LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously voted to rename a private driveway adjacent to the Pacific Resident Theater in Venice in honor of late character actor Orson Bean, a longtime Venetian who worked as a creative Had worked as curator and frequent artist for the venue. ,
Bean, 91, died on February 7, 2020, when he was hit by two vehicles while crossing Venice Boulevard on his way to the theater to meet his wife, actress Elle Mills, for a performance.
Shortly after his death, City Councilman Mike Bonin introduced a motion to rename a small street known as Pisani Place between Venice Boulevard and Amoroso Court in Bean’s honor. When researching the proposal, however, city employees realized that the road had actually been turned into a private driveway.
But Bonin persisted in attempting to change the name, and the council approved the driveway’s honorary nomenclature on Friday.
In his original 2020 proposal, Bonin called Bean “a Venetian icon, a popular local figure you could see at the Venice farmers market when you weren’t watching him on TV.”
“Married to actress Ellie Mills for over 25 years, he was a staunch advocate for Venice, receiving the 2016 Venice Spirit Award at the 32nd Abbott Kinney Festival, and most recently becoming a member of the Venice Mar Vista Art Coalition,” stated in speed.
“Orson Bean tragically lost his life just steps away from his beloved Pacific Resident Theatre, which is adjacent to Pisani Place,” Bonin wrote. “The Venetian community lost a neighbor, the community’s advocate, and the bright light of optimism and generosity. It is fitting that we rename this part of Pisani Place in his honor.”
Born Dallas Burroughs, Bean was a Tony Award-nominated stage performer who also enjoyed success on the big and small screens and as a stand-up comedian.
His film credits included “Being John Malkovich,” “Equalizer 2” and “Anatomy of a Murder” with Denzel Washington.
On television, one of her best-known roles was the 1993–98 CBS western “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”
Most recently, he appeared in “Modern Family” and played the role of Roy Bender, Karen McCluskey’s husband, in the three final seasons of “Desperate Housewives.”
Other TV credits include “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” “Forever Fernwood,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and as a panelist on various versions of TV’s “To Tell the Truth.”
Bean’s stage career in the Broadway production “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” With Walter Matthau and Jayne Mansfield, “Subway Are For Sleeping,” “Never Too Late” and “Ilya Darling.”
As a comic, he appeared on “The Tonight Show” more than 200 times, where he was also a frequent substitute host.
His final appearance on stage was starring alongside his wife in an extended sold-out run of the world premiere “Bad Habits”, which ran from late November 2019 to January 2020 at the Ruskin Group Theater in Santa Monica.