|Game||The Sims Castaway Stories|
|Playability||Playable (When turned into a toddler)|
Winford Rhinehart is a pre-made elder Sim and a castaway on Felicity Island, one of the neighborhoods shipped with The Sims Castaway Stories. He is one of the survivors of the Queen Solomon, who gets standed at Barren Banks. In the Shipwrecked and Single story, when the protagonist arrives there, Rhinehart went of into the jungle to collect food for himself and the other survivors. He first appears in the story, when the player finds him in The Boneyard. He is intoduced as Professor Rhinehart and claims to have been studying the island and its natives for years. He helps and counsels the protagonist, but his knowledge of the island becomes suspicious and his true motives are revealed near the end of the story.
When a mysterious desease spreads among the natives, including the protagonist's lover, Professor Rhinehart wants the player to retrieve the Staff of Tuzu from the Petrified Forest. He claims that the House of Tuzu contains an antidote for the disease, but needs the staff to open it. While the protagonist is on this journey to retrieve the staff, he/she comes across Bart Pittman who reveals, in his last breath, that Professor Rhinehart is responsible for the Queen Solomon's shipwreck. Rhinehart had bribed Pittman to get into the engine room of the cruise ship, where he caused an explosion that ultimately sank the ship.
It turns out that, years ago, Professor Rhinehart had been to Felicity Island before and has been trying to get into The House of Tuzu ever since. When he witnessed its power, he became determined to steal the Staff of Tuzu. Rhinehart managed to steal it, but the natives drove him from the island before he had the opportunity to use it. Before he left, Rhinehart sealed the House of Tuzu with the staff and hid it in The Petrified Forest. He then planned to return to the island somehow and finally use the staff to open the House of Tuzu and use its power.
In the end, using the Staff of Tuzu at the House of Tuzu, the protagonist opens Rhinehart's way to eternal life. Once Winford drinks from the Chalice of Youth and turns into an adult, the player is given the choice either to banish Rhinehart or reward him by giving him youth, ironically by turning him into a toddler, guided by Amanaki Tama. If the Professor gets banished, he is never seen in the game again, unless cheats are used. If the Professor is turned into a toddler however, he will be added to the Tama family and become playable from there.
At the end of the story, a package arrives for him, containing a weather control device, which was part of the evil project Rhinehart was working on at The Abandoned Research Base to set himself up as an immortal volcano god. However, the protagonist receives the package as a story reward instead.
- Winford's hair changes during his visible life stages. When he is an elder, he has grey hair. When he is an adult, he has blond hair, and when he is a toddler, he has red hair. Howewer, his genetics are for brown hair.
- He somewhat resembles Julius Caesar, a deceased Sim from Veronaville.