Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Hayworth
Vinton Hayworth played the role of the Edwards Air Force Base commander General Schaeffer, on the series in Seasons 4-5.
General Information:
Sex: Male
Date of birth: (1906-06-04)June 4, 1906
Born in: Washington, DC, U.S.
Died: May 21, 1970(1970-05-21) (aged 63)
Died in: Van Nuys, CA, U.S.
Years active: 1921-1970
Series/character information
Appeared on/in: I Dream of Jeannie
Number of
35 in Seasons 4-5
Character played/
Appeared as:
General Winfield Schaeffer

Veteran TV/film actor Vinton Hayworth (June 4, 1906 – May 21, 1970) appeared in the recurring role of General Winfield Schaeffer on I Dream of Jeannie in Seasons 4-5. A talented, versatile actor, playwright and screenwriter, Vinton began in weaselly and milquetoast roles and aged into dignified character parts.[1]


Life and career

Born in Washington, D.C., he began acting in his late teens. He was a pioneering radio announcer in the early 1920s, first in Washington, later in New York City, and then in Chicago.[1] Subsequently, he appeared on numerous radio programs in various roles. He entered movies in 1933, under the stage name Jack Arnold and made appearances in small roles, usually played comically good-natured, sneaky characters. His appearances as Jack Arnold ended in the early 1940s and he did a two year stint on Broadway from 1942-44 before returning to California. He made appearances in film from the late 1950s onward.

Hayworth was also one of the founders of AFRA (later AFTRA), the union representing radio and television artists, of which he was also the president from 1951-54.[2]

Vinton appeared in many guest TV series roles in the 1960's, which included Zorro, Green Acres, and Dick Tracy.

Personal life

Vinton was married to actress Jean Owens. Owens´s sister was Lela Ownes, mother of actress Ginger Rogers. He was also uncle to actress Rita Hayworth.


Shortly after completing his recurring role of General Schaeffer in I Dream of Jeannie, Hayworth died of a heart attack on May 21, 1970. He died five days before I Dream of Jeannie aired its last first-run episode. His remains were cremated.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Biography,
  2. Although some sources cite Vinton Hayworth's real surname as Haworth, the Haworth Association genealogy site includes an excerpt from the 1900 Census for Washington City, District of Columbia which clearly shows the surname as Hayworth. The genealogy site indicates that his great-grandfather changed the original name from Haworth to Hayworth.
  3. Find a Grave

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