Friday, February 20, 2009

Hot Toddy ~ Sterling Hayden

Stats: b. 3-26-1916 - d. 5-23-1986. 60 feature films from 1942 to 1982. Quit the movie business temporarily to sail to the South Seas with 4 of his kids. His autobiography Wanderer (1963) is still in print.

Rating based on level of excellence: 5 out of 5 Humunahs!

Hotness Factors: Rockin' physique, bad boy demeanor, beautiful blonde hair, sexy lips. Advertised back in the day as The Most Beautiful Man in Movies. He's the type of guy who may be interested but he's not about to show it, and that drives women wild!

Chicks He Digged: First he married actress Madeleine Carroll but they divorced after 4 years of marriage. Then he married Betty de Noon. They couldn't make up their minds whether to stay together or not. They married and divorced 3 times within 11 years, having 4 children along the way. Hayden finally settled down with Catherine Devine McDonnell with whom he had 2 children and they stayed married for 26 years until his death in 1986.

For Optimal Hotness Watch:

The Asphalt Jungle (1950) ~ Sterling plays Dix Handley, an ex-convict who is part of a complex heist to rob a jewelry store. He wants to start a new life and you root for him to get away with his crime. His devoted gal stands by his side.

The Killing (1956) ~ Sterling Hayden plays Johnny Clay, an ex-convict who is part of a complex heist to rob a horse racetrack. He wants to start a new life and you root for him to get away with his crime. His devoted gal stands by his side.


  1. He is the embodiment of purity of essence.

  2. Wow, I didn't know he was married to Madeleine Carroll! He's also really great in Crime of Passion.

  3. Definitely a 5 out of 5. I love his blond hair. :)

    Married to Madeline Carroll? I'm amazed. I didn't know that. She's so - kind of - prim and proper and he's so average Joe. It's a shame it didn't work out, because I bet they made a handsome couple.

    Those descriptions of his films are hilariously accurate. I never realized how similar they both are, but you're right. :)

  4. He was also way hot in the rare Universal film The Come-On which starred Anne Baxter as his love interest.

  5. I often get his films and Robert Ryan's confused, so I had better keep my comments on his films to myself until the affliction passes. I was about to reccommend his great film "The Set Up"!!

    One thing I did read recently- Sterling named a few names at the McCarthy hearings, and by all accounts was plagued by this for the rest of his life.

    Regardless of his personal failings, I still remember him grabbing at his collar as his life spills away in "The Godfather"...

    Or was that Robert Ryan??!!

  6. Samuel - Well said my friend! Well said.

    Kate Gabrielle & Casey - I guess I don't know who Madeline Carroll is? Must research...

    Chris - Thanks for the recommendation.

    Mandingo - Well Sterling Hayden was blond and Robert Ryan had brown hair. That's a good way to distinguish them! I own The Set-Up, it's one of my favorite film noirs.

  7. All three interviews of Sterling Hayden done by Tom Snyder on the Tomorrow Show are now up on YouTube.


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