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Sterling Hayden

  • Born on
    • March 26th, 1916
  • Died on
    • May 23rd, 1986
Sterling Walter Hayden, born Sterling Relyea Walter, was an American actor and author. He didn't really harbor any aspirations of being an actor, dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and hired on as mate on a schooner. He was a ship's captain at 22, and in need of cash to buy his own boat, established himself as a model in New York, discovered by Paramount Studios talent scouts and offered a contract. Sterling Hayden, the handsome tall blond actor who played wholesome leading-man movie roles in the 1940's and 1950's and later weathered into a rough-hewn solid character actor in films such as ''Dr. Strangelove'', ''The Godfather,'' "Nine to Five" and "King of the Gypsies". He appeared in 71 feature films and tv-productions from the debut in "Virginia" 1941 to the tv mini-series "The Blue and the Gray" in 1982. He wrote of his obsessive fascination with the sea in a 1963 autobiography, ''Wanderer,'' and in 1970 his 700-page epic novel of the sea, ''Voyage,'' was a main selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club. Sterling Hayden appeared in the German documentary, ''Pharos of Chaos,'' (1983) filmed aboard his barge in Europe, and seemed to be in an alcoholic stupor much of the time, supplementing his wine intake with hashish. On camera he said: ''What confuses me is I ain't all that unhappy. So why do I drink, I don't know.''

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Acting (34 Credits)

1982The Blue and the Gray as John Brown
1981Venom as Howard Anderson
19809 to 5 as Russell Tinsworthy
1979Winter Kills as Z.K. Dawson
1978King of the Gypsies as King Zharko Stepanowicz
1977The Godfather Saga as Capt. Mark McCluskey
19761900 as Leo Dalco
1975Cipolla Colt as Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer
1975Deadly Strangers as Malcolm Robarts
1973The Long Goodbye as Roger Wade
1973The Final Programme as Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
1972The Godfather as Capt. Mark McCluskey
1972The Godfather as Capt. Mark McCluskey
1970Loving as Lepridon
1969Hard Contract as Michael Carlson
1964Carol for Another Christmas as Daniel Grudge
1964Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb as Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper
1958Terror in a Texas Town as George HansenWatch Free
1957Zero Hour! as Captain Martin Treleaven
1956The Killing as Johnny Clay
1956Crime of Passion as Lt. William Doyle
19565 Steps to Danger as John Emmett
1955The Last Command as Jim Bowie
1955Top Gun as Rick Martin
1954Naked Alibi as Joe Conroy
1954Suddenly as Sheriff Tod ShawWatch Free
1954Johnny Guitar as Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
1954Prince Valiant as Sir Gawain
1953Kansas Pacific as Capt. John Nelson
1953Crime Wave as Det. Lt. Sims
1953So Big as Pervis DeJong
1952The Star as Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
1950The Asphalt Jungle as Dix Handley
1949Manhandled as Joe Cooper


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