June 4, 1906|
Washington D.C., U.S.
|Died||May 21, 1970
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, playwright, screenwriter|
Vinton Hayworth (June 4, 1906 – May 21, 1970), also known as Jack Arnold and Vincent Haworth, was an American actor, playwright and screenwriter who began in weaselly and milquetoast roles and aged into dignified character parts. He appeared in over 90 films during his career, as well as on numerous television shows. He is most likely best known for his final role, that of General Schaeffer on the sit-com I Dream of Jeannie, which he played on the final three seasons of the show. He is the uncle to film legend, Rita Hayworth, as well as being the uncle (by marriage) of another screen legend, Ginger Rogers.
Born in Washington, D.C., he began acting in his late teens. He was a pioneering radio announcer in the early 1920s, first in Washington, later in New York City, and then in Chicago. Subsequently, he appeared on numerous radio programs in various roles. He entered movies in 1933, under the stage name Jack Arnold and made appearances in small roles, usually played comically good-natured, sneaky characters. Although he did occasionally have larger parts, such as the starring role in 1937's China Passage, billed as Vinton Haworth. His appearances as Jack Arnold ended in the early 1940s and he did a two-year stint on Broadway from 1942-44 before returning to California. He made appearances in film from the late 1950s onward.
Hayworth began appearing on television in the 1950s. He appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Dennis the Menace, Petticoat Junction, Ripcord, Hazel, The Munsters, Green Acres (1965) and Dick Tracy (1967). He played Magistrado Carlos Galindo on Disney's Zorro (1957-1959). His final role was as General Winfield Schaeffer on I Dream of Jeannie between 1969 and 1970. Hayworth replaced Barton MacLane, who had played General Martin Peterson until his death in 1969. Both Hayworth and MacLane died before the final episodes that they appeared in were aired.
Shortly after completing his recurring role of General Winfield Schaeffer in I Dream of Jeannie, Hayworth died on May 21, 1970.
Hayworth was married to actress Jean Owens whose sister was Lela Owens, mother of actress Ginger Rogers. Hayworth's elder sister was Volga Hayworth, mother of screen star Rita Hayworth, making Vinton Hayworth maternal uncle of both Rita Hayworth and Ginger Rogers.
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- "China Passage: Abbreviated View". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
- Although some sources cite Vinton Hayworth's real surname as Haworth, the Haworth Association genealogy site includes an excerpt from the 1900 Census for Washington City, District of Columbia which clearly shows the surname as Hayworth. The genealogy site indicates that his great-grandfather changed the original name from Haworth to Hayworth.
- "TV's Vincent Hayworth Has Two Beauties Saying 'Uncle'". The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Texas). January 29, 1951. p. 6. Retrieved August 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.