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Sterling Hayden (1916–1986)

Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at Wassookeag School in Dexter, Maine. Ran away to sea at 17,... See full bio »

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 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini-Series)
John Brown
- Part 1 (1982) ... John Brown
 1981 Venom
Howard Anderson
 1981 Gas
Duke Stuyvesant
 1980 Nine to Five
Russell Tinsworthy
 1980 The Outsider
Seamus Flaherty
 1979 Winter Kills
Z.K. Dawson
 1976 1900
Leo Dalcò
 1975 Cipolla Colt
Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer
 1975 Deadly Strangers
Malcolm Robarts
 1974 Banacek (TV Series)
Tony Fowler
- Fly Me- If You Can Find Me (1974) ... Tony Fowler
 1973 The Last Days of Man on Earth
Maj. Wrongway Lindbergh
 1973 The Starlost (TV Series)
Old Jeremiah
- Voyage of Discovery (1973) ... Old Jeremiah
 1972 Le grand départ
M. Nature / The Leader
 1971 Angel's Leap
Mason / Custer
 1970 Ternos Caçadores
 1970 Loving
 1969 Hard Contract
Michael Carlson
 1958 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Lt. Charles Ewell
- Points Beyond (1958) ... Lt. Charles Ewell
 1957-1958 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
J.J. Taylor / Col. Rocky Templeton / Mitch Barrett / ...
- Old Man (1958) ... J.J. Taylor
- The Long March (1958) ... Col. Rocky Templeton
- The Last Man (1958) ... Mitch Barrett
- A Sound of Different Drummers (1957) ... Gordon Miller
 1958 Ten Days to Tulara
 1958 Terror in a Texas Town
George Hansen
 1954-1958 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- East of the Moon (1958)
 1957 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Joe Turner
- The Iron Horse (1957) ... Joe Turner
 1957 Zero Hour!
Capt. Martin Treleaven
 1957 Gun Battle at Monterey
Jay Turner / John York
 1957 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Les Rand
- The Les Rand Story (1957) ... Les Rand
 1957 Valerie
John Garth
 1957 The Iron Sheriff
Sheriff Samuel 'Sam' Galt
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Link Stevens
- The Necessary Breed (1957) ... Link Stevens
 1957 5 Steps to Danger
John Emmett
 1957 Crime of Passion
Police Lt. Bill Doyle
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- Girl at Large (1956)
 1956 The Come On
Dave Arnold
 1955 Top Gun
Rick Martin
 1955 Shotgun
 1955 The Eternal Sea
Rear-Adm. John Madison Hoskins
 1955 Timberjack
Tim Chipman
 1955 Battle Taxi
Capt. Russ Edwards
 1954 Naked Alibi
Chief Joe Conroy
 1954 Suddenly
Sheriff Tod Shaw
 1954 Arrow in the Dust
Bart Laish
 1954 Crime Wave
Det. Lt. Sims
 1953 Fighter Attack
 1953 Take Me to Town
Will Hall
 1953 Kansas Pacific
Capt. John Nelson
 1952 The Star
Jim Johannsen aka Barry Lester
 1952 Flat Top
Cmdr. Dan Collier
 1952 The Golden Hawk
Kit 'The Hawk' Gerardo
 1952 Hellgate
Gilman S. Hanley
 1952 Denver and Rio Grande
 1952 Flaming Feather
Tex McCloud
 1951 Journey Into Light
Rev, John Burrows
 1949 El Paso
Bert Donner
 1947 Variety Girl
Sterling Hayden
 1947 Blaze of Noon
Tad McDonald
 1941 Virginia
Norman Williams
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Other Works:

Novel: "Voyage: A Novel of 1896". G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1976. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »


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I work when I get broke or when something comes along that has some integrity or guts. See more »


Dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and became a sailor, earning his master's license by the age of 21. See more »


In film noir parts, frequently spoke his lines in rapid-fire delivery. See more »


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