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Sterling Hayden

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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Mar 26, 1916 In Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Virginia 1941-01-28
Latest Project:
Movie The Albatross 2016-12-01
Known For
Poster of The Albatross
Poster of Pharos of Chaos
Poster of The Godfather
Poster of Ten Days To Tulara
Movie The Albatross Glass Man (voice) (archive footage) 2016-12-01
Movie Irving Johnson High Seas Adventurer Himself 1985-03-28
Movie The Shipwrecker Himself (archive footage) 1984-08-17
Movie Pharos of Chaos Self - Actor 1983-10-21
Series The Blue and the Gray John Brown 1982-11-14
Movie Gas Duke Stuyvesant 1981-07-01
Movie Venom Howard Anderson 1981-11-28
Movie The Outsider Seamus Flaherty 1980-06-02
Movie Nine to Five Russell Tinsworthy 1980-12-18
Movie Winter Kills Z.K. Dawson 1979-05-11
Movie King of the Gypsies King Zharko Stepanowicz 1978-12-20
Series Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television Capt. McCluskey 1977-11-12
Movie Deadly Strangers Malcolm Robarts 1976-01-01
Movie 1900 Leo Dalco 1976-09-01
Movie Bertolucci secondo il cinema Himself 1976-02-28
Movie Cry, Onion! Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer 1975-08-25
Movie The Long Goodbye Roger Wade 1973-03-07
Movie The Final Programme Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh 1973-10-04
Movie The Godfather Capt. Mark McCluskey 1972-03-14
Movie The Big Departure M. Nature / The Leader 1972-11-15
Movie Angel's Leap Mason / Custer 1971-09-21
Movie Sweet Hunters Allan 1970-03-22
Movie Loving Lepridon 1970-03-04
Movie Hard Contract Michael Carlson 1969-04-30
Movie Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper 1964-01-29
Movie A Carol for Another Christmas Daniel Grudge 1964-12-28
Movie Terror in a Texas Town George Hansen 1958-09-01
Movie Ten Days To Tulara Scotty 1958-10-29
Movie The Iron Sheriff Sheriff Samuel Galt 1957-04-01
Movie Valerie John Huntington Garth 1957-08-01
Movie Gun Battle at Monterey Jay Turner / John York 1957-10-27
Movie Zero Hour! Captain Martin Treleaven 1957-11-13
Movie The Killing Johnny Clay 1956-06-06
Movie The Come On Dave Arnold 1956-04-16
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie 5 Steps to Danger John Emmett 1956-11-05
Movie Crime of Passion Lt. William Doyle 1956-12-28
Movie Timberjack Tim Chipman 1955-02-18
Movie The Eternal Sea Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins 1955-04-19
Movie Battle Taxi Capt. Russ Edwards 1955-01-03
Movie Shotgun Clay Hardin 1955-04-23
Movie Top Gun Rick Martin 1955-12-01
Movie The Last Command Jim Bowie 1955-08-03
Movie Prince Valiant Sir Gawain 1954-04-05
Movie Arrow In The Dust Bart Laish 1954-04-25
Movie Suddenly Sheriff Tod Shaw 1954-09-17
Movie Johnny Guitar Johnny 'Guitar' Logan 1954-05-26
Movie Naked Alibi Joe Conroy 1954-10-01
Movie Kansas Pacific Capt. John Nelson 1953-02-22
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Take Me to Town Will Hall 1953-06-19
Movie Crime Wave Det. Lt. Sims 1953-10-22
Movie Fighter Attack Steve 1953-11-29
Movie So Big Pervis DeJong 1953-10-31
Movie Denver and Rio Grande McCabe 1952-05-16
Movie Hellgate Lt. Tod Voorhees 1952-09-04
Movie Flaming Feather Tex McCloud 1952-02-01
Movie The Golden Hawk Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo 1952-10-08
Movie The Star Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester 1952-12-11
Movie Flat Top Commander Dan Collier 1952-10-26
Movie Journey Into Light Rev, John Burrows 1951-09-28
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie The Asphalt Jungle Dix Handley 1950-06-01
Movie Manhandled Joe Cooper 1949-05-25
Movie El Paso Sheriff La Farge 1949-03-22
Movie Blaze of Noon Tad McDonald 1947-05-02
Movie Variety Girl Himself 1947-08-29
Movie Virginia Norman Williams 1941-01-28
Movie Bahama Passage Adrian Ainsworth 1941-12-10