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


Judah Ben-Hur: [after he is sentenced to the galleys] May God grant me vengeance! I will pray that you live until I return!
Messala: [ironically] Return?


Jamuga: If I were free from this yoke, my hands would steal your jackal breath forever!


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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).

Nearly died during the great flu epidemic in London in 1952.

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