Biography

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.''

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.''

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 70

Birthday 1916-03-26

Day of Death 1986-05-23

Place of Birth Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 The Albatross as Glass Man (voice) (archive footage)
1985 Irving Johnson High Seas Adventurer as Himself
1983 Pharos of Chaos as Himself
1982 The Blue and the Gray (3 episodes)
1981 Venom as Howard Anderson
1981 Gas as Duke Stuyvesant
1980 Nine to Five as Russell Tinsworthy
1980 The Outsider as Seamus Flaherty
1979 Winter Kills as Z.K. Dawson
1978 King of the Gypsies as King Zharko Stepanowicz
1977 The Godfather Saga as Capt. Mark McCluskey
1977 Mario Puzo's The Godfather: The complete Novel for Television (4 episodes) as Capt. McCluskey
1976 1900 as Leo Dalco
1976 Bertolucci secondo il cinema as Himself
1976 Deadly Strangers as Malcolm
1975 Cry, Onion! as Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer
1973 The Final Programme as Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
1973 The Long Goodbye as Roger Wade
1972 The Big Departure as M. Nature / The Leader
1972 The Godfather as Capt. Mark McCluskey
1971 Angel's Leap as Mason / Custer
1970 Sweet Hunters as Allan
1970 Loving as Lepridon
1969 Hard Contract as Michael Carlson
1964 A Carol for Another Christmas as Daniel Grudge
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb as Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper
1958 Ten Days To Tulara as Scotty
1958 Terror in a Texas Town as George Hansen
1957 Zero Hour! as Captain Martin Treleaven
1957 Gun Battle at Monterey as Jay Turner / John York
1957 Valerie as John Huntington Garth
1957 The Iron Sheriff as Sheriff Samuel Galt
1957 5 Steps to Danger as John Emmett
1957 Crime of Passion as Lt. William Doyle
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Killing as Johnny Clay
1956 The Come On as Dave Arnold
1955 Top Gun as Rick Martin
1955 The Last Command as Jim Bowie
1955 Shotgun as Clay Hardin
1955 The Eternal Sea as Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
1955 Timberjack as Tim Chipman
1955 Battle Taxi as Capt. Russ Edwards
1954 Naked Alibi as Chief Joe Conroy
1954 Suddenly as Sheriff Tod Shaw
1954 Johnny Guitar as Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
1954 Arrow In The Dust as Bart Laish
1954 Prince Valiant as Sir Gawain
1953 Fighter Attack as Steve
1953 Crime Wave as Det. Lt. Sims
1953 So Big as Pervis DeJong
1953 Take Me to Town as Will Hall
1953 Kansas Pacific as Capt. John Nelson
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 The Star as Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
1952 Flat Top as Commander Dan Collier
1952 The Golden Hawk as Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
1952 Hellgate as Lt. Tod Voorhees
1952 Denver and Rio Grande as McCabe
1952 Flaming Feather as Tex McCloud
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 Journey into Light as Rev, John Burrows
1950 The Asphalt Jungle as Dix Handley
1949 Manhandled as Joe Cooper
1949 El Paso as Sheriff La Farge
1947 Variety Girl as Himself
1947 Blaze of Noon as Tad McDonald
1941 Bahama Passage as Adrian Ainsworth
1941 Virginia as Norman Williams

Writing

1984 The Shipwrecker Book

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