Sterling Hayden

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  • Birth Name: Sterling Relyea Walter
  • Birth Place: Montclair, New Jersey, United States
  • Died: May 23, 1986
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Dropped out of high school to pursue his love of sailing; served as a sailor and fireman on vessels and eventually captained a ship around the world at age 22.
  • Took up modeling and acting in order to financially support his sailing hobby; received his first movie contract with Paramount Pictures in 1940.
  • Promoted by Paramount as "The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies" and "The Beautiful Blond Viking God."
  • Served in World War II for the Office of Strategic Services under the pseudonym John Hamilton; awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.
  • Testified for the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1951, admitting his past membership with the Communist party and naming names. 
  • A custody battle with his second wife, Betty Ann de Noon, caused him to leave Hollywood in 1959; defied court orders and sailed with his children to the South Seas, which inspired his 1963 autobiography Wanderer.

Awards

  • 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Christian Winslow Hayden — Son
  • Frances Walter — Mother
  • Betty Ann de Noon — Ex-wife
  • George Walter — Father
  • James Hayden — Stepfather
  • Catherine Devine McConnell — Wife
  • Gretchen Belle Hayden Ruckert — Daughter
  • David Hayden — Son
  • Madeleine Carroll — Ex-wife
  • Dana Morgan Hayden — Son
  • Matthew Grant Hayden — Son
  • Andrew Hayden — Son

Details

  • Birth Name: Sterling Relyea Walter
  • Birth Place: Montclair, New Jersey, United States
  • Died: May 23, 1986
  • Profession: Actor