Sterling Hayden

Born Mar 26, 1916
Hometown Upper Montclair, ...
Died May 23, 1986
Death Place City of Sausalito
Height 6' 5'' (2.0m)
Other Names Walter, Sterling ...

Sterling Hayden was an American actor and author. For most of his career as a leading man, he specialized in westerns and film noir, such as Johnny Guitar, The Asphalt Jungle and The Killing. Later on he became noted as a character actor for such roles as Gen. Jack D. Ripper in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).… Read More

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1916 Birth Born on March 26, 1916.


1937 21 Years Old He skippered a trading schooner in the Caribbean after earning his master’s license, and in 1937 he served as mate on a world cruise of the schooner Yankee.
1938 22 Years Old After serving as sailor and fireman on larger vessels and sailing around the world several times, he was awarded his first command at age 22, skippering the square rigger Florence C. Robinson 7,700 miles from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Tahiti in 1938. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old As OSS agent John Hamilton, his World War II service included sailing with supplies from Italy to Yugoslav partisans and parachuting into fascist Croatia. Hayden, who also participated in the Naples–Foggia campaign and established air crew rescue teams in enemy-occupied territory, became a first lieutenant on September 13, 1944, and a captain on February 14, 1945. … Read More
1945 29 Years Old He left active duty on December 24, 1945. … Read More


1958 42 Years Old Hayden often professed distaste for film acting, claiming he did it mainly to pay for his ships and voyages. In 1958, after a bitter divorce, he was awarded custody of his children. … Read More
1960 44 Years Old In 1960, he married Catherine Devine McConnell.
1963 47 Years Old In the early 1960s, Hayden rented one of the pilot houses of the retired ferryboat Berkeley, docked in Sausalito, California where he resided while writing his autobiography Wanderer, which was first published in 1963. … Read More


1969 53 Years Old Hayden bought a canal barge in the Netherlands in 1969, eventually moving it to the heart of Paris and living on it part of the time. … Read More


1986 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Sterling Hayden died of prostate cancer in Sausalito in 1986, age 70. … Read More
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