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Dick Haymes
Born September 13, 1918
Died March 28, 1980

Arguably one of the best singers of the twentieth century, Dick Haymes was born in Argentina to a Scots/Irish father and Irish mother, but brought to the U.S. as an infant. Dick inherited his vocal gift from his mother who made ends meet during the Depression as a singer and voice teacher. A music gig in 1931 caught the eye of a local band leader and soon Dick was moving up, but it was slow-going. In 1939, while Dick was trying to pitch his songwriting talents to band leader Harry James, he ended up his featured vocalist, instead. During the war years Dick hooked up with the Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey orchestras before deciding to go solo. Nabbing his own radio program in addition to a Decca recording contract, Twentieth Century Fox soon expressed interest in his musical talents. Among his many film leads were State Fair (1945) opposite Jeanne Crain and Vivian Blaine, Diamond Horseshoe (1945) and The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947) both paired with Betty Grable, One Touch of Venus (1948) with Ava Gardner, and All Ashore (1953), a second string version of On the Town (1949), with Mickey Rooney and Ray McDonald as his shore-leave buddies. For such a pleasant and unassuming man, Dick's personal life certainly was a shambles aggravated by alcoholism and financial debt. Five marriages came and went (including actresses Joanne Dru, Nora Eddington, Rita Hayworth, and Fran Jeffries) before his sixth one finally stuck. By the 1960s, his life was all but ruined. He managed to travel to Europe and picked up the remnants of his career. His reputation had not tarnished there, and he enjoyed some renewed popularity; he never regained, however, the foothold in the business that he once had. Dick died of lung cancer in 1980. Though not as well remembered as other crooners of his time (Frank Sinatra, Tony Martin, Vic Damone), and not a particularly charismatic performer on film, this rich baritone's legacy IS his music. Some of Dick's more popular recordings include "The More I See You," "How Blue the Night," "For You, For Me, Forever More," "Speak Low," and "Another Night Like This."


Real Life
 1979, Councilman Harris
 1974, Harold Porter
Cruisin' Down the River
 1953, Beauregard Clemment III
All Ashore
 1953, Joe Carter
St. Benny the Dip
 1951, Benny
Words and Music
 1948, Dick Haymes
Up in Central Park
 1948, John Matthews
One Touch of Venus
 1948, Joe Grant
Carnival in Costa Rica
 1947, Jeff Stephens
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
 1947, John Pritchard
Do You Love Me
 1946, Jimmy Hale
Fallen Angel
 1945, Himself - JukeBox Vocalist (voice) (uncredited)
State Fair
 1945, Wayne Frake
Diamond Horseshoe
 1945, Joe Davis, Jr.
I Am an American
 1944, Himself (uncredited)
Irish Eyes Are Smiling
 1944, Ernest R. Ball
Four Jills in a Jeep
 1944, Lt. Dick Ryan
Du Barry Was a Lady
 1943, Singer (uncredited)
Dramatic School
 1938, Student (uncredited)
Mutiny on the Bounty
 1935, Able Bodied Seaman (uncredited)



The Ed Sullivan Show
The Dick Clark Show
The Colgate Comedy Hour
The Saint
 1962, Dunstan
Lux Video Theatre
Music For A Summer Night
The Eddie Capra Mysteries


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