Stephen Boyd

1931 - 1977

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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). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stephen Boyd has received more than 2,232,839 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Stephen Boyd is the 972nd most popular actor (down from 762nd in 2019), the 1,060th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 927th in 2019) and the 137th most popular British Actor.

Stephen Boyd was a famous Hollywood actor who was best known for playing the role of Messala in the film Ben-Hur.

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Among actors, Stephen Boyd ranks 972 out of 13,578Before him are Cardi B, Dharmendra, Marisa Berenson, Michael Biehn, Giancarlo Esposito, and Patricia Neal. After him are Fran Drescher, Frank Oz, Fred Ward, John Forsythe, Lou Ferrigno, and Dean Stockwell.

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Among people born in 1931, Stephen Boyd ranks 83Before him are Sam Cooke, John Robert Schrieffer, Vujadin Boškov, Charles Taylor, Telê Santana, and Ferenc Mádl. After him are Takashi Takabayashi, Thorvald Stoltenberg, Sergio Sebastiani, Nikolai Chernykh, Johnny Kitagawa, and Anthony de Mello. Among people deceased in 1977, Stephen Boyd ranks 48Before him are Oskar Morgenstern, Naum Gabo, Modibo Keïta, Kamal Jumblatt, Lee Miller, and Sepp Herberger. After him are Jan Patočka, Leopold Stokowski, Princess Margaretha of Sweden, Bruno Streckenbach, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and Paul Desmond.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Stephen Boyd ranks 1,060 out of 8,785Before him are Reginald Pole (1500), Joseph Bell (1837), Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881), Ron Dennis (1947), George Boleyn, 2nd Viscount Rochford (1504), and Frank Lloyd (1886). After him are Thomas Willis (1621), Frank Oz (1944), William Smith (1769), Isabella Bird (1831), David Hamilton (1933), and Cozy Powell (1947).

Among ACTORS In United Kingdom

Among actors born in United Kingdom, Stephen Boyd ranks 137Before him are David Warner (1941), Jeremy Brett (1933), Michael Palin (1943), Sebastian Shaw (1905), Kenny Baker (1934), and John Nettles (1943). After him are Frank Oz (1944), Sacha Baron Cohen (1971), Dirk Bogarde (1921), Honor Blackman (1925), Helen McCrory (1968), and Patrick Macnee (1922).

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