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Orson Bean death: Desperate Housewives star dies aged 91 after being struck by two cars

The Independent logo The Independent 08/02/2020 Roisin O'Connor
Alley Mills wearing a white shirt © Provided by The Independent

Desperate Housewives star Orson Bean has died after being struck by two cars while crossing the road in Venice, California, according to US media reports. He was 91.

Los Angeles police told ABC News that a pedestrian was walking in the area of Venice Boulevard area when he was clipped by one vehicle and fell.

Other bystanders tried to warn a second driver, but he also struck the pedestrian. Police say the second collision was fatal. Both drivers stayed at the scene.

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“The car coming westbound did not see him and clipped him and he went down,” said Los Angeles Police Department Captain 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.”

Police did not identify the pedestrian, but a friend of the veteran actor who witnessed the collision confirmed to Eyewitness News that Bean had been killed.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17:  Actor Orson Bean attends the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'The Equalizer 2' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) © Getty HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 17: Actor Orson Bean attends the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'The Equalizer 2' at TCL Chinese Theatre on July 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) Bean appeared in more than 100 TV episodes and films, in a career that spanned more than six decades.

His credits include films such as Being John Malkovich and Miracle on 34th Street, as well as TV roles in shows including Modern Family and The Bold and the Beautiful.

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He had a recurring role in Desperate Housewives between 2009 to 2012, and appeared in the film The Equalizer 2 in 2018.

Bean was married to actor Alley Mills, best known for her role in The Wonder Years, for 27 years. The pair had recently appeared together in a play called Bad Habits. According to reports, Mills was at the scene when Bean was killed.

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