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Vinton Haworth

Highest Rated:   100% Vivacious Lady (1938)
Lowest Rated:   25% The Two-Faced Woman (1941)
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As a screen performer, Vinton Hayworth had an evolution similar to that of his older contemporary, Ernest Truex, beginning in weasley and milquetoast roles (often as good-natured but conniving husbands) and aging into dignified character parts; screen work, however, was only a small part of his career. Born Vinton Haworth in Washington, D.C., in 1906, he began acting in his late teens. Possessed of a melodious voice, he was a pioneering radio announcer in the early '20s, first in Washington, later in New York, and then in Chicago, where he became familiar to the public as one of the first identifiable newscasters in the new medium. Subsequently, he also appeared on numerous radio programs in various roles. Hayworth entered movies in 1933, under the stage name Jack Arnold (not to be confused with the movie director of that name), and made appearances in small roles under that name, as well as under his real name. He usually played comically good-natured, sneaky characters, such as nervous husbands trying to get a night out away from the wife. His appearances as Jack Arnold ended in the early '40s and he did a two-year stint on Broadway, from 1942 to 1944, in the cast of Doughgirls before returning to California. His appearances in film from the late '50s onward, usually in crafty but dignified roles, were under his own name, to which he added the "y" to the spelling in the mid-'60s. By that time, Hayworth, sporting a dignified moustache and thinning, elegant silvery hair, had settled into avuncular character parts, in anthology series such as Alfred Hitchcock Presents and on programs like Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Dennis The Menace, Petticoat Junction, Hazel, and The Munsters. On Green Acres, he played Dr. Faber, the long-suffering New York phyisican to Eddie Albert's Oliver Wendell Douglas. He is best remembered for his portrayal of General Schaeffer, Tony Nelson's commanding officer in I Dream of Jeannie for the series' final two seasons. Haworth, who had been a leading anti-communist spokesman for his profession during the 1930's and 1940's, became notorious during the early/mid-1950s for his participation in the blacklist while an officer of AFTRA and also a leader of Aware, Inc., an anti-communist "screening" organization that regularly named members of the acting profession as suspect. He and the slate that he headed within the union organized against accused and alleged communists and also moderates who were opposed to the warfare between the right and the left, and Haworth became so well-known for his political activities that he was considered unemployable by many producers, this in a time when anti-communism was in the ascent. His career recovered somewhat in the 1960's as the passions over this issue died down. Haworth passed away in 1970, at the age of 63. His wife, the former Jean Owens, was the aunt of actress Ginger Rogers.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Chamber of Horrors
  • Judge Randolph
1966
96% Spartacus
  • Metallius
1960
No Score Yet The Great Man
  • Charley Carruthers
1957
No Score Yet The Girl He Left Behind
  • Arthur Sheaffer
1956
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant
  • Hotel Manager
1942
82% Saboteur
  • Other Man in Movie
1942
92% The Pride of the Yankees
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet To the Shores of Tripoli
  • Officer
1942
No Score Yet Playmates
  • Commentator
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby
  • Hotel Clerk
1941
No Score Yet The Saint in Palm Springs
  • Hotel Clerk
1941
25% The Two-Faced Woman
  • Guide
1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West
  • Brown
1940
No Score Yet Love, Honor & Oh-Baby!
  • Man with Susan
1940
No Score Yet Danger on Wheels
  • Bruce Crowley
1940
No Score Yet When Tomorrow Comes
  • Radio Technician
1939
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept
  • Taxi Custodian
1939
No Score Yet The Mad Miss Manton
  • Peter's Secretary
1938
100% Vivacious Lady
  • Druggist
1938
No Score Yet This Marriage Business
  • Lloyd
1938
No Score Yet Law of the Underworld
  • Eddie
1938
No Score Yet Riding on Air
  • Harvey Schumann
1937
No Score Yet That Girl from Paris
  • Reporter
1936
No Score Yet Without Orders
  • Len Kendrick
1936

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