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January 7, 2023

Vintage Portrait Photos of Sterling Hayden in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1916 in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, American actor Sterling Hayden was a leading man for most of his career, he specialized in westerns and film noir throughout the 1950s, in films such as John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954), and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing (1956). He became noted for supporting roles in the 1960s, perhaps most memorably as General Jack D. Ripper in Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

Hayden’s success continued into the New Hollywood era, with roles such as Irish-American policeman Captain McCluskey in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), alcoholic novelist Roger Wade in Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973), and elderly peasant Leo Dalcò in Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 (1976). With a distinctive “rapid-fire baritone” voice and standing at 6 ft 5 in (196 cm), he had a commanding screen presence in both leading and supporting roles.

Hayden died of prostate cancer in Sausalito, California in 1986, aged 70. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of young Sterling Hayden in the 1940s and 1950s.


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