His biggest movie, Once Upon A Time in America, where he had a supporting role opposite Robert DeNiro, hadn't even been released yet. It was through his critically acclaimed Broadway performances in A View From the Bridge and American Buffalo, that had insiders anticipating great things for this troubled actor.
Like many actors before him, James Hayden started out in small roles in now forgotten films like The First Deadly Sin, and the made-for-television movie, The Patricia Neal Story, in which he played a young Martin Sheen. He did show a lot of promise as Patsy Goldberg in Once Upon A Time in America and was seen by many as an actor on his way up, but the movies on his resume and the performances within them, are things one sees as stepping stones at the beginning of a career, not at the end.
Had he lived, who knows what kind of an impact this talented actor would have had on the entertainment world. His star was rising and he certainly would have had opportunities, but sadly we'll never know, making James Hayden my pick of the day for Not Very Famous...but should be.