Stephen Boyd – Filming Ben Hur & Premiere/Golden Globes

If you haven’t heard the news, there is a new version of Ben Hur to be released this summer by MGM.  Stephen Boyd will always be remembered for his amazing performance as the villain Messala from the 1959 spectacular Ben Hur epic–just as his predecessor Francis X Bushman was from the 1929 silent Ben Hur. Here’s a few pics of Stephen during the filming of the movie, the NYC premiere and the Golden Globe award ceremony.

Stephen winning the Golden Globe award on March 10, 1960 for Best Supporting Actor in Ben Hur. He attended the awards with Israeli actress Elena Eden.

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Ben Hur Director William Wyler and actress Haya Hayareet

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Stephen attended the Golden Globes with Israeli actress Elena Eden.

Stephen Boyd, Charleton Heston, Haya Hayareet, Ramon Navarro (from the silent 1929 Ben Hur)  and Martha Scott attend the New York City Ben Hur Premiere in December, 1959.

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Below, Stephen charms Martha Scott (Ben Hur’s mother in the film) with a big kiss at the NYC premiere. That devilish Messala!

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Ben Hur merchandise!

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American actor Charlton Heston and British actor Stephen Boyd, wearing stage costumes, having fun in riding a Vespa and a bicycle on the set of the film ‘Ben Hur’ in the studios of Cinecittà. Rome, 1958
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American actor Charlton Heston and British actor Stephen Boyd, wearing stage costumes, having fun in riding a Vespa and a bicycle on the set of the film ‘Ben Hur’ in the studios of Cinecittà. A background actor is with them. Rome, 1958

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With Francis X Bushman (the Messsala from 1929 Ben Hur) and Bushman’s wife from https://m.facebook.com/boydfans

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Charleton Heston, Audrey Hepburn and Stephen Boyd, 1959.

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The famous Vespa picture of Heston and Boyd on set at Cinecitta studios in Rome.

Stephen Boyd during the filming of Ben Hur at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, 1958
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BEN-HUR Second Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator YAKIMA CANUTT with star STEPHEN BOYD BEN-HUR Date: 1958

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Stephen’s toga for Ben Hur!benhur (2)

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