Starring Sterling Hayden

Starring Sterling Hayden

12 Episodes

A sailor and fisherman who fell into movies by accident, Sterling Hayden never lost the rugged, no-nonsense naturalism that was at the center of his appeal. A commanding, outsized screen presence thanks to his strapping, six-foot-five-inch frame and distinctive baritone voice, Hayden brought innate strength and gravitas to classic noirs (THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, THE KILLING) and westerns (JOHNNY GUITAR, TERROR IN A TEXAS TOWN) alike. Memorably cast later in his career as the Hemingwayesque alcoholic writer whose disappearance is at the center of Robert Altman’s THE LONG GOODBYE, Hayden radiated the kind of maverick cool that can’t be learned—it just is.

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Starring Sterling Hayden
  • Starring Sterling Hayden Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Asphalt Jungle

    Episode 2

    Directed by John Huston • 1950 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen

    In a smog-choked city somewhere in the American Midwest, an aging criminal mastermind, newly released from prison, hatches a plan for a million-dollar jewel heist and draws a wealthy lawyer and a c...

  • Denver & Rio Grande

    Episode 3

    Directed by Byron Haskin • 1952 • United States
    Starring Edmond O’Brien, Sterling Hayden, Dean Jagger

    The building of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad provides the colorful backdrop to this entertaining western. Edmond O’Brien and Sterling Hayden are the rival engineers who compete to construc...

  • Crime Wave

    Episode 4

    Directed by André De Toth • 1953 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Gene Nelson, Phyllis Kirk

    Steve Lacey (Gene Nelson) has tried to stay away from crime since he was released from prison: he’s newly married and has a decent job. But when his former cellmate escapes from the penitentiary ...

  • Johnny Guitar

    Episode 5

    Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1954 • United States
    Starring Joan Crawford, Mercedes McCambridge, Sterling Hayden

    It’s psychosexual delirium on the range in Nicholas Ray’s blazingly Freudian horse opera, one of the most fascinating, subversive, and outrageously stylized westerns ever made. Joan Craw...

  • The Eternal Sea

    Episode 6

    Directed by John H. Auer • 1955 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith, Ben Cooper

    Sterling Hayden delivers a quietly commanding performance as real-life U.S. Admiral John Hoskins, whose devotion to the Navy inspired his heroic efforts to retain active-duty status and command des...

  • The Last Command

    Episode 7

    Directed by Frank Lloyd • 1955 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard Carlson

    The life of Texan folk hero Jim Bowie and the events leading up to his fabled stand at the Alamo provide the basis for this rousing western. The strapping Sterling Hayden is ideally c...

  • The Killing

    Episode 8

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1956 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Vince Edwards

    Stanley Kubrick’s account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood’s tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time-shuffling narrative, razor-sharp dialogue from pulp noveli...

  • Crime of Passion

    Episode 9

    Directed by Gerd Oswald • 1957 • United States
    Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr

    Barbara Stanwyck delivers a tour-de-force performance as a suburban housewife turned murderous femme fatale in this potent noir firecracker with feminist undertones. Kathy Ferguson (Stanwyck) ...

  • Terror in a Texas Town

    Episode 10

    Directed by Joseph H. Lewis • 1958 • United States
    Starring Sterling Hayden, Sebastian Cabot, Carol Kelly

    The final feature directed by innovative B-movie auteur Joseph H. Lewis (GUN CRAZY) is a gritty, subversive western that crackles with the director’s noir-tinged stylistic flourishes. Pseudo...

  • The Long Goodbye

    Episode 11

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1973 • United States
    Starring Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden

    Robert Altman updates Raymond Chandler for the liberated, hedonistic 1970s in this brilliantly idiosyncratic adaptation of one of the writer’s most renowned novels. Elliott Gould brings a ...

  • Pharos of Chaos

    Episode 12

    Directed by Manfred Blank and Wolf-Eckart Bühler • 1983 • Germany

    This candid 1983 documentary about actor Sterling Hayden was directed by Manfred Blank and Wolf-Eckart Bühler.