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Hayden Rorke
Birth: Oct. 23, 1910
Brooklyn
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 19, 1987
Toluca Lake
California, USA

Actor, best remembered for his role of Colonel (Doctor) Alfred E. Bellows in the television sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965 – 1970). Born William Henry Rorke in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of screen and stage actress, Margaret Hayden Rorke, and took his stage name from his mother’s maiden name. He was educated at the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts and began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. During World War II, he enlisted into the Army, where he made his film debut in the musical “This is the Army” (1943) starring Ronald Reagan, where he was uncredited as the stage manager and as a soldier in the background. Following the war, he left the Army and worked in small parts on Broadway, finally returning to Hollywood for the 1949 film, “Lust for Gold,” again uncredited. However, it was an opening, and in later films, beginning with “Rope of Sand” (1949), he is listed in the credits, although he again shows up uncredited in the 1950 films “Kim” and “The Magnificent Yankee,” as well as a couple of later films (in those days, small bit parts were often uncredited). He continues to make movies, taking on supporting roles, in such films as “Father’s Little Dividend” (1951), “Francis Goes to the Races” (1951), “When Worlds Collide” (1951), “Wild Stallion” (1952), “Project Moon Base” (1953), and “Pillow Talk” (1959). He played the on several guest roles on television, winning the role of Colonel Farnsworth in the short lived 1964 television sitcom “No Time for Sergeants” (based upon the movie of the same name). However, it is for his role of Dr. Alfred E. Bellows, the NASA medical officer in the television sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie” for which he is most remembered. His last film was to reprise the role of Dr. Bellows in the television movie “I Dream of Jeannie: 15 years later” (1985). He died in Toluca Lake, California from multiple myeloma (cancer of the bone marrow) at the age of 76. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 
 
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  Margaret Hayden Rorke (1883 - 1969)
 
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Holy Cross Cemetery
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 30, 1999
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- elaine bailey
 Added: Mar. 12, 2014
To a great actor ... in one of the best sitcoms of all time
- Brandon
 Added: Jan. 29, 2014
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