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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:
Movie The Albatross 2016-12-01
Latest Project:
In the movie Virginia 1941-01-28
Known For
Poster of The Blue and the Gray
Poster of Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater
Poster of General Electric Theater
Poster of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars
Movie The Albatross Glass Man (voice) (archive footage)
Movie Irving Johnson High Seas Adventurer Himself
Movie Pharos of Chaos Himself
Series The Blue and the Gray John Brown
Movie Venom Howard Anderson
Movie Gas Duke Stuyvesant
Movie Nine to Five Russell Tinsworthy
Movie The Outsider Seamus Flaherty
Movie Winter Kills Z.K. Dawson
Movie King of the Gypsies King Zharko Stepanowicz
Series Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The Complete Novel for Television Capt. McCluskey
Movie 1900 Leo Dalco
Movie Bertolucci secondo il cinema Himself
Movie Cry, Onion! Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer
Movie Deadly Strangers Malcolm Robarts
Movie The Long Goodbye Roger Wade
Movie The Final Programme Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
Movie The Big Departure M. Nature / The Leader
Movie The Godfather Capt. Mark McCluskey
Movie Angel's Leap Mason / Custer
Movie Sweet Hunters Allan
Movie Loving Lepridon
Movie Hard Contract Michael Carlson
Movie Carol For Another Christmas Daniel Grudge
Movie Dr. Strangelove Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper
Movie Ten Days To Tulara Scotty
Movie Terror in a Texas Town George Hansen
Movie Zero Hour! Captain Martin Treleaven
Movie Gun Battle at Monterey Jay Turner / John York
Movie Valerie John Huntington Garth
Movie The Iron Sheriff Sheriff Samuel Galt
Movie The Come On Dave Arnold
Movie The Killing Johnny Clay
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown
Movie 5 Steps to Danger John Emmett
Movie Crime of Passion Lt. William Doyle
Movie Top Gun Rick Martin
Movie The Last Command Jim Bowie
Movie Shotgun Clay Hardin
Movie The Eternal Sea Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
Movie Timberjack Tim Chipman
Movie Battle Taxi Capt. Russ Edwards
Movie Naked Alibi Joe Conroy
Movie Suddenly Sheriff Tod Shaw
Movie Johnny Guitar Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
Movie Arrow In The Dust Bart Laish
Movie Prince Valiant Sir Gawain
Series General Electric Theater Unknown
Movie Kansas Pacific Capt. John Nelson
Movie Take Me to Town Will Hall
Movie Crime Wave Det. Lt. Sims
Movie So Big Pervis DeJong
Movie Fighter Attack Steve
Movie The Star Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
Movie Flat Top Commander Dan Collier
Movie The Golden Hawk Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
Movie Hellgate Lt. Tod Voorhees
Movie Denver and Rio Grande McCabe
Movie Flaming Feather Tex McCloud
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown
Movie Journey Into Light Rev, John Burrows
Movie The Asphalt Jungle Dix Handley
Movie Manhandled Joe Cooper
Movie El Paso Sheriff La Farge
Movie Variety Girl Himself
Movie Blaze of Noon Tad McDonald
Movie Bahama Passage Adrian Ainsworth
Movie Virginia Norman Williams