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Sterling Hayden (I) (1916–1986)


Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at Wassookeag School in Dexter, Maine. Ran away to sea at 17,... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »

Known For

The Killing Johnny Clay
(1956)
The Godfather Capt. McCluskey
(1972)
Asphalt jungle Dix Handley
(1950)

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 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
John Brown
- Part 3 (1982) ... John Brown (credit only)
- Part 2 (1982) ... John Brown (credit only)
- Part 1 (1982) ... John Brown
 1981 Venom
Howard Anderson
 1981 Gas
Duke Stuyvesant
 1980 Nine to Five
Tinsworthy
 1979 The Outsider
Seamus Flaherty
 1979 Winter Kills
Z.K. Dawson
 1978 King of the Gypsies
King Zharko Stepanowicz
 1977 The Godfather: A Novel for Television (TV Mini-Series)
Capt. McCluskey
- Episode #1.4 (1977) ... Capt. McCluskey
- Episode #1.3 (1977) ... Capt. McCluskey
- Episode #1.2 (1977) ... Capt. McCluskey
- Episode #1.1 (1977) ... Capt. McCluskey
 1976 Novecento
Leo Dalcò
 1975 Zeg het met uien
Henry 'Jack' Pulitzer
 1975 Deadly Strangers
Malcolm Robarts
 1974 Banacek (TV Series)
Tony Fowler
- Fly Me- If You Can Find Me (1974) ... Tony Fowler
 1973 The Final Programme
Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
 1973 The Starlost (TV Series)
Old Jeremiah
- Voyage of Discovery (1973) ... Old Jeremiah
 1973 The Long Goodbye
Roger Wade
 1972 Le grand départ
M. Nature / The Leader
 1972 The Godfather
Capt. McCluskey
 1971 De Cobra
Mason / Custer
 1970 Ternos Caçadores
Allan
 1970 Loving
Lepridon
 1969 Hard Contract
Michael Carlson
 1964 Carol for Another Christmas (TV Movie)
Daniel Grudge
 1960 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Ethan Frome
- Ethan Frome (1960) ... Ethan Frome
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Charles Ewell
- Points Beyond (1958) ... Lt. Charles Ewell
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
J.J. Taylor / Col. Rocky Templeton / Mitch Barrett / ...
- Old Man (1958) ... J.J. Taylor
- The Long March (1958) ... Col. Rocky Templeton
- The Last Man (1958) ... Mitch Barrett
- A Sound of Different Drummers (1957) ... Gordon Miller
 1958 Ten Days to Tulara
Scotty
 1958 Terror in a Texas Town
George Hansen
 1954-1958 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (TV Series)
Major Jim Curtis
- East of the Moon (1958)
- Delay at Fort Bess (1954) ... Major Jim Curtis
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Joe Turner
- The Iron Rose (1957) ... Joe Turner
 1957 Zero Hour!
Capt. Martin Treleaven
 1957 Gun Battle at Monterey
Jay Turner / John York
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Les Rand
- The Les Rand Story (1957) ... Les Rand
 1957 Valerie
John Garth
 1957 The Iron Sheriff
Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Link Stevens
- The Necessary Breed (1957) ... Link Stevens
 1957 5 Steps to Danger
John Emmett
 1957 Crime of Passion
Bill Doyle
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- Girl at Large (1956)
 1956 The Killing
Johnny Clay
 1956 The Come On
Dave Arnold
 1955 Top Gun
Rick Martin
 1955 The Last Command
Jim Bowie
 1955 Shotgun
Marshal Clay Hardin
 1955 Alarm in de Pacific
Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
 1955 Timberjack
Tim Chipman
 1955 Battle Taxi
Capt. Russ Edwards
 1954 Naked Alibi
Chief Joe Conroy
 1954 Suddenly
Sheriff Tod Shaw
 1954 Johnny Guitar
Johnny 'Guitar' Logan
 1954 Arrow in the Dust
Bart Laish
 1954 De avonturen van prins valiant
Sir Gawain
 1953 Eén keerde niet terug
Steve
 1953 So Big
Pervis DeJong
 1953 Crime Wave
Det. Lt. Sims
 1953 Take Me to Town
Will Hall
 1953 Kansas Pacific
Capt. John Nelson
 1952 The Star
Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
 1952 Flat Top
Cmdr. Dan Collier
 1952 The Golden Hawk
Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
 1952 De dood wachtte hen
Gilman S. Hanley
 1952 Denver and Rio Grande
McCabe
 1952 Flaming Feather
Tex McCloud
 1951 Journey Into Light
Reverend John Burrows
 1950 Asphalt jungle
Dix Handley
 1949 Manhandled
Joe Cooper
 1949 El Paso
Bert Donner
 1947 Variety Girl
Sterling Hayden
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Tad McDonald
 1941 Bahama Passage
Adrian Ainsworth (as Stirling Hayden)
 1941 Virginia
Norman Williams (as Stirling Hayden)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Appeared on Lee Phillips daytime talk show on NBC November 29, 1963 and discusses his novel "Wanderer". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Stirling Hayden

Height:

6' 5" (1.96 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on acting] You don't need talent to star in a motion picture. All you need is some intelligence AND the ability to work freely in front of the lens. Why do I always freeze? I went through the war. I jumped out of bombers. I played kick-the-can with E-boats when all we had was a lousy 40-foot dragger with six machine guns and a top speed of six knots. Yet whenever I get a closeup in a nice warm ... See more »

Trivia:

Eric Roberts, his co-star in King of the Gypsies (1978), claimed that Hayden was a regular smoker of hashish. See more »

Trademark:

His towering frame and powerful stature. See more »

Nickname:

The Beautiful Blond Viking God See more »

Star Sign:

Aries

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