Sterling Hayden

Actor, Model, Author
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/26/1916 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA


Actor (49)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Leuchtturm des Chaos 1981 (Movie)


9 to 5 1980 (Movie)

Tinsworthy (Actor)

Gas 1980 (Movie)

Duke Stuyvesant (Actor)

Venom 1980 (Movie)

Howard Anderson (Actor)

King of the Gypsies 1978 (Movie)

King Zharkjo Stepanowicz (Actor)

The Outsider 1978 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

Winter Kills 1978 (Movie)

Z K Dawson (Actor)

1900 1977 (Movie)

Leo Dalco (Actor)

The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

Roger Wade (Actor)

The Godfather 1972 (Movie)

Capt. McCluskey (Actor)

The Last Days of Man on Earth 1972 (Movie)

Major Wrongway Lindbergh (Actor)

Le Grand Depart 1971 (Movie)

Leader (Actor)

Le Saut de l'ange 1970 (Movie)

Custer (Actor)

Loving 1970 (Movie)

Lepridon (Actor)

Hard Contract 1969 (Movie)

Michael Carson (Actor)

Sweet Hunters 1968 (Movie)

Allan (Actor)

Dr. Strangelove 1964 (Movie)

General Jack D Ripper (Actor)

Terror in a Texas Town 1958 (Movie)

George Hansen (Actor)

Crime of Passion 1957 (Movie)

Bill Doyle (Actor)

The Iron Sheriff 1957 (Movie)

Sheriff Galt (Actor)

Valerie 1957 (Movie)

John Garth (Actor)

Zero Hour! 1957 (Movie)

Treleaven (Actor)

The Come On 1956 (Movie)

Dave Arnold (Actor)

The Killing 1956 (Movie)

Johnny Clay (Actor)

Shotgun 1955 (Movie)

Clay (Actor)

The Eternal Sea 1955 (Movie)

Rear Admiral John Hoskins (Actor)

The Last Command 1955 (Movie)

James Bowie (Actor)

Top Gun 1955 (Movie)

Rick Martin (Actor)

Arrow in the Dust 1954 (Movie)

Bart Laish (Actor)

Battle Taxi 1954 (Movie)

Captain Russ Edwards (Actor)

Crime Wave 1954 (Movie)

Detective Sergeant Sims (Actor)

Johnny Guitar 1954 (Movie)

Johnny Guitar (Actor)

Naked Alibi 1954 (Movie)

Joseph Conroy (Actor)

Prince Valiant 1954 (Movie)

Sir Gawain (Actor)

Suddenly 1954 (Movie)

Tod Shaw (Actor)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

Pervis DeJong (Actor)

Take Me to Town 1953 (Movie)

Will Hall (Actor)

The Star 1953 (Movie)

Jim Johannson (Actor)

Flat Top 1952 (Movie)

Cmdr. Dan Collier (Actor)

The Asphalt Jungle 1950 (Movie)

Dix Handley (Actor)

Variety Girl 1947 (Movie)


Bahama Passage (Movie)

Adrian (Actor)

Blaze of Noon (Movie)

Tad McDonald (Actor)

Carol For Another Christmas (TV Show)


Journey into Light (Movie)

John Burrows (Actor)

Kansas Pacific (Movie)

Capt. John Nelson (Actor)

Manhandled (Movie)

Joe Cooper (Actor)

The Golden Hawk (Movie)

Kit Gerardo (Actor)


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).


Frances Walter


Madeleine Carroll Actor


James Hayden

adopted Sterling

Gretchen Hayden

born in September 1950 mother, Betty de Noon

Andrew Hayden

born in February 1961 mother, Catherine D McConnell

Christian Hayden

born in August 1948 mother Betty de Noon

Dana Hayden

born in June 1949 mother, Betty de Noon

David Hayden

born in September 1962 1961 mother, Catherine D McConnell

Matthew Hayden

born in July 1952 mother, Betty de Noon

Catherine McConnell

Married from 1960 until his death 1986

George Walter

died in 1925

Betty de Noon

Married 1947, 1954, and 1956 Divorced 1953, 1955, and 1958


Wassookaeg School

Dexter , Maine
prep school

Brown-Nichols School

Cambridge , Massachusetts



Final film, "Venom"


Last TV acting role as John Brown in the Civil War drama "The Blue and the Gray"


Played the chairman of the board in a cameo appearance in "9 to 5"


Had featured role as one of the monarchs in "King of the Gypsies"


Co-starred in "1900"


Appeared in "The Long Goodbye"


Portrayed the brutal, corrupt police captain in "The Godfather"


Cast by Stanley Kubrick as General Ripper in "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"


Played title role in CBS adaptation of "Ethan Frome"


Co-starred in "The Killing"


Acted in "Johnny Guitar"


Co-starred in "The Asphalt Jungle"


Returned to film acting in "Variety Girl" and "Blaze of Noon"


Left performing to join the Marines; used pseudonym John Hamilton


Film acting debut in "Virginia"


Signed to a film contract by Paramount Pictures; billed as "The Most Beautiful Man in Movies"

Raised in New England and the Washington, DC, area

At age 17, ran away from home and became a ship's mate, seaman and fireman on various vessels

During 1950s "Red Scare", cooperated with House UnAmerican Activities Committee

During WWII, assisted Yugoslavian partisans by running guns through a German blockade; briefly flirted with joining the Communist Party

Bonus Trivia


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.