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Sterling Hayden Height, Weight, Age, Death, Family, Biography

Sterling Hayden Quick Info
Height 6 ft 4.5 in
Weight 92 kg
Date of Birth March 26, 1916
Zodiac Sign Aries
Date of Death May 23, 1986

Sterling Hayden was an American actor, author, sailor, model, and soldier who gained acclaim with his work in Westerns and film noir throughout the 1950s. He appeared in movies like VirginiaBahama PassageBlaze of NoonEl PasoThe Golden Hawk, The Asphalt JungleManhandledThe StarJourney into LightTen Days to Tulara, Flat Top, 5 Steps to Danger, Denver and Rio GrandeHellgate, Flaming FeatherFighter AttackTake Me to TownCrime Wave, Prince ValiantThe Long Goodbye, Arrow in the DustNaked Alibi, Battle TaxiJohnny Guitar, Gun Battle at Monterey, The Final Programme, The Eternal SeaShotgunTimberjackThe Last CommandThe Come OnTerror in a Texas Town, Top GunCrime of PassionThe Iron Sheriff, Venom, Dr. StrangeloveThe GodfatherHard ContractKing of the GypsiesCipolla Colt, Gas, and Winter Kills.

Born Name

Sterling Relyea Walter

Nick Names

Sterling Hayden, Sterling Walter Hayden, John Hamilton, The Most Beautiful Man in the Movies, The Beautiful Blond Viking God, Shirley

Sterling Hayden as a member of the Hollywood Committee for the First Amendment disembarking plane in Los Angeles, California in 1947
Sterling Hayden as a member of the Hollywood Committee for the First Amendment disembarking plane in Los Angeles, California in 1947 (Los Angeles Daily News / / CC BY 4.0)


He was born on March 26, 1916.


On May 23, 1986, Sterling Hayden died of prostate cancer at the age of 70 in Sausalito, Marin County, California, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Upper Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, United States





Sterling Hayden studied at Wassookeag School in Dexter, Maine.

When he was 16, he dropped out of high school.


Actor, Author, Sailor, Model, Soldier


  • Father – George Walter
  • Mother – Frances Walter
  • Others – James Hayden (Adoptive Father)




6 ft 4.5 in or 194.5 cm


92 kg or 203 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Sterling Hayden had dated –

  1. Yvonne De Carlo
  2. Madeleine Carroll (1940-1946) – Sterling Hayden started going out with English actor Madeleine Carroll in 1940 and they were married from 1942 to 1946. The couple also worked together in the films Virginia (1941) and Bahama Passage (1941).
  3. Patricia Morison (1941-1942) – In March 1941, he started dating stage, television, and film actor Patricia Morison but the duo parted ways the following year.
  4. Karin Booth (1941) – He dated actor Karin Booth from April 1941 to May 1941.
  5. Betty Ann de Noon (1947-1958) – In 1947, Sterling Hayden married Betty Ann de Noon and they had 4 children – Christian, Dana, Gretchen, and Matthew. Following a bitter divorce battle, the duo finally divorced in 1958 and Hayden was awarded custody of their children.
  6. Shelley Winters (1954) – He had an affair with actor Shelley Winters in 1954.
  7. Joanne Dru (1958-1959) – Sterling Hayden went out with film and television actor Joanne Dru from December 1958 to January 1959.
  8. Catherine Devine McConnell (1960-1986) – He married Catherine Devine McConnell in 1960 and they remained together until his death in 1986. They had 2 sons – Andrew Hayden and David Hayden.

Race / Ethnicity


Sterling Hayden as seen in 1953
Sterling Hayden as seen in 1953 (Affiliated Magazines, New York / / Public Domain)

Hair Color

Light Brown

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

  • Deep voice
  • Towering height

Sterling Hayden Facts

  1. His father died when Sterling was a child and he was then adopted by a man named James Hayden when he was 9 years old. He was then renamed as ‘Sterling Walter Hayden’.
  2. After dropping out of high school, Sterling Hayden worked as a mate on a schooner and his first voyage was to Newport Beach, California, from New London, Connecticut. He also went on to work as a fisherman on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, ran a charter yacht, and served as a fireman on 11 trips to Cuba aboard a steamer.
  3. In 1938, he was awarded his first command at age 22 and he skippered the square rigger Florence C. Robinson 7,700 miles from Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Tahiti.
  4. He was a decorated Marine Corps officer and an agent of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
  5. Hayden had been cast in 5 films (The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Johnny Guitar (1954), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Godfather (1972), and The Long Goodbye (1973)) that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

Featured Image by Los Angeles Daily News / / CC BY 4.0

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