Sterling Hayden
Sterling Hayden
Biographical Information
Born March 26, 1916
Died May 23, 1986
First The Godfather
Portrayed Capt. McCluskey

Sterling Hayden was an American actor and author.


Born in New Jersey, Hayden was adopted at the age of nine and moved to New Hampshire. He ran away and became a ship's boy at the age of 17, and later became interested in movies, marrying his first co-star Madeleine Caroll in 1942.

After two film roles, he joined the COI as an agent, and later became a Marine and (briefly) a Communist. He continued acting merely to finance his many voyages and journeys. He appeared in several sucessful movies, including The Godfather (as Captain McCluskey) and Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Sterling Hayden died of prostate cancer in 1986.

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