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Sterling Hayden

Highest Rated:   100% Suddenly (1954)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Star (1952)
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American actor Sterling Hayden was a Hollywood leading man of the '40s and '50s who went on to become a character actor in later years. At age 16 he dropped out of school to become a mate on a schooner, beginning a life-long love affair with the sea; by age 22 he was a ship's captain. Extremely good looking, he modeled professionally to earn enough money to buy his own vessel; this led to a movie contract with Paramount in 1940. Within a year he was famous, having starred in two technicolor movies, Virginia (1941) and Bahama Passage (1942); both featured the somewhat older actress Madeleine Carroll, to whom he was married from 1942-46. With these films, Paramount began trumpeting him as "The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies" and "The Beautiful Blond Viking God." Shortly after making these two films he joined the Marines to serve in World War II. After the war he landed inconsequential roles until a part as a hoodlum in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) demonstrated his skill as an actor. After this his career was spotty, marked for the most part by inferior films (with some notable exceptions, such as Dr. Strangelove [1964]) and frequent abandonment of the screen in favor of the sea. It was said that Hayden was never particularly interested in his work as an actor, vastly preferring the life of a sailor. His obsession with the sea and his various voyages are described in his 1963 autobiography, Wanderer, in which he also expresses regret for having cooperated with the House Un-American Activities Commission during the early '50s McCarthy-Era "witch trials." He published a novel in 1976, Voyage: A Novel of 1896; it was named as a selection of the Book of the Month Club.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Le saut de l'ange (Angel's Leap)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Rat Pack
  • Actor
2001
50% Venom
  • Howard Anderson
1981
No Score Yet Blue and the Gray
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Gas
  • Duke Stuyvesant
1981
84% 9 to 5
  • Tinsworthy
1980
80% King of the Gypsies
  • King Zharko Stepanowicz
1978
No Score Yet Cipolla Colt
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Bertolucci secondo il cinema (The Cinema According to Bertolucci)
  • Himself
1977
47% 1900 (Novecento)
  • Leo Dalco
1977
86% Winter Kills
  • Z.K. Dawson
1977
No Score Yet Deadly Strangers
  • Malcolm Robarts
1974
No Score Yet The Final Programme (The Last Days of Man on Earth)
  • Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
1973
97% The Long Goodbye
  • Wade
1973
No Score Yet Starlost: The Beginning
  • Actor
1973
99% The Godfather
  • McCluskey
1972
No Score Yet Cobra
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Loving
  • Lepridon
1970
No Score Yet Hard Contract
  • Michael Carlson
1969
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas
  • Daniel Grudge
1964
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper
1964
No Score Yet Ten Days to Tulara
  • Scotty
1958
No Score Yet Terror in a Texas Town
  • George Hansen
1958
No Score Yet Zero Hour!
  • Capt. Martin Treleaven
1957
No Score Yet The Iron Sheriff
  • Screenwriter
  • Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
1957
No Score Yet Valerie
  • John Garth
1957
No Score Yet Five Steps to Danger
  • John Emmett
1957
No Score Yet Crime of Passion
  • Lt. Bill Doyle
1957
97% The Killing
  • Johnny Clay
1956
No Score Yet The Come On
  • Dave Arnold
1956
No Score Yet The Last Command
  • Jim Bowie
1955
No Score Yet Shotgun
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Timberjack
  • Tim Chipman
1955
No Score Yet Battle Taxi
  • Capt. Russ Edwards
1955
No Score Yet Top Gun
  • Rick Martin
1955
100% Suddenly
  • Tod Shaw
1954
97% Johnny Guitar
  • Johnny Guitar
1954
No Score Yet Arrow in the Dust
  • Bart Laish
1954
No Score Yet Prince Valiant
  • Sir Gawain
1954
67% Crime Wave
  • Det. Lt. Sims
1954
No Score Yet Naked Alibi
  • Actor
1954
No Score Yet Fighter Attack
  • Steve
1953
No Score Yet So Big
  • Pervus DeJong
1953
No Score Yet Kansas Pacific
  • Capt. John Nelson
1953
No Score Yet Take Me to Town
  • Will Hall
1953
No Score Yet Flat Top
  • Dan Collier
1952
0% The Star
  • Jim
1952
No Score Yet The Golden Hawk
  • Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
1952
No Score Yet Hellgate
  • Gil Hanley
1952
No Score Yet Denver & Rio Grande
  • McCabe
1951
96% The Asphalt Jungle
  • Dix Handley
1950
No Score Yet El Paso
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Manhandled
  • Joe Cooper
1949
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Himself
1947

Quotes from Sterling Hayden's Characters