Born Dallas Frederick Burrows on the 22nd July 1928 in Burlington, Vermont USA, Orson is a film, television and stage actor, perhaps best known to the world as Loren Bray in the soap opera “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” (1993-1998), and as Dr. Lester in the film “Being John Malkovich” (1999), while he has also been a panelist of several game shows, such as “Match Game 73” (1974-1976). His career started in the early ‘50s.
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Orson is the son of Marian Ainsworth and George Frederick Burrows, and a distant cousin of former president of the USA Calvin Coolidge. He attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, after which he joined the US Army in Japan, and served for two years.
Following his return from the forces, Orson started his career in the nightclubs of New York, under the name Orson, adopted due to popularity of the film star Orson Welles. Little by little, his name started became more known, and he landed a gig at the Blue Angel nightclub, a performance that launched him into stardom. Through the ‘50s, Orson made his Broadway debut in the “Stalag 17” (1953), then appeared in “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954), “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1955), among many others. Throughout his career Orson continued to make Broadway appearances, such as in “Subways Are For Sleeping” (1961), “I Was Dancing” (1964), and more, which helped him on his way up the ladder.
His first big break as a panelist came in the late ‘50s when he started hosting “To Tell The Truth”, up until the late ‘90s. The show celebrated his name, and also increased his net worth. He made several more notable appearances as a panelist, on such game shows as “The Match Game” (1963-1969), “The Match Game 73” (1974-1976), and many others, further increasing his net worth.
When it comes to his career as an actor, Orson made almost 100 film and TV appearances, however, few roles are worthy of mentioning. In the ‘50s he was blacklisted for the Hollywood films, due to his liberal statements and opinion. Nevertheless in 1959 he had a role in the mystery drama “Anatomy of a Murder”, directed by Otto Preminger and staring James Stewart, Lee Remick and Ben Gazzara. In 1970 he featured next to Charles Bronson in the romantic drama “Lola”, while in the late ‘70s he voiced Bilbo Baggins in the animated film “The Hobbit” (1977), and in 1980 voiced Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in the sequel “The Return of the King”. His next big role was as Dr. Berlin in the romantic drama “Instant Karma” (1990), starring Craig Sheffer and Annette Sinclair. Then from 1993 until 1998 he portrayed Loren Bray in the soap opera “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”, while in 1999 he was Dr. Lester in “Being John Malkovich”, starring John Cusack and Cameron Diaz.
With the beginning of ‘00s, Orson’s popularity began to decline, although he still easily captured new roles, they were only brief appearances in B production films, such as “The Gristle” (2001), and “Game of Life” (2007). He bounced back with the role of Roy Bender in the TV series “Desperate Housewives” (2009-2012), while most recently, he featured in the comedy “Wake Up America”, starring Lilan Bowden and George Wendt, which also improved his wealth.
Orson is also an accomplished author; so far he has published four books, including his autobiography “Me and the Origone” (1972), which depicts his work with psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich, and “[email protected] for Mikey” (2007), which is his latest publication.
Regarding his personal life, Orson has been married to 23 year old younger actress Alley Mills since 1993, and has two divorces behind him. His first wife was Rain Winslow; the couple was married from 1956 until 1962, and they have one child together. Orson’s second wife was actress Carolyn Maxwell; the couple was married from 1965 until 1981, and have three children together.
"My best friend, greatest support system, and incredible grandfather has posted his entire award winning one man show on YouTube for the world to see for free. He had an offer to bring the show to NY but instead decided he just wanted to spread joy for all to be able to see (and laugh, and cry etc). That speaks more about his character than anything I could write here. In summary: do yourself a favor and watch this.".
Frequent contributor to "Big Hollywood", which was the original blog created by his late son-in-law, Andrew Breitbart. "Big Hollywood" has become one of many subsections of Breitbart.com.
He studied drama at HB Studios in Greenwich Village in New York City.
On one To Tell the Truth (1956) episode in 1965, the panel was to try to guess which of three contestants was the police chief of Harvard University. The happily stunned Bean disqualified himself from the questioning as it was his own father.
Was the founder of the arts-oriented 15th Street School of New York.
Though blacklisted for his outspoken liberal views in the early 1950s, he had become an ardent supporter of Richard Nixon during the 1968 Presidential election year. Nixon had been a notorious "Red-Baiter" in the 1940s and 1950s.
Blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studios in the 1950s.
[referring to one of the world's deadliest snakes] The Gaboon Viper, so named because it bites you on the gaboon.
[on his pierced left ear] I say it's for purposes self-adornment. That's all. And, you know, we are the only species in life where the male is less grand than the female. [The Tonight Show, May 25, 1978]
[on his pierced left ear] What the hell? I think, you know, if a pirate can wear an earring, why can't I wear an earring? Why should we be the only male of a species that isn't into adornment? [The Tonight Show, Feb. 5, 1976]
The trap is man's armored character structure and there's only one way out of it. It's not drugs and it's not religion and it's not politics. It's going back to the old apple tree and trying to do better than Adam and Eve did.