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An accidental actor, Sterling Hayden never felt right about appearing on movie screens anywhere and was more at ease at the wheel of a ship.Self-doubt bedeviled Hayden while Lee brimmed with self-confidence.Lee (1940-1973) was born in the U.S. and appeared in Hong Kong films as a child.Lee used that surprising success to start calling the shots on his films, though he made only a handful before his death.In "Sterling Hayden's Wars," author Lee Mandel offers far more information about the actor's turbulent life than his film career – an unusual approach for a movie star biography. Mandel makes the case that Hayden (1916-1986) fought against a dysfunctional childhood, the Nazis, the Hollywood establishment, the communist witch hunt of the '50s, an ex-wife and himself. No matter what he achieved, whether a Silver Star as a Marine or an acting career that spanned 60-odd film credits and several TV roles, Hayden felt like a fake. Lee Mandel's "Sterling Hayden's Wars" is published by University Press of Mississippi.
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