Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden

Highest Rated: 100% Terror in a Texas Town (1958)

Lowest Rated: 29% The Star (1952)

Birthday: Mar 26, 1916

Birthplace: Upper Montclair, New Jersey, USA

A handsome, virile star of the late 1940s and 50s, Sterling Hayden spent several years at sea before signing with Paramount in 1940, appearing in two films with future wife Madeleine Carroll. Variously touted by the studio publicity machine as "The Most Beautiful Man in Movies" or "The Beautiful Blond Viking God," the actor broke his contract in 1941 to join the Marines. During WWII, he assisted the Yugoslavian partisans fight against the Germans and briefly joined the Communist Party in 1946 (resigning after six months) before resuming his acting career the following year. Shortly after his superb performance in "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), Hayden was gray-listed and was unable to work in Hollywood for six months. He then privately called on the FBI to make a statement concerning his former Communist affiliations, but was subpoenaed by HUAC in 1951 and obliged to testify in public, naming his fellow believers. Hayden was then allowed to continue working, though he expressed his guilt over having "named names" in his 1966 autobiography, "Wanderer." Ironically, in Stanley Kubrick's classic comedy "Dr. Strangelove" (1963), Hayden played the deranged General Jack D. Ripper, whose over-zealous desire to stop the "communist threat" sets World War III in motion. Among his other memorable roles were the corrupt police captain in "The Godfather" (1972) and the chairman of the board in the comedy "9 to 5" (1980). He rounded out his career portraying John Brown in the CBS Civil War miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (1982).

Highest rated movies

Terror in a Texas Town
Suddenly
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb The Killing The Godfather
The Asphalt Jungle
The Long Goodbye
Johnny Guitar

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pharos of Chaos Self - 1983
No Score Yet 89% The Blue and the Gray John Brown (Character) - 1982
43% 32% Venom Howard Anderson (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gas Duke Stuyvesant (Character) - 1981
83% 74% 9 to 5 Russell Tinsworthy (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 57% The Outsider Seamus Flaherty (Character) - 1979
88% 55% Winter Kills Z.K. Dawson (Character) - 1979
75% 65% King of the Gypsies King Zharko Stepanowicz (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Onion Petrus Lamb (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 57% Deadly Strangers Malcolm Robarts (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fly Me -- If You Can Find Me Tony Fowler (Character) - 1974
94% 87% The Long Goodbye Roger Wade (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beginning Old Jeremiah (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 39% The Last Days of Man on Earth Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh (Character) - 1973
97% 98% The Godfather Police Captain McCluskey (Character) $134.8M 1972
No Score Yet 30% Loving Lepridon (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 38% Hard Contract Michael Carlson (Character) - 1969
98% 94% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 56% Carol for Another Christmas Daniel Grudge (Character) - 1964
100% 68% Terror in a Texas Town George Hansen (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ten Days to Tulara Scotty (Character) - 1958
80% 33% Crime of Passion Police Lt. Bill Doyle (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 38% Five Steps to Danger John Emmett (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Battle at Monterey Jay Turner/John York (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 62% Valerie John Garth (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 42% Zero Hour Capt. Martin Treleaven (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 20% Iron Sheriff Sheriff Samuel "Sam" Galt (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Come On Dave Arnold (Character) - 1956
98% 92% The Killing Johnny Clay (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 20% Battle Taxi Capt. Russ Edwards (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 64% Top Gun Rick Martin (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 40% The Last Command Jim Bowie (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Clay Hardin (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 25% Naked Alibi Chief Joe Conroy (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 34% Prince Valiant Sir Gawain (Character) - 1954
93% 85% Johnny Guitar Johnny "Guitar" Logan (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternal Sea Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 60% Arrow in the Dust Bart Lash (Character) - 1954
67% 72% Crime Wave Det. Lt. Sims (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Timberjack Tim Chipman (Character) - 1954
100% 63% Suddenly Sheriff Tod Shaw (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 35% Kansas Pacific Capt. John Nelson (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hellgate Gilman S. Hanley (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 67% So Big Pervis DeJong (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fighter Attack Steve (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Take Me to Town Will Hall (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 20% The Golden Hawk Kit "The Hawk" Gerardo (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 50% Denver & Rio Grande McCabe (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 38% Flat Top Cmdr. Dan Collier (Character) - 1952
29% 60% The Star Jim Johannsen (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Journey Into Light Rev, John Burrows (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flaming Feather Tex McCloud (Character) - 1951
97% 87% The Asphalt Jungle Dix Handley (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 40% Manhandled Joe Cooper (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet El Paso Bert Donner (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 25% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blaze of Noon Tad McDonald (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virginia Norman Williams (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bahama Passage Adrian Ainsworth (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio Spotlight Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Banacek Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957