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Also Known As: John Hamilton, Stirling Hayden, Sterling Relyea Walter, Stirling Hayden Died: May 23, 1986
Born: March 26, 1916 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: Montclair, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor, model, author, seaman

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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...

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Venom (1981) Howard Anderson
3.
 Gas (1981) Duke Stuyvesant
4.
 Nine to Five (1980) Tinsworthy
5.
 Outsider, The (1979) Grandfather
6.
 Winter Kills (1979) Z K Dawson
7.
 King Of The Gypsies (1978) King Zharkjo Stepanowicz
8.
 1900 (1977) Leo Dalco
9.
 Deadly Strangers (1974)
10.
 The Long Goodbye (1973) Roger Wade
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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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Education

Brown-Nichols School: Cambridge , Massachusetts -
Wassookaeg School: Dexter , Maine -

Notes

Hayden was reportedly offered the role of Quint, the sea captain, in "Jaws" but had to decline the role because of a problem with the IRS.

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wife:
Madeleine Carroll. Actor. Married in 1942; divorced in 1946.
wife:
Betty de Noon. Was married and divorced three times between 1947 and 1958; mother of four of Hayden's children.
wife:
Catherine Devine McConnell. Married from 1960 until his death: mother of Hayden's two younger children.

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father:
George Walter. Died in 1925.
mother:
Frances Walter.
step-father:
James Hayden. Adopted Sterling.
son:
Christian Winslow Hayden. Born in August 1948; mother Betty de Noon.
son:
Dana Morgan Hayden. Born in June 1949; mother, Betty de Noon.
daughter:
Gretchen Belle Hayden. Born in September 1950; mother, Betty de Noon.
son:
Matthew Grant Hayden. Born in July 1952; mother, Betty de Noon.
son:
Andrew Hayden. Born in February 1961; mother, Catherine D McConnell.
son:
David Hayden. Born in September 1962; 1961; mother, Catherine D McConnell.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Wanderer"
"Voyage"

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