Today marks the centennial of the birth of Sterling Hayden.
Hayden was born in New Jersey on March 26, 1916.
Hayden was a Renaissance man with notable accomplishments as actor, author, soldier, and sailor.
On film Hayden was equally comfortable in Westerns and film noir. Here's a photo gallery to celebrate Hayden's centennial:
With Jean Hagen in John Huston's crime classic THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950):
With Ann Sheridan in a real charmer of a film, Douglas Sirk's TAKE ME TO TOWN (1953):
I think my favorite Hayden film is CRIME WAVE (1954), in which he plays a grouchy toothpick-chewing cop:
1954 was a banner year in Hayden's career, which also included JOHNNY GUITAR (shown with Joan Crawford)...
...and NAKED ALIBI (here with Gloria Grahame):
In publicity for the underrated Western SHOTGUN (1955), which costarred Yvonne DeCarlo and Zachary Scott:
With Coleen Gray during the stunning finale of Kubrick's classic THE KILLING (1956):
Sterling Hayden died due to cancer on May 23, 1986. He was 70 years old.
The American Cinematheque honors Hayden's centennial this weekend at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Sterling Hayden movies reviewed at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings: VARIETY GIRL (1947), EL PASO (1949), DENVER AND RIO GRANDE (1951), FLAT TOP (1952), TAKE ME TO TOWN (1953), CRIME WAVE (1954), NAKED ALIBI (1954), SUDDENLY (1954), ARROW IN THE DUST (1954) (also here), JOHNNY GUITAR (1954), TOP GUN (1955), SHOTGUN (1955), THE KILLING (1956), 5 STEPS TO DANGER (1957), and ZERO HOUR! (1957).
Just a few other notable Sterling Hayden films include THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950), SO BIG (1953), PRINCE VALIANT (1954), THE COME ON (1956), CRIME OF PASSION (1957), DR. STRANGELOVE (1964), THE GODFATHER (1972), and THE LONG GOODBYE (1973).