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      Sterling Hayden

      Sterling Hayden

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

      Lowest Rated: 25% 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 poster
      Terror in a Texas Town
      Suddenly poster
      Suddenly
      Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb poster
      Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
      The Godfather poster
      The Godfather
      The Asphalt Jungle poster
      The Asphalt Jungle
      The Killing poster
      The Killing
      The Long Goodbye poster
      The Long Goodbye
      Johnny Guitar poster
      Johnny Guitar

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pharos of Chaos Self - 1983
      No Score Yet 90% 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
      82% 74% 9 to 5 Russell Tinsworthy (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 57% The Outsider Seamus Flaherty (Character) - 1979
      89% 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
      No Score Yet 39% The Last Days of Man on Earth Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh (Character) - 1973
      94% 87% The Long Goodbye Roger Wade (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Beginning Old Jeremiah (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
      No Score Yet 59% Carol for Another Christmas Daniel Grudge (Character) - 1964
      98% 94% Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Brig. Gen. Jack D. Ripper (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 45% Five Steps to Danger John Emmett (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 42% Zero Hour Capt. Martin Treleaven (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 62% Valerie John Garth (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gun Battle at Monterey Jay Turner/John York (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 18% The Iron Sheriff Sheriff Samuel "Sam" Galt (Character) - 1957
      96% 92% The Killing Johnny Clay (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Come On Dave Arnold (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 40% The Last Command Jim Bowie (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 64% Top Gun Rick Martin (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 14% Shotgun Clay Hardin (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 20% Battle Taxi Capt. Russ Edwards (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 60% Arrow in the Dust Bart Lash (Character) - 1954
      94% 85% Johnny Guitar Johnny "Guitar" Logan (Character) - 1954
      70% 72% Crime Wave Det. Lt. Sims (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternal Sea Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins (Character) - 1954
      100% 63% Suddenly Sheriff Tod Shaw (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 34% Prince Valiant Sir Gawain (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 33% Naked Alibi Chief Joe Conroy (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timberjack Tim Chipman (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
      25% 59% The Star Jim Johannsen (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% Flat Top Cmdr. Dan Collier (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 50% Denver & Rio Grande McCabe (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 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