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Subject: FUN FACT: Orson Bean was born Dallas Frederick Burrows, changing it for his stage name, suggested by a early fellow performer because it just sounded funnier. ...


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Bean began his career as a magician, and explained his name to fellow amateur magician Johnny Carson, on his show.
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Date Posted: Sunday, February 09, 03:01:30am
In reply to: Per his publicist. 's message, "Orson Bean, comedic legend, killed in pedestrian accident this evening." on Friday, February 07, 10:27:39pm

In the early 1950s, Bean began working in small venues as a stage magician before transitioning in the early 1950s to stand-up comedy. He studied theatre at HB Studio. It was during that time when he stopped using his birth name professionally and adopted the stage name Orson Bean. In an interview on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1974, Bean recounted the source of his new name. ...
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He credited its origin to a piano player named Val at "Hurley's Log Cabin", a restaurant and nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had once performed. According to Bean, every evening before he went on stage at the nightclub, Val would suggest to him a silly name to use when introducing himself to the audience. One night, for example, the piano player suggested "Roger Duck", but the young comedian got very few laughs after using that name in his performance. On another night, however, the musician suggested "Orson Bean", and the comedian received a great response from the audience, a reaction so favorable that it resulted in a job offer that same evening from a local theatrical booking agent. Given his success on that occasion, Bean decided to keep using the odd-sounding but memorable name.

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FUN FACT 2: Orson Bean's dad was a founding member of the ACLU! (NT)...and his daughter married Breitbart!??Sunday, February 09, 03:06:43am


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