In Memory of IDOJ Stars
In Memory Of…..Hayden Rorke
Hayden Rorke was born William Henry Rorke on October 23, 1910, in Brooklyn, NY. Though people called him Bill for most of his early life, he took on the name of Hayden from his mother’s side of the family after high school. He began his stage career in the 1930s, eventually moving to movies. While his most well-known role was that of the confused Dr Alfred Bellows, psychiatrist, on I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1970), he also had a role in No Time for Sergeants (TV, 1964-65) and Mr. Adams and Eve (1957-1958). He also was a guest star on many television shows. Among his hobbies was the breeding of champion bassets. Mr. Rorke’s last TV movie was I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later (1985). He died on August 19, 1987, of multiple myeloma (cancer).
Dr Bellows … we really miss you.
IN MEMORY OF …. EMMALINE HENRY
Emmaline Henry was born in 1930 and
originally aspired to be a singer. She
had a coloratura soprano voice (very high!) and performed on radio shows,
locally, in the Philadelphia area. When
she was in her twenties, she moved to Hollywood and began a career singing in
the chorus of musicals, in theatre. She
understudied Kaye Ballard in Top Banana,
and eventually took over for Carol Channing in the road company of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. She
debuted on television in The Red Skelton
Show in 1961, which led to many guest shots on shows such as The
Munsters, Petticoat Junction, and Green
Acres. After I Dream of
Jeannie, she did guest appearances on other television shows, including The
Bob Newhart Show (which featured Bill Daily as “Howard Borden”), Three’s
Company, and Eight is Enough. She
never married, and died on October 8, 1979.
She is buried in Holy Cross Cemetary, Culver City, CA, the same resting
place of her television husband, Hayden Rorke.
IN MEMORY OF …. BARTON MACLANE
Barton MacLane, a.k.a. “General Peterson” was born on December 25, 1902, in South Carolina. Mostly, he played supporting actors in “B” grade films, often portraying gangsters, thugs, and cops. He later moved into westerns. Some of his more well-known movies including The Maltese Falcon (starring Humphrey Bogart), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (also starring Bogart) and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He was only on two television shows. One was The Outlaws (1961-1962), and the other, I Dream of Jeannie (1965-1969). He had graduated from Wesleyan University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was also an avid card player, inventing a card holder for canasta players. Barton MacLane died on January 1, 1969, of double pneumonia, having completed most of the Season 4 filming for IDOJ. He is buried at Pierre Brother Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, CA.
IN MEMORY OF … VINTON HAYWORTH
Vinton Hayworth, who played General Schaeffer on I Dream of Jeannie during its fifth and final season, was born on June 4, 1906, in Washington, D.C. He began on radio in the D.C. area, moving to WOR in New York later. In Chicago, later, he was one of the original radio news broadcasters. He also played Jack Arnold in the radio program Myrt and Marge. In 1942 he moved to Broadway in a production of Doughgirls, and two years later moved to Southern California to make films. Dancer Ginger Rogers was his niece (his wife Jean Owens Hayworth and Ginger’s mother Lela Rogers were sisters). He was a founding member of Amn Federation of Radio Artists, which became AFTRA when it added Television, and was president of AFTRA for 3 years (1951-1954). He worked in many feature films plus was a regular on Disney’s TV show Zorro. Hayworth died on May 21, 1970, just a few short months after finishing the fifth season of I Dream of Jeannie. He was cremated, and the location of his ashes are unknown.