The shrinkage: In honour of Ant-Man, we rank the best movies about characters who shrink down – Ottawa Citizen

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#1!!!

Fantastic Voyage

It’s somewhat surprising that one of the more family-friendly offerings of the shrunken down genre, would be among the most serious. Decades after its 1966 release, Fantastic Voyage has been echoed in films like Innerspace and an unforgettable episode of The Magic School Bus. Nonetheless, it still stands out as the best shrunken-down mission into the human body. With a compelling narrative adventure and a colourful aesthetic composition, Fantastic Voyage is the perfect intersection of science-fiction and anxiety-symbology, making it the all-time shrink-down classic.

Actor Stephen Boyd commemorated with blue plaque – BBC News

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Actor Stephen Boyd commemorated with blue plaque

Stephen Boyd was born in Northern Ireland and became a Hollywood legend

Actor Stephen Boyd, who became a Hollywood film idol, has been commemorated with a blue plaque close to his Newtownabbey birthplace.

Boyd is famous for the chariot scene in 1950s blockbuster, Ben-Hur, when he raced alongside Charlton Heston.But he was originally Billy Millar from Glengormley, the youngest of nine children, born on 4 July 1931.It was a chance encounter with Sir Michael Redgrave at a London cinema that paved the way to success. Before that, the aspiring actor had spent nights on a park bench and even busked outside the cinema to make money.Sir Michael helped him along the road to success. He had his big break with the Hollywood epic, Ben Hur.

The blue plaque was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon.

He won a Golden Globe for best supporting actor for his role and carried the scars from that chariot race for the rest of his life.During his career, he played opposite famous leading ladies including Sophia Loren, Doris Day and Brigitte Bardot. Despite the glamour, he never forgot his roots and returned to his parent’s house as often as he could. He bought a bungalow for his parents in Bangor and named it Messala – his character in Ben-Hur.

Stephen Boyd’s Hollywood success has been celebrated by the Ulster History Circle. He died of a heart attack in 1977, aged 46.The plaque was unveiled at noon on Wednesday, at Moygara, 292 Shore Road, Whitehouse.

 

Blue plaque honour for Ulster-born Hollywood star Stephen Boyd

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Blue plaque honour for Ulster-born Hollywood star Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd appeared in around 60 movies
Stephen Boyd appeared in around 60 movies
The life and work of legendary Hollywood actor Stephen Boyd is to be commemorated with the unveiling of a blue plaque close to his birthplace in Newtownabbey.
The Ulster History Circle – a voluntary organization which erects plaques across the Province to celebrate people of achievement – will officially unveil the plaque at ‘Moygara’, Shore Road, Whitehouse, tomorrow at noon.
Stephen Boyd – real name William Millar – was born in a house, long demolished, at the corner of the Doagh Road, Whitehouse on July 4, 1931. He was the youngest of nine siblings born to Irish/Canadian parents, James Alexander Millar and his wife Martha Boyd. At a very early age, William, or Billy as he was known, moved with the family to live in Glengormley. Whilst living there, in 1935 he attended the local Public Elementary School, but left the school at the age of 14 to study shorthand typing and bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial in Belfast.
As he grew up, Billy became the ‘heart throb’ of many of the local Glengormley women with his film star looks, and by late 1948 his wanderlust had led him to Canada and the United States where he performed on radio with a touring theatre company. He returned home, as he did many times in the ensuing years, and graduated from the local Carnmoney Drama Group to the Ulster Players at the Group Theatre where writer and actor, the late, great Joseph Tomelty gave him the role of the gravel-voiced policeman in the popular radio series, The McCooeys.
Billy travelled to London in 1951 as an understudy with the Ulster Players for a performance as part of the Festival of Britain. Whilst in London he met Sir Michael Redgrave who arranged a contract with London Films, later to become part of 20th Century Fox in Hollywood.
So, the young man from Whitehouse and Glengormley, who had big dreams of becoming a star, made his first movie in Hollywood in 1954 – Lilacs in the Spring, with Zsa Zsa Gabor and Anna Neagle. With his name changed to Stephen Boyd, his real break came in the role of a Nazi spy in the 1956 production of the Man Who Never Was.
He became noted for his looks and his acting, and the following year, he was auditioning along with such famous names as Victor Mature, Stewart Granger and Kirk Douglas for the part of Messala in William Wyler’s 1959 MGM epic, Ben-Hur, set in ancient Rome. The part of Messala catapulted Stephen to international stardom, and he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He was being hailed as ‘The New Gable’.
For almost three decades and some 60 movies, Stephen Boyd played opposite some of the greatest leading ladies, Sophia Loren, Doris Day, Bridget Bardot, Camilla Sparv, to name but a few.
Despite the glamour of Hollywood, Boyd never forgot his roots and returned to Glengormley to his parents’ house as often as he could; many times resting there after filming in Europe. He purchased a new bungalow for his parents in Bangor and James and Martha named it ‘Messala’, after their son’s most famous role.
Boyd married twice in California. In 1975 he married his long-time girlfriend and secretary, Elizabeth Mills, but just two years later on June 2, 1977 aged just 46, whilst playing golf in the San Fernando Valley, he collapsed and died of a heart attack. He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Los Angeles alongside other Hollywood greats such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers.Boyd is also remembered on his parents’ grave in the Clandeboye Cemetery, Bangor.
Chris Spurr, chairman of the Ulster History Circle, said: “Stephen Boyd was born in Whitehouse across the lough from Holywood, Co Down, but he set his sights on Hollywood, California, from where he achieved world-wide fame, starring in many movies. “The Ulster History Circle is delighted to commemorate this celebrated actor with a blue plaque close to his birthplace, and the circle would particularly like to thank Abbey Historical Society for their financial support towards the plaque.” 
Read more at: https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/blue-plaque-honour-for-ulster-born-hollywood-star-stephen-boyd-1-8552887

From Glengormley to Tinseltown, Ben-Hur star Boyd gets blue plaque

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This is awesome news!!!!

NI actor Stephen Boyd in film Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston

 

NI actor Stephen Boyd in film Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston

By Adrian Rutherford

 

A Northern Ireland actor who went from busking to the big screen, becoming a Hollywood star, will be honoured tomorrow.

Stephen Boyd’s own life story reads like something from the movies.

Born Billy Millar, the actor from Glengormley in Co Antrim was propelled to international fame after a chance encounter with Sir Michael Redgrave while working as a doorman in a London cinema.

He went on to feature in films such as the Biblical epic Ben-Hur, and starred alongside leading actresses including Zsa Zsa Gabor, Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot.

Now, his remarkable career will be celebrated with the awarding of a blue plaque in his memory by the Ulster History Circle.

The plaque will be unveiled tomorrow at ‘Moygara’ on the Shore Road at Whitehouse, near Newtownabbey.

Chris Spurr, the chairman of the Ulster History Circle, said: “Stephen Boyd was born in Whitehouse across the Lough from Holywood, Co Down, but he set his sights on Hollywood, California, from where he achieved worldwide fame, starring in many movies.

“The Ulster History Circle is delighted to commemorate this celebrated actor with a blue plaque close to his birthplace.”

Boyd was born in a house, long demolished, at the corner of the Doagh Road near Whitehouse on July 4, 1931, before relocating with his family to Glengormley.

He left school aged 14 to study shorthand typing and bookkeeping at Hughes Commercial in Belfast.

But he stood out with his film star looks, and by late 1948 his wanderlust had led him to Canada and the United States, where he performed on radio with a touring theatre company.

Boyd returned home and graduated from the local Carnmoney Drama Group to the Ulster Players at the Group Theatre.

There, writer and actor Joseph Tomelty gave him the role of the gravel-voiced policeman in the popular radio series, The McCooeys.

In 1951 he travelled to London as an understudy with the Ulster Players for a performance as part of the Festival of Britain.

His attempts at acting glory suffered setbacks, and he was forced to spend some nights on a park bench, even busking outside the cinema.

Then his career received a lucky break when he landed a job as a cinema commissionaire in Leicester Square.

There he met Sir Michael Redgrave who arranged a contract with London Films, later to become part of 20th Century Fox in Hollywood.

By 1954 the young man from Whitehouse and Glengormley, who had always dreamed of becoming a star, had made his first Hollywood movie, Lilacs in the Spring, with Zsa Zsa Gabor and Anna Neagle. But his biggest break came in the role of a Nazi spy in the 1956 production of The Man Who Never Was.

He became more and more noticed for his looks as well as his acting, and the following year he was auditioning along with famous names such as Victor Mature, Stewart Grainger and Kirk Douglas for the part of Messala in William Wyler’s 1959 MGM epic, Ben-Hur.

He landed the part, and the role catapulted him to international stardom.

He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and was being hailed as ‘The New Gable’. He went on to be a key figure in films such as The Fall of the Roman Empire and Genghis Khan.

But life in the limelight was not without its complications.

Boyd carried scars as a legacy of Ben-Hur’s famous chariot race. Then, in 1961, whilst filming Darryl Zanuck’s The Big Sleep, he twice almost lost his life.

Despite a Hollywood career spanning almost three decades and some 60 movies, he never forgot his roots and returned to Glengormley to his parents’ house as often as he could; many times resting there after filming in Europe.

He purchased a new bungalow for his parents, James and Martha, in Bangor, Co Down, and they named it Messala after their son’s most famous role, in Ben-Hur.

Boyd married twice in California including, in 1975, his long time girlfriend and secretary, Elizabeth Mills.

But two years later, on June 2, 1977, he collapsed and died of a heart attack while playing golf in the San Fernando Valley. He was just 46. He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Los Angeles, amidst other Hollywood greats such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rodgers. Boyd is also remembered on his parents’ grave in Clandeboye Cemetery, Bangor.

Tomorrow, he will be honoured by the Ulster History Circle, a charity which erects blue plaques in public places across the nine counties of Ulster to celebrate people of achievement.

A person of note is not considered for a blue plaque unless they have been dead for at least 20 years, or would have reached their 100th birthday.

Belfast Telegraph