June 4, 1906|
Washington D.C., U.S.
May 21, 1970 (aged 63)|
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,[note 1] 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 Winfield Schaeffer in the fourth and fifth seasons of the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. He is the uncle of Rita Hayworth, as well as being the uncle (by marriage) of 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 played Fred Andrews on Archie Andrews, was an announcer on Chaplain Jim,:70-71 played Philip Roberts on It's Higgins, Sir,:166 played Port on Lone Journey,:204 played Alonzo Smith on Meet Me in St. Louis,:223 and played Jack Arnold on Myrt and Marge.:249
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 was also one of the founders of AFRA (later AFTRA), the union representing radio and television artists, of which he was also the president from 1951-54.
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.:490-491 Hayworth replaced Barton MacLane, who had played General Martin Peterson until his death in 1969. Coincidentally, both Hayworth and MacLane died before the final episodes in which they appeared had been broadcast.
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.
- Enlighten Thy Daughter (1934) - Stanley Jordan
- Without Orders (1936) - Len Kendrick
- Night Waitress (1936) - George Skinner
- That Girl from Paris (1936) - Reporter (uncredited)
- We're on the Jury (1937) - Mr. M. Williams - Defense Attorney
- Sea Devils (1937) - Defense Counsel (uncredited)
- China Passage (1937) - Tommy Baldwin
- You Can't Buy Luck (1937) - Paul Vinette
- Riding on Air (1937) - Harvey Schumann
- Danger Patrol (1937) - Ed
- Hitting a New High (1937) - Carter Haig
- This Marriage Business (1938) - Attorney Lloyd Wilson
- Law of the Underworld(1938) - Eddie
- Vivacious Lady (1938) - Druggist (uncredited)
- Blind Alibi (1938) - Dirk
- Crime Ring (1938) - Buzzell
- Carefree (1938) - Elevator Operator (uncredited)
- Fugitives for a Night (1938) - Barrington (uncredited)
- Mr. Doodle Kicks Off (1938) - Henchman (uncredited)
- The Mad Miss Manton (1938) - Peter's Secretary (uncredited)
- A Man to Remember (1938) - Huber (uncredited)
- Tarnished Angel (1938) - Dan 'Dandy' Bennett
- Fixer Dugan (1939) - Frank Darlow
- When Tomorrow Comes (1939) - Radio Technician (uncredited)
- The Day the Bookies Wept (1939) - Harry, Rider with Margie
- Sued for Libel (1939) - Dr. James L. Bailer
- That's Right - You're Wrong (1939) - Producer (uncredited)
- Oh Johnny, How You Can Love (1940) - The Chaser
- Danger on Wheels (1940) - Bruce Crowley
- Framed (1940) - Nick
- Enemy Agent (1940) - Lester Taylor
- Love, Honor, and Oh Baby! (1940) - Man with Susan
- Cross-Country Romance (1940) - Dist. Atty. J. Holmby (uncredited)
- Millionaires in Prison (1940) - 'Windy' Windsor
- Margie (1940) - Young Man (uncredited)
- Argentine Nights (1940) - Ship Officer (uncredited)
- Mexican Spitfire Out West (1940) - Mr. Brown (uncredited)
- Lucky Devils (1941) - Bradford
- The Saint in Palm Springs (1941) - Charlie - Desk Clerk (uncredited)
- Tight Shoes (1941) - Reporter (uncredited)
- Tillie the Toiler (1941) - Wally Whipple
- The Stork Pays Off (1941) - Todd Perry (uncredited)
- New York Town (1941) - Gentleman on Boat (uncredited)
- The Mexican Spitfire's Baby (1941) - Rudolph - the Hotel Clerk
- Two-Faced Woman (1941) - Guide (uncredited)
- Playmates (1941) - Radio Commentator (uncredited)
- To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) - Officer at Dance (uncredited)
- Juke Box Jenny (1942) - Brother Childs
- Junior G-Men of the Air (1942) - Flyer [Ch. 2] (uncredited)
- Spy Smasher (1942) - Camera Shop Clerk [Ch. 6] (uncredited)
- Saboteur (1942) - Will - Other Man in Movie (uncredited)
- You're Telling Me (1942) - Announcer (uncredited)
- There's One Born Every Minute (1942) - Photographer (uncredited)
- The Pride of the Yankees (1942) - Fraternity Boy (uncredited)
- Mexican Spitfire's Elephant (1942) - Parks, Hotel Regal Manager (uncredited)
- The Mummy's Tomb (1942) - Frank, Reporter (uncredited)
- Behind the Eight Ball (1942) - Bobby Leonard
- The Powers Girl (1943) - Announcer at Annual Preview (uncredited)
- It Comes Up Love (1943) - Photographer (uncredited)
- It Ain't Hay (1943) - Golfer (uncredited)
- Ladies' Day (1943) - Movie Director (uncredited)
- Backfire (1950) - Waiter (uncredited)
- The Girl He Left Behind (1956) - Arthur Shaeffer
- The Great Man (1956) - Charley Carruthers
- Spartacus (1960) - Metallius (uncredited)
- Police Dog Story (1961) - Harley A. Crenshaw - Police Commissioner
- Youngblood Hawke (1964) - Urban Webber (uncredited)
- Quick, Let's Get Married (1964) - Aguesta, Town Banker
- Chamber of Horrors (1966) - Judge Walter Randolph
- 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.
- Biography, Answer.com
- Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
- "China Passage: Abbreviated View". American Film Institute. Retrieved November 26, 2015.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 145–146. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
- "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.
- Vinton Hayworth on IMDb
- Vinton Hayworth at Find a Grave
- Vinton Hayworth 1958 Buick commercial - YouTube video
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