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Richard Benjamin (Dick) Haymes

Birthdate: (61)
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death: March 28, 1980 (61)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Cancer)
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Haymes and Marguerite Haymes
Husband of Wendy Smith
Ex-husband of Edith Harper; Joanne Dru; Nora Black (Eddington); Rita Hayworth and Fran Jeffries
Father of Barbara Nugent; <private> Haymes; <private> Haymes and <private> Roven (Haymes)
Brother of Bob Haymes

Occupation: Singer
Managed by: Ric Dickinson
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About Dick Haymes

He was an Argentine actor and one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s. He was the older brother of Bob Haymes, an actor, television host and songwriter.


   * Dramatic School (1938)
   * Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
   * Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
   * Irish Eyes Are Smiling (1944)
   * State Fair (1945)
   * Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
   * Do You Love Me (1946)
   * The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
   * Carnival in Costa Rica (1947)
   * Up in Central Park (1948)
   * One Touch of Venus (1948)
   * St. Benny the Dip (1951)
   * Hollywood Fun Festival (1952)
   * All Ashore (1953)
   * Cruisin' Down the River (1953)
   * Betrayal (1974) (TV)
   * Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)

He was born Richard Benjamin Haymes in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1918. His Irish-born mother, Marguerite Haymes (1894-1987), was a well-known vocal coach and instructor. He became the vocalist in a number of big bands, worked in Hollywood on radio and in many films throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

He never became a United States citizen and avoided military service during World War II by asserting his non-belligerent status as a citizen of Argentina, which was neutral. Hollywood-based columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper seized upon this at the time, questioning Haymes' patriotism. The story caused little more than a ripple in Haymes' career at the time. At 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 at Ellis Island, which confirmed his hypertension. However, Haymes' decision would come back to haunt him in 1953 when he traveled from California to Hawaii, then technically not part of the United States, without first notifying immigration authorities. Haymes was nearly deported to Argentina, but ultimately was allowed to remain in the U.S.

Haymes experienced serious financial problems later in life, as well as alcoholism, and at one point was forced into bankruptcy.

Haymes was married six times and had six children. His more notable marriages were to film actresses Joanne Dru (1941-1949), Rita Hayworth (1953-1955) and Fran Jeffries (1958-1964). He was also married to Nora Eddington, a former wife of Erroll Flynn. His daughter Stephanie Haymes was married to Sir Elton John's lyricist Bernie Taupin.

He died in Los Angeles from lung cancer at the age of 61.



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  • Birth: Sep 13 1918 - Buenos Aires
  • Death: Cause of death: Lung cancer - Mar 28 1980 - Los Angeles
  • Mother: Marguerite Haymes
  • Brother: Bob Haymes
  • Wife: Rita Hayworth, Fran Jeffries, Nora Eddington, Joanne Dru, Edith Harper, Wendy Smith
  • Children: Stephanie Haymes Roven, Helen Joanna Haymes, Barbara Nugent Haymes, Richard Ralph Haymes, Dick Haymes, Sean Patrick Haymes, Samantha Haymes
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September 13, 1918
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina