Sterling Hayden

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Quotes (2)

  • Sterling Hayden: To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen, who play with their boats at sea - "cruising," it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

  • Sterling Hayden: Wind to a sailor is what money is to life on shore.

Trivia (17)

  • Sterling married his first wife, Madeline Carroll, on Valentine's Day, 1942, and divorced on May 8, 1946.

  • Sterling was 6 feet 5 inches tall.

  • Sterling's first publicity picture was in the Boston Traveler newspaper, where he was shown as the winner of a Gloucester, NE fishing boat race in 1938, with the headline "Gloucester Sailor Like Movie Idol."

  • Sterling turned down the role of Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1967).

  • Sterling was considered for the role of the Fire Captain in Fahrenheit 451 (1966).

  • Sterling briefly joined the American Communist Party after making many friends among Communist Yugoslavian partisans during World War Two, but left after seeing the excesses of Stalin and Mao.

  • Sterling said he hated acting and only took film work to pay for the different boats he bought over his lifetime.

  • Sterling changed his name to "John Hamilton" when he joined the U.S. Marines Corps to avoid his being recognized as a star by other Marines.

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