities, women, disabled and over-40 community
1999:
Co-starred in "Being John Malkovich"
2000:
Returned to series TV as co-star of "Normal, Ohio", a fall Fox sitcom starring John Goodman
2001:
Played Ben Franklin in the L.A. Reprise! production of "1776"

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