(March 26, 1916 – May 23, 1986)
Let’s remember one of my favorite actors on what would’ve been his 97th birthday.
The fact that Hayden claimed he was acting only because the money was good, and would support his love of sailing, didn’t keep him from making some great films — The Asphalt Jingle (1950), Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954), The Killing (1956), Dr. Strangelove (1964), The Godfather (1972), etc. — and appearing in a string of medium-budget 50s Westerns like Gun Battle At Monterey (1957). What a fascinating man he was. His books, the autobiography Wanderer and novel Voyage, are still in print.
He’s seen above in Gun Battle At Monterey with Lee Van Cleef and Ted de Corsia. What casts some of these cheap things had!