November 25, 1953|
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 8, 1983
New York City, New York, U.S.
James Hayden (November 25, 1953 – November 8, 1983) was an American actor from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Apart from starring on Broadway and in various movies, he is perhaps best known for playing Patrick 'Patsy' Goldberg in the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America.
Hayden trained and served as a medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his discharge he returned to New York and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began working as an actor.
In 1983, the year of his death, he portrayed a heroin addict in the critically acclaimed play American Buffalo, co-starring with his close friend Al Pacino. James died of a heroin overdose during the production.
Portrayal on stage
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- The First Deadly Sin (1980)
- Marilyn: The Untold Story (1980)
- Cruising (1980)
- The Nesting (1981)
- The Patricia Neal Story (1981)
- The Intruder Within (1981)
- Once Upon a Time in America (1984)