Hollywood Walk of Fame
In 1989 Billy Graham received his Star of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame for his extensive work producing Christian films. He was the first Clergyman to do so. “I feel somewhat out of place because I’m not sure that a clergyman belongs here. […] Since I’m the only clergyman, I feel a little lonely out there.” As was recorded in the Los Angeles Times.
By then, Billy Graham’s film company World Wide Pictures had been producing Christian films for almost 40 years.
Early fame in Los Angeles
A dazzling success
The best feature films on New Faith Network
Eight films from World Wide Pictures are now available on New Faith Network. From Two a Penny (1966) starring a young Cliff Richard to Last Flight Out (2004), the last film produced by World Wide Pictures. The films deal with serious issues like disease (A Vow to Cherish), divorce (Cry from the Mountain), homelessness (Come the Morning) and drug abuse (Two a Penny). Other films also touched on lighter points like the comedy The Ride, which follows a once legendary rodeo star, who is now forced to teach kids how to ride a bull. The last two films produced by the legendary company are the suspenseful Last Flight Out and The Climb. Perhaps the most famous films in the company’s extensive work are The Hiding Place (coming to New Faith Network in May) and Joni – an autobiographical work about and starring Joni Eareckson Tada who was paralysed at seventeen.
All glory to God
Over the years World Wide Pictures produced over 130 films, including many (short) documentaries like Heaven, The Message Lives On, Canvas Cathedral and The Cross. For Billy Graham the purpose of the films was alway clear. At the ceremony of his Star of Fame he expressed: