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Sterling Hayden

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Birthday
26, 1916
Birthplace
Montclair, NJ
Death Date
May 23, 1996 (80)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
26, 1916
Birthplace
Montclair, NJ
Death Date
May 23, 1996 (80)

About

Billed by Paramount Studios as The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies, his 6'5" height made him a prototypical Western hero. His roles in The Godfather and The Long Goodbye brought him additional acclaim.

Before Fame

He dropped out of high school at age 16 to seek adventure as a mate on board a schooner. He later worked as a fisherman, and a yacht operator.

Trivia

He was a decorated soldier in WWII, delivering seaborne supplies to communist-occupied Yugoslavia, and later helped to rescue downed air crews from enemy territory.

Family Life

He was born Sterling Relyea Walter in Montclair, New Jersey, to George and Frances Walter, and after his father's death was adopted by James Hayden and renamed Sterling Walter Hayden.

Associated With

In one of his most famous roles, he played the aggressively coldblooded Brigadier General Jack Ripper in the Stanley Kubrick's classic, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.