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Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood

Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood [Kindle Edition]

Joe Cushnan
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"Stephen Boyd was one of the nicest, kindest people I have met in my lifetime, rare in this profession." - Euan Lloyd, film producer of Shalako, The Man Called Noon and The Wild Geese. "Joe Cushnan’s excellent biography of Stephen Boyd, the forgotten film star and a fellow countryman of mine, fills a disgraceful gap in cinematographic history and should be read by all who are interested in that fascinating subject." - James Ellis, actor in Z Cars, The Billy Plays, etc Stephen Boyd was one of the biggest film stars of the late 1950s and 1960s (The Man Who Never Was, Ben Hur, The Fall of the Roman Empire, Fantastic Voyage, etc), an ordinary boy from Northern Ireland who made a dream journey to Hollywood, starring alongside some of the most prestigious names in cinema including Tyrone Power, Susan Hayward, Gregory Peck, Brigitte Bardot, Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, James Mason, Gina Lollobrigida, Omar Sharif, Doris Day, Sean Connery and Raquel Welch.. He had a 20-year film career, sadly cut short by his sudden death, aged 45, in 1977. This is the first book, albeit a short biography, to celebrate his life and work. A paperback version is available from

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 515 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Joe Cushnan; 1 edition (20 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Fiction (Crime) - Belfast Backlash

Fiction (Western) - Seven Pouches

On Business - Retail Confidential; Much Calamity & The Redundance Kid; Rolling In The Aisles; Customer Service In A Nutshell

On Cinema - Stephen Boyd: From Belfast To Hollywood; Jack Elam, I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life

Poetry: A Belfast Kid; Hamish Sheaney: The Nearly-Man Of Irish Literature; Juggling Jelly; The Chuckle Files; A Bumper Bundle Of Funny Poems; Only Yules & Verses; Only Drools & Corsets

Creative portfolio includes Belfast Book Festival 2013, BBC Radio Ulster "The Gerry Kelly Show, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, BBC TV NI "Stephen Boyd: The Man Who Never Was", BBC Radio Sheffield "Rony Robinson", BBC Radio Ulster "Saturday Magazine", BBC Radio 4 "You & Yours", The Guardian, Tribune, NZ Management, The Grocer, Retail Week, Edge, Open Eye, Yorkshire Post, The Catholic Herald, Cambridge Evening News, The London Paper, Southern Cross, NZ Freelance, Writer's News, Belfast News Letter, Irelands Own, Fortnight, The Dalhousie Review; Blithe Spirit; The Cannon's Mouth, Poetry Monthly, Poetic Comment, Bard, Current Accounts, Candelabrum, Decanto, Inclement, Haiku Scotland, Time Haiku, etc.

I am always on the lookout for interesting projects to write myself, to ghost write on behalf of others or to collaborate in joint authorship arrangements.

I am always interested in considering commissions to write freelance material for corporate and media projects and in receiving invitations to deliver talks to schools and book festivals.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Billy, the book 8 Aug 2013
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William Millar, aka Stephen Boyd, was my father's youngest brother.
This book does a great job of filling in many blanks from his past.
Such a pity Uncle Billy turned down the Bond contract - imagine all those Sean Connery movies but with your Uncle Billy the star!
Well, I've always got Fantastic Voyage and Fall of the Roman Empire. Kinda makes up for Billy Rose's Jumbo and a Hill in Korea (died from a bullet wound in his butt!).
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I was surfing show biz books on Amazon, as is my wont, when I came across Joe Cushnan's Kindle biography of Boyd much to my surprise and delight. I am an old movie buff, especially Hollywood and British films of 1940's and 1950's. I've seen them, bought them on VHS then dvd, read the biographies and autobiographies and positively haunt IMDb. I always liked Stephen Boyd, enjoying his film appearances ( I particularly remember him for some reason in 'The Bravados' and 'Shalako') and I was surprised to learn he had made the jump from small parts in British films to the likes of 'Ben Hur'. With such a shortage of info available on his life and work I was glad to read this biography, though shortish and pictureless. Ah well... Cushnan clearly has great warmth for his subject and has accumulated many co workers'/friends' rememberances over the years. This is itself was interesting and at times revealing in what they had to say. Boyd was always good value in his films (though I haven't seen most of his poorer 1970's potboiler ones) and of course at his peak very good looking!!! He is sadly overlooked these days, a fate which this Kindle biography goes someway to rectifying. Thanks for that.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Boyd 5 Oct 2013
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Stephen Boyd was one of the many first rate character actors who, after his career best performance in Ben Hur looked assured to become a major international movie star. However it was not to be, and now his name is mostly remembered by movie 'buffs'. He died at 45yrs and unlike so many other actors who almost 'made it by this age' the only movie that MR Boyd will be remembered for is playing alongside Charlton Heston in Ben Hur, and few even now will remember his name for this great movie. Was Stephen Boyd a movie star?, well almost and then only for a short period of time. The movie studios of the period made mistakes certainly, but if they thought an actor was worth investing in, they did so and made as sure as they possibly could that the movies suited the actors and would in all probability return a profit. After Ben Hur, for some reason it became apparent that Stephen Boyd had not the star quality to join the first rank of movie stars. He was soon regarded as a character actor. Stephen Boyd was a good actor who gave his greatest performance in Ber Hur. If this book had been correctly researched, then it should have been very clear that Stephen Boyd rose fast and sank even faster into Euro-puddings and B-movies, always a refuge and indeed a living for an actor once thought promising but whose shine was shallow and appeal limited and short lived, thus being passed over for worthwhile movie roles and by the time his life was tragically cut short he was already virtually forgotten. As an Irish Movie Buff, I will never forget the name of Stephen Boyd, nor the fact that he was robbed so blatantly on Oscar Night. This book is worth reading for some'tame' facts I was not aware of.... Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars long overdue biography 5 Mar 2013
By Geri24
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This biography of Stephen Boyd is long overdue. Joe Cushnan is to be commended for his efforts in reminding us what a fabulous actor this man was.The book is very comprehensive and shows how much effort went into the research. The author's passion is evident all through the book. Well worth a peek.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good summary on a good actor 5 Oct 2013
By Page Turner - Published on
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I have enjoyed many of Stephen Boyd's films in the past and was glad to see something written about him. This book is not a detailed account of his life or his movies, but it is definitely written by a fan. In fact, the author, who explicitly asks this, is using it as a springboard for someone else to author a more extensive bio on this underrated actor. Other than the collage on the covers there are no other pictures. This biography of Mr. Boyd is more a thumbnail sketch.

Having said this, I gave it 4 stars because the author does makes an effort to rectify the lack of interest on the subject. There are no controversies or salacious gossip here. There are a number of quotes by people who knew Mr. Boyd and these flesh out the book.

Hopefully there will be something a little more definitive about this overlooked actor. Something that will give his life and contributions to movies a better hearing. One thing that is clear while reading this is that the actor was born a tad too late. His acting style was suited better for the Hollywood "star" system. Where a star was promoted in their films and given the opportunity to be cast in decent movies. His career mirrors this. His bigger successes were in the early days [mid 1950's-mid 1960's] with a majority after this period less than memorable. His acting style was becoming passe' and as a result his output and types of films reflect this. Its too bad, because he should be remembered better for his performances, good or bad. The fact he died so young, should be worth something. The author gets an "A" for his interest with a lesser grade for execution, but its a short read with a decent price for a rarely exposed subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of Stephen Boyd 22 Aug 2013
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This is the first and only book I know of that's been written about Stephen Boyd. I enjoyed reading it.
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