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Stephen Boyd: The Northern Ireland man who made it big in Hollywood

In honour on what would have been his 90th birthday, Joe Cushnan celebrates the life and career of Co Antrim actor Stephen Boyd

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Major role: Stephen Boyd stars in Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston

Major role: Stephen Boyd stars in Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston

Hollywood actor Stephen Boyd

Hollywood actor Stephen Boyd

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Major role: Stephen Boyd stars in Ben-Hur with Charlton Heston

Carrickfergus-based Joymount Dramatic Society in 1951. A touring production of the comedy Boyd’s Shop featured a part-time actor in his late teens, William Millar.

His reward was a three pounds, three shillings cheque (about £100 today). By the end of the decade, he was earning eye-watering salaries in Hollywood, as film star Stephen Boyd, adopting his mother Martha’s maiden name for his screen career. He made around 60 films from 1955 to 1977.


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