Stephen Boyd

Born Jul 4, 1931

Stephen Boyd was a British actor from Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He appeared in some 60 films, most notably as "Messala" in Ben-Hur.

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1931 Birth Boyd was born William Millar in 1931 (some references say 1928). … Read More


1957 26 Years Old …  During late 1957, Bardot, Boyd and renowned actress Alida Valli filmed the lusty romance The Night Heaven Fell, directed by Roger Vadim, in Paris and in the region of Málaga, Spain, specifically the small town of Mijas. … Read More
Boyd's first true Hollywood role came as a renegade cowboy in the Fox western The Bravados, which starred Gregory Peck and Joan Collins. It was during the making of this film in Mexico in the early part of 1958 that Boyd was finally convinced to audition for the coveted role of Messala in MGM's upcoming epic Ben-Hur. … Read More
After Ben-Hur filming was completed, Boyd starred with Academy Award winner Susan Hayward in the California-based drama Woman Obsessed. Some advertisements for this movie labeled Boyd as "The New Gable." He was then part of another excellent ensemble cast in the adaptation of Rona Jaffe's novel The Best of Everything, filmed in early 1959.
Modern Screen magazine in 1960 stated that Boyd's ruthless Messala had "lost the chariot race but captured the sympathy and sex appeal of Ben-Hur."


In January 1962 Boyd starred in a television film from General Electric Theater called The Wall Between.
1964 - 1967 4 More Events
1969 38 Years Old 1 More Event
The film was released during the volatile civil rights era and in May 1969 Boyd attended the premiere alongside Dionne Warwick in Baltimore, Maryland Closely following Slaves, Boyd starred in another story about racial tension, this time a World War II made-for-television drama called Carter's Army (or Black Brigade) which aired in August 1970, featuring a young Richard Pryor. … Read More
1970 39 Years Old 1 More Event
Boyd would actually go on to star and narrate a Scientology recruiting film called Freedom in 1970. … Read More


1971 40 Years Old 1 More Event
He worked with cult director Romain Gary in the drug thriller Kill! in 1971.
1972 41 Years Old 1 More Event
He also kept travelling to exotics destinations to act, including Australia for The Hands of Cormac Joyce in 1972, South Africa for Control Factor and The Manipulator in 1972-1973, Jamaica for the scuba diving adventure The Treasure of Jamaica Reef in 1972, Florida for the television pilot Key West in 1973 and Hawaii in his last acting stint as a guest star on the popular television show Hawaii Five-O in 1977.
1977 46 Years Old 1 More Event
His most critically acclaimed role during the 1970s was as a colourful Irish gangster in the UK crime thriller The Squeeze in 1977. … Read More
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