Stephen Boyd is a Northern Irish actor. He has appeared in about 60 films, most notably as the villain Messala in Ben-Hur, which earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. He received a second Golden Globe nomination for Billy Rose's Jumbo film. He has also appeared, sometimes a hero and sometimes a villain, in big screen productions The Moonlight Jewelers, The Bravados, Imperial Venus, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Genghis Khan , Fantastic Voyage and Shalako.
|Born||William Millar, July 04, 1931, Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland|
|Died||June 02, 1977, Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Resting place||Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery|
|Partner(s)||Marisa Mell (1970–1972)|
Screen actor who most famously played the role of Messala in the 1959 classic film, Ben Hur. He also had roles in the films Seven Waves Away (1957), Poppies Are Also Flowers (1966), and Marta (1971).
He grew up in Northern Ireland with eight siblings. In his early adulthood years, he worked at travel and insurance agencies during the day and pursued a career as a theatre actor in the evenings.
He was the original choice for the role of Marc Antony in the film version of Cleopatra; however, following a delay in production, Richard Burton was re-cast in the role.
His first wife was Mary Mariella di Sarzana. Following his 1959 divorce, he married Elizabeth Mills, who remained his wife until his sudden death at the age of forty-five.
He was discovered by Michael Redgrave, who helped him make a name for himself in the British theatre world.
Burial at Oakwood Memorial Park cemetery. Everyone is educated at Ballyclare High School. 20th century male actor from Northern Ireland. The male actor is from Northern Ireland. Golden Globe Award (movie) for Best Supporting Actor. 20th Century Fox Contract Players. Male actors in Western movies (genre)