Photo of Sterling Hayden Sterling Hayden

Born in Montclair, N.J., on March 26, 1916, Sterling Hayden was at the height of his powers in the wake of World War II as a studio-described "blond Viking god," turning in a memorable performance in the Oscar-nominated crime drama The Asphalt Jungle (1950) before suffering a career setback for his affiliation with the Communist Party.

But in an ironic twist, after testifying for the House Un-American Activities Committee, Hayden returned to the big screen with a splash as an anti-Communist general in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964), a performance that earned him a BAFTA nomination.

Hayden is also remembered for playing supporting roles in two high-profile films: The Godfather (1972) and Nine to Five (1980), in which he played a corrupt cop and a chairman of the board, respectively. He died on May 23, 1986, at the age of 70.

Sterling Hayden in The Godfather

The Godfather

1972 R

When organized-crime family patriarch Vito Corleone barely survives an attempt on his life, his youngest son steps in to take care of the would-be killers, launching a campaign of bloody revenge in this Oscar-winning epic.

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