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:

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?


Grant: Wait a minute! They can't shrink me.
General Carter: Our miniaturizer can shrink anything.
Grant: But I don't want to be miniaturized!
General Carter: It's just for an hour.
Grant: Not even for a minute!


Messala: [greedily] Drusus, as a boy I dreamed of commanding this garrison. And now the wheel has turned. I am in command.


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

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.

He blamed the massive commercial failure of The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) for ruining his movie career.

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