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Sterling Hayden

Sterling Hayden

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Also Known As: Died: May 23, 1986
Born: March 26, 1916 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: Montclair, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in New England and the Washington, DC, area
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At age 17, ran away from home and became a ship's mate, seaman and fireman on various vessels
1940:
Signed to a film contract by Paramount Pictures; billed as "The Most Beautiful Man in Movies"
1941:
Film acting debut in "Virginia"
1941:
Left performing to join the Marines; used pseudonym John Hamilton
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During WWII, assisted Yugoslavian partisans by running guns through a German blockade; briefly flirted with joining the Communist Party
1947:
Returned to film acting in "Variety Girl" and "Blaze of Noon"
1950:
Co-starred in "The Asphalt Jungle"
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During 1950s "Red Scare", cooperated with House UnAmerican Activities Committee
1954:
Acted in "Johnny Guitar"
1956:
Co-starred in "The Killing"
1960:
Played title role in CBS adaptation of "Ethan Frome"
1964:
Cast by Stanley Kubrick as General Ripper in "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
1972:
Portrayed the brutal, corrupt police captain in "The Godfather"
1973:
Appeared in "The Long Goodbye"
1976:
Co-starred in "1900"
1978:
Had featured role as one of the monarchs in "King of the Gypsies"
1980:
Played the chairman of the board in a cameo appearance in "9 to 5"
1982:
Final film, "Venom"
1982:
Last TV acting role as John Brown in the Civil War drama "The Blue and the Gray"

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