Irish-born Stephen Boyd was best known as the chariot riding hottie in Ben-Hur–a guy whose dimpled cheeks and sculptured chin could distract the Christians even as they were being thrown to the lions.
But let’s not forget his roles opposite Susan Hayward and Doris Day, not to mention The Oscar, the rivetingly trashy 1965 expose of a cad who kills to win a golden trophy.
Amazingly, the film was nominated for two real Oscars, one of which it lost to Fantastic Voyage, which Boyd was also in!
The man was everywhere–and hot everywhere.
Boyd always projected a gay vibe to me, but whatever he was, he was sizzle-lean.
Check out my assembled proof of his celluloid allure.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 19, 2012