HAYMEN, Dick (September 13, 1918 – March 28, 1980) was an Argentinean-born actor and singer, active in the United States. He was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes who was an actor, television host, and songwriter.
At the age of 17, Haymes moved to Los Angeles where he initially worked as a stunt man and film double. At the age of 19, he moved to New York City where he worked as a vocalist in a number of big bands. On September 3, 1942, Frank Sinatra introduced Haymes on radio as Sinatra's replacement in the Tommy Dorsey band. Prior to joining Dorsey's group, Haymes sang with the Harry James Orchestra.
In 1945 Haymes co-starred with Jeanne Crain, Dana Andrews and Vivian Blaine in the musical State Fair. He teamed with female vocalist Helen Forrest for many hit duets during World War II, including "Together," "I'll Buy That Dream," and "Long Ago and Far Away." He sang with Judy Garland on two Decca recordings of songs from the film “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim”, in which he appeared with Betty Grable.
From 1944 to 1948, he had his own radio program, The Dick Haymes Show, first on NBC and later on CBS.
He paired repeatedly with the Andrews Sisters (Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne) on a dozen or so Decca collaborations, including the Billboard hit "Teresa," "Great Day," "My Sin," and a 1952 rendering of the dramatic ballad "Here in My Heart," backed by the sisters and Nelson Riddle's lush strings. His duets with Patty Andrews were also well received, both on Decca vinyl and on radio's Club Fifteen with the sisters, which he hosted in 1949 and 1950. He also joined Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters for 1947 session that produced the Billboard hit "There's No Business-Like Show Business," as well as "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)." His popular renditions of tender ballads such as "Little White Lies" and "Maybe It’s Because" were recorded with celebrated arranger Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra and chorus.
World War II
Hayme’s birth in Argentina to non-U.S. citizens meant he was not an American citizen. In order to avoid military service during World War II, Haymes asserted his nonbelligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which was neutral at that time. Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper questioned Hayme's; patriotism, but the story had little effect on his career. About that time, he was classified 4-F by the draft board because of hypertension. As part of his draft examination, he was confined for a short period to a hospital on Ellis Island, which confirmed his hypertension.
In 1953, Haymes went to Hawaii (then a territory and, technically, not part of the United States) without first notifying immigration authorities. On returning to the mainland United States, he was nearly deported to Argentina, but won his battle to remain in the United States.
Haymes was married six times, including to film actresses Joanne Dru (1941-1949), Rita Hayworth (1953 -1955), and Fran Jeffries (1958 - 1964). He was also married to Nora Eddington (1949 - 1953), a former wife of Errol Flynn. Hayes had a total of six children-three with Joanne Dru, one with Fran Jeffries, and two with his sixth and final wife, British model Wendy Smith.
On March 28, 1980, Haymes died from lung cancer in at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
He was 61 years old.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Able-Bodied Seaman (uncredited) Dramatic School (1938) - Student (uncredited) Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) - Singer (uncredited) Girl Crazy (1943) - Member, The Pied Pipers (uncredited) Four Jills in a Jeep (1944) - Lt. Dick Ryan Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944) - Ernest R. Ball I Am an American (1944) - Himself (uncredited) Diamond Horseshoe (1945) - Joe Davis Jr. State Fair (1945) - Wayne Frake Fallen Angel (1945) - Himself - JukeBox Vocalist (voice, uncredited) Do You Love Me (1946) - Jimmy Hale The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) - John films/tv
Pritchard Carnival in Costa Rica (1947) - Jeff Stephens Up in Central Park (1948) - John Matthews One Touch of Venus (1948) - Joe Grant Words and Music (1948) - Himself St. Benny the Dip (1951) - Benny Hollywood Fun Festival (1952) - Master of Ceremonies All Ashore (1953) - Joe Carter Let's Do It Again (1953) - Singer - 'I Could Never Love Anyone But You's; (voice, uncredited) Cruisin' Down the River (1953) - Beauregard Clemment / Beau Clemment III Adam-12 (1974) (TV) - Dr. Elroy Gantman Betrayal (1974) (TV) - Harold Porter Won Ton Ton, the104 Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) - James Crawford The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978) (TV - episode "Murder on the Flip Side") - Jason Lamb Real Life (1979) - Councilman Harris (final film role)
Vintage photograph by noted Hollywood photographer James J. Kriegsmann 7.5”x9” borderless of the actor/singer half length pose, smiling. Inscribed and signed: “To Vernan, Sincerely, Dick Haymes.” In very fine condition.........$40.00