Hayden Rorke Movies and Career Information

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Oct 23, 1910
Brooklyn
Actor

William Henry Rorke (October 23, 1910 - August 19, 1987) was an American actor best known for playing the psychiatrist Col. Dr. Alfred E. Bellows on the hit 60's sitcom I Dream of Jeannie. Born William Henry Rorke in Brooklyn, New York in 1910, he was the son of screen and stage actress Margaret Hayden Rorke and took his stage name from her maiden name. He attended Brooklyn Prep School, where he was president of the Dramatics Society and the Student Government and a member of the Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. He continued his education 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 W. Reagan, for which 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

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