Sterling Hayden

Highest Rated: 100% Suddenly (1954)
Lowest Rated: 17% The Star (1952)
Birthday: Mar 26, 1916
Birthplace: Not Available
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



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 Gas Duke Stuyvesant 1981
No Score Yet Blue and the Gray Actor 1981
81% 9 to 5 Tinsworthy 1980
87% Winter Kills Z.K. Dawson 1979
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
53% 1900 (Novecento) Leo Dalco 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
98% The Godfather McCluskey 1972
No Score Yet Loving Lepridon 1970
No Score Yet Hard Contract Michael Carlson 1969
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas Daniel Grudge 1964
98% 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
93% 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
17% 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
97% The Asphalt Jungle Dix Handley 1950
No Score Yet El Paso Bert Donner 1949
No Score Yet Manhandled Joe Cooper 1949
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947