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Stephen has green eyes, red-brown hair and hits the screen with the impact of a cinema-scope H-bomb. “I like Steve because he sweats,’ confided a frank young miss. “‘He makes other actors look like department store dummies. He’s rough, manly.”
by Wanda Hale Daily News, New York
October 23, 1960, Paris
An American girl invited me to lunch with her and I told her I couldn’t because I was having lunch with Stephen Boyd. She went into ecstasy. “I envy you. Stephen Boyd is wonderful. I love him because he sweats. He is such a man he makes all the other young actors look like department store dummies.”
I hadn’t noticed that Stephen Boyd perspired –but I have noticed that he is an actor with masculine magnetism and is getting roles in which he can exhibit his physical appeal as well as his acting ability.
Boyd was finishing up Darryl Zanuck’s “The Big Gamble” before reporting to London for the Marc Anthony role in 20th Century Fox’ Todd-AO Eastman-color historical spectacle, “Cleopatra.”
“The Big Gamble” he said, “is an adventure story with humor about a red-headed Irish seaman, his high-spirited Corsican bride and his meddling bank-clerk cousin when they try to establish a trucking business on the Ivory Coast of Africa.” He thinks they another “African Queen.”
Making the film was a rugged adventure for Boyd and his co-stars, Juliette Greco and David Wayne. It was photographed in actual locations, and living in Africa wasn’t exactly as comfortable as living in Paris where polishing and dubbing is being done.
Daily News, NY, May 17, 1959 – “Woman Obsessed”
Daily News, NY, November 15, 1959- “Ben-Hur”
Daily News, NY, August 27, 1961- “The Big Gamble”
Indianapolis Star, April 14, 1964 – “The Fall of the Roman Empire”
The Oscar Press Kit, 1966 – “The Oscar”
The amazing French chanteuse! Juliette co-starred with Stephen Boyd in the 1961 adventure film “The Big Gamble”.
Photos by Gjon Mili.
Stephen Boyd was forever grateful to co-star David Wayne in the summer of 1961 while filming “The Big Gamble” on the Ardeche River in southern France. This 1961 “Motion Picture” magazine article below tells the dramatic story of Stephen’s very close brush with death. Thank goodness David Wayne was a good swimmer! Stephen also told the story himself in late 1961 while guest starring on the “What’s My Line?” TV show.