Stephen Boyd Overview:

Actor, Stephen Boyd, was born William Millar on Jul 4, 1931 in Glengormley, UK. Boyd died at the age of 45 on Jun 2, 1977 in Northridge, CA and was laid to rest in Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, CA.

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Stephen Boyd Quotes:

Livius: [standing over body of Timonides] What happened, gentle Greek? Did you try to tell them there were three possibilities? Did you not know there was a fourth? This!
[picks up and throws spear away]
Lucilla: This is the way they answer to reason and now even you must see, this is the only way to answer them.
Livius: He does not seem dead to me, I can still feel his life, hear his words. Tell me what I must do in his name.
[yelling]
Livius: March the army into Rome and drown the city in blood!
Lucilla: [uncovering the Christian cross Timonides wore around his neck] He was my father's friend and a wise man.
Livius: I shall go alone into Rome, if I do not return by sunset, let the army enter Rome.


Messala: By condemning without hesitation an old friend, I shall be feared.


General Carter: [after the briefing before the mission] Any questions?
Grant: Yes. When can I catch the next train back to town?


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Stephen Boyd Facts
Shortly before his death he was seriously considered for the role of the Regimental Sergeant Major in The Wild Geese (1978), which was subsequently played by Jack Watson.

In 1995, Charlton Heston denied a claim by screenwriter Gore Vidal that there was a gay subtext to the film Ben-Hur (1959). Vidal claims he wrote the script with such an implication and mentioned the subtext to director William Wyler. Boyd, who played Ben-Hur's friend (and later nemesis) Messala, supposedly was in on this subtext and played his scenes as if he had been spurned by his gay lover. Heston was not informed of this as they thought he would not like it. Heston went on to state that after writing one scene, Vidal was dismissed from the project. Vidal responded by producing extracts from Heston's 1978 journal "The Actor's Life", in which he admitted Vidal had written most of the finished screenplay.

Was the original choice to play James Bond 007 in Dr. No (1962).

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