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|Known for:||Being John Malkovich, The Hobbit, Anatomy of a Murder|
|Birth name:||Dallas Frederick Burroughs|
|Birthday:||22 July 1928, Burlington, Vermont, USA|
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TriviaHe was blacklisted in the 1950s. Founding member of 'Sons of the Desert,' a national organization dedicated to the memory and films of comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. His father George was the chief of the Harvard campus police. Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 38. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 Bean made frequent guest appearances on "The Tonight Show" (with both Jack Paar and Johnny Carson). 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 '50s. 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.