Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd (born William Millar; 4 July 1931 – 2 June 1977) was a Northern Irish actor. He appeared in some 60 films, most notably as the villainous Messala in Ben-Hur (1959), a role that earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture. He received his second Golden Globe Award nomination for Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962). He also appeared, sometimes as a hero and sometimes as a malefactor, in the major big-screen productions Les bijoutiers du clair de lune (1958), The Bravados (1958), Imperial Venus (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Genghis Khan (1965), Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Shalako (1968).

Stephen Boyd
Boyd in 1961
Born
William Millar

(1931-07-04)4 July 1931
Glengormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Died2 June 1977(1977-06-02) (aged 45)
Northridge, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeOakwood Memorial Park Cemetery
OccupationActor
Years active1955–1977
Spouse(s)
Mariella di Sarzana
(m. 1958; div. 1959)

Elizabeth Mills
(m. 1974)
Partner(s)Marisa Mell (1970–1972)