Oakwood Memorial Park- Stephen Boyd’s Gravesite

Stephen Boyd is buried in a crypt at a beautifully serene outside mausoleum in a California cemetery in the city of Chatsworth. Stephen, along with other stars like Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Gloria Grahame, can be found here. It’s a little difficult to read Stephen’s plaque as it is on the uppermost part of the outside mausoleum wall corner. You can sit just beneath the wall in the cool shade on a nice marble bench.  His name, along with his wife Elizabeth Mills, can be seen. Stephen’s date of birth and death are listed (1931-1977) on his plaque –  Elizabeth’s plaque just shows her name, not her date of birth or death. Just across from his crypt in the grass is a stately female marble statue surrounded a rose bush. Along the fence is a long line of tall, slender cypresses which remind me of Italy.  This was truly a serene and lovely cemetery. There was something very emotional and tangible about visiting Stephen’s grave, and knowing that he died at such an early age (45 years old). I was deeply touched and moved to know that Stephen – such a content, handsome,  happy person in real life – was put to rest in such a perfect location. You can almost feel the warmth of his smile in this place.

Pictures taken on a visit to Oakwood Memorial Park in Chatsworth, California  in August 2015.

RIP dear Stephen.

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Stephen’s spot in this mausoleum wall is on the very top left side corner…

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Below text and map from this great website, http://www.seeing-stars.com/Buried2/Oakwood.shtml

Also at Oakwood, you’ll find actor Stephen Boyd (1928-1977), who starred in such films as “Fantastic Voyage,” “Jumbo,” “Fall of the Roman Empire,” “The Oscar” and “The Bible.”

But his most memorable role is probably from the 1959 epic “Ben-Hur.” In the film, Boyd plays the key role of Charleton Heston’s boyhood friend, ‘Messala,’ who returns to Jerusulem as the new Roman Tribune, and has his friend Heston shipped off in chains to die as a slave on a galley ship. He is also the one who races against Heston in the movie’s climactic chariot race – and is killed in the process. (In fact, Steven Boyd has been immortalized in wax as ‘Messala’ (along with Charlton Heston) at the Movieland Wax Museum. (Click here to see a photo of that “Ben-Hur” exhibit.)

His crypt is located on the outside wall of a mausoleum, across the road from the the lawn where Bob Crane was buried (see a map). There are two mausoleums here (separated by a short lawn with statues of a woman and a lion.) When you stand at the curb, he is in the mausoleum to the left (south), Mausoleum #1, niche #257. His crypt is way up on the very top row, on the north wall (facing towards that middle lawn with the statues.) To be more exact, his crypt is at the very top-left corner when you’re facing this wall. The twin markers on his crypt are small and difficult to read from below.

 

Additional pictures below taken August 20, 2017