Hayden Rorke

American actor

William Henry Rorke (October 23, 1910 – August 19, 1987) was an American actor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He was best known for playing Colonel Dr. Alfred E. Bellows on the 1960s American sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.

Rorke in 1968

Rorke died on August 19, 1987 at his home in Toluca Lake, California of multiple myeloma at the age of 76.[1]

In a 2011 memoir by Jeannie co-star Barbara Eden revealed that Rorke was "unashamed to be gay" and that they were close friends.[2]


  1. "Jeannie's 'Dr. Bellows' dead at 76". Boca Raton News. Associated Press. August 21, 1987. p. 2B. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. ""'I Dream Of Jeannie' Star Barbara Eden Unbottles Her Tragic Life in Memoir", p. 153-154, 173". Archived from the original on 2020-11-16. Retrieved 2021-03-28.

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