Sterling Hayden

Born Mar 26, 1916

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.
1940 24 Years Old Hayden spoke of his nautical experiences before the monthly meeting of the Adventurers' Club of New York on March 21, 1940. … 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 In 1958, after a bitter divorce from Betty Ann de Noon, Hayden 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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