Hayden Rorke was born William Henry Rorke in Brooklyn in 1910, the son of actress Margaret Hayden Rorke. A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Rorke began his acting career as part of the Walter Hampden Theatrical Company. After enlisting in the army in during World War II, his film debut came in 1943's This is the Army. That led to roles in several classic films, including An American in Paris and When Worlds Collide. Over the next decade, Rorke became a familiar face in film and TV. On the big screen, he could be seen in The Robe, The Eternal Sea and Pillow Talk. His TV credits included The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, 77 Sunset Strip, The Twilight Zone, Mr. Ed, Bonanza, Perry Mason and The Beverly Hillbillies. He also had recurring roles on No Time for Sergeants (The inspiration for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.) and Dr. Kildare.
Though the veteran of over 50 films, 70 Broadway shows and roughly 400 TV appearances, Rorke will always be remembered as the frequently confounded and always suspicious NASA psychiatrist Dr. Alfred E. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie. The role gave him mainstream fame, and he remained part of the cast until it went off the air in 1970. After Jeannie, Rorke returned to guest-starring roles on various '70s hit series such as Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Wonder Woman and The Love Boat. His last role was the made-for-TV movie reunion I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later. Rorke passed away in 1987 in Toluca Lake, Calif. at the age of 76.