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William Boyd

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Lawrence Boyd (June 5, 1895 – September 12, 1972) was an American film actor who is best known for portraying the cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy. Boyd was born in Hendrysburg, Ohio, and reared in Cambridge, Ohio and Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was the son of a day laborer, Charles William Boyd, and his wife, the former Lida Wilkens (aka Lyda). Following his father's death, he moved to California and worked as an orange picker, surveyor, tool dresser and auto salesman. In Hollywood, he found work as an extra in Why Change Your Wife? and other films. During World War I, he enlisted in the army but was exempt from military service because of a "weak heart". More prominent film roles followed, including his breakout role as Jack Moreland in Cecil B. DeMille's The Road to Yesterday (1925) which starred also Joseph Schildkraut, Jetta Goudal, and Vera Reynolds. Boyd's performance in the film was praised by critics, while movie-goers were equally impressed by his easy charm, charisma, and intense good-looks. Due to Boyd's growing popularity, DeMille soon cast him as the leading man in the highly acclaimed silent drama film, The Volga Boatman. Boyd's role as Feodor blew critics away, and with Boyd now firmly established as a matinee idol and romantic leading man, he began earning an annual salary of $100,000. He acted in DeMille's extravaganza The King of Kings (in which he played Simon of Cyrene, helping Jesus carry the cross) and DeMille's Skyscraper (1928). He then appeared in D.W. Griffith's Lady of the Pavements (1929). Radio Pictures ended Boyd's contract in 1931 when his picture was mistakenly run in a newspaper story about the arrest of another actor, William "Stage" Boyd, on gambling and liquor charges. Although the newspaper apologized, explaining the mistake in the following day's newspaper, Boyd said, "The damage was already done." William "Stage" Boyd died in 1935, the same year William L. Boyd became Hopalong Cassidy, the role that led to his enduring fame. But at the time in 1931, Boyd was virtually broke and without a job, and for a few years he was credited in films as "Bill Boyd" to prevent being mistaken for the other William Boyd.

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Jun 5, 1895 In Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Old Wives for New 1918-05-18
Latest Project:
Movie Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange 2000-01-01
Known For
Poster of It's Showtime
Poster of Hollywood Without Make-Up
Poster of Little Smokey
Poster of Lost Canyon
Movie Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange Himself 2000-01-01
Movie It's Showtime Unknown 1976-03-31
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage) 1976-05-01
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up Unknown 1963-07-01
Movie Little Smokey Hopalong Cassidy 1953-01-01
Series Hopalong Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy 1952-09-19
Movie The Greatest Show on Earth Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited) 1952-02-16
Movie The Dead Don't Dream Hopalong Cassidy 1948-04-30
Movie Sinister Journey Hopalong Cassidy 1948-06-11
Movie Silent Conflict Hopalong Cassidy 1948-03-19
Movie Borrowed Trouble Hopalong Cassidy 1948-07-23
Movie Strange Gamble Hopalong Cassidy 1948-10-08
Movie False Paradise Hopalong Cassidy 1948-09-10
Movie Unexpected Guest Hopalong Cassidy 1947-03-28
Movie Dangerous Venture Hopalong Cassidy 1947-05-23
Movie Hoppy's Holiday Hopalong Cassidy 1947-07-18
Movie The Marauders Hopalong Cassidy 1947-07-01
Movie Fool's Gold Hopalong Cassidy 1946-10-09
Movie The Devil's Playground Hopalong Cassidy 1946-11-15
Movie Forty Thieves Hopalong Cassidy 1944-06-23
Movie Lumberjack Hopalong Cassidy 1944-04-28
Movie Texas Masquerade Hopalong Cassidy 1944-02-08
Movie Mystery Man Hopalong Cassidy 1944-05-31
Movie Border Patrol Hopalong Cassidy 1943-04-02
Movie Colt Comrades Hopalong Cassidy 1943-06-18
Movie Hoppy Serves a Writ Hopalong Cassidy 1943-03-12
Movie Leather Burners Hopalong Cassidy 1943-05-28
Movie False Colors Hopalong Cassidy 1943-11-05
Movie Bar 20 Hopalong Cassidy 1943-10-01
Movie Riders of the Deadline Hopalong Cassidy 1943-12-03
Movie Undercover Man Hopalong Cassidy 1942-10-23
Movie Lost Canyon Hopalong Cassidy 1942-12-18
Movie Pirates on Horseback Hopalong Cassidy 1941-05-23
Movie Border Vigilantes Hopalong Cassidy 1941-04-18
Movie Doomed Caravan Hopalong Cassidy 1941-01-10
Movie Wide Open Town Hopalong Cassidy 1941-08-08
Movie In Old Colorado Hopalong Cassidy 1941-03-14
Movie Riders of the Timberline Hopalong Cassidy 1941-09-17
Movie Outlaws of the Desert Hopalong Cassidy 1941-11-01
Movie Secrets of the Wastelands Hopalong Cassidy 1941-11-15
Movie Stick to Your Guns Hopalong Cassidy 1941-09-17
Movie Twilight on the Trail Hopalong Cassidy 1941-09-29
Movie Hidden Gold Hopalong Cassidy 1940-06-07
Movie Santa Fe Marshal Hopalong Cassidy 1940-01-26
Movie The Showdown Hopalong Cassidy 1940-03-08
Movie Stagecoach War Hopalong Cassidy 1940-07-12
Movie Three Men From Texas Hopalong Cassidy 1940-11-15
Movie Silver on the Sage Hopalong Cassidy 1939-03-31
Movie Sunset Trail Hopalong Cassidy 1939-02-24
Movie Renegade Trail Hopalong Cassidy 1939-07-25
Movie Range War Hopalong Cassidy 1939-09-08
Movie Law of the Pampas Hopalong Cassidy 1939-11-03
Movie Heart of Arizona Hopalong Cassidy 1938-04-22
Movie Partners of the Plains Hopalong Cassidy 1938-01-14
Movie Bar 20 Justice Hopalong Cassidy 1938-06-24
Movie Cassidy of Bar 20 Hopalong Cassidy 1938-02-25
Movie Pride of the West Hopalong Cassidy 1938-07-07
Movie The Frontiersmen Hopalong Cassidy 1938-12-16
Movie In Old Mexico Hopalong Cassidy 1938-09-09
Movie Hills of Old Wyoming Hopalong Cassidy 1937-04-16
Movie Borderland Hopalong Cassidy 1937-02-26
Movie North of the Rio Grande Hopalong Cassidy 1937-06-28
Movie Rustlers' Valley Hopalong Cassidy 1937-07-23
Movie Hopalong Rides Again Hopalong Cassidy 1937-08-20
Movie Texas Trail Hopalong Cassidy 1937-11-26
Movie Federal Agent Bob Woods 1936-04-13
Movie Heart of the West Hopalong Cassidy 1936-02-24
Movie Call of the Prairie Hopalong Cassidy 1936-03-06
Movie Three on the Trail Hopalong Cassidy 1936-04-14
Movie Burning Gold Jim Thornton 1936-05-22
Movie Trail Dust Hopalong Cassidy 1936-12-11
Movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns Hopalong Cassidy 1936-10-16
Movie Go-Get-'Em, Haines Steve Haines 1936-06-16
Movie The Eagle's Brood Hopalong Cassidy 1935-10-25
Movie Hop-a-long Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy 1935-08-23
Movie Racing Luck Dan Morgan 1935-11-19
Movie Bar 20 Rides Again Hopalong Cassidy 1935-12-06
Movie Port of Lost Dreams Lars Christensen 1934-10-14
Movie Lucky Devils Skipper Clark 1933-02-03
Movie Emergency Call Joe Bradley 1933-06-24
Movie Carnival Boat Buck Gannon 1932-03-19
Movie Flaming Gold Dan Manton 1932-09-28
Movie Men Of America Jim Parker 1932-11-25
Movie The Painted Desert Bill Holbrook 1931-03-07
Movie Beyond Victory Bill Thatcher 1931-04-03
Movie Suicide Fleet Baltimore 1931-11-20
Movie The Big Gamble Alan Beckwith 1931-09-27
Movie Officer O'Brien Bill O'Brien 1930-02-16
Movie The Leatherneck William Calhoun 1929-02-24
Movie High Voltage Bill 1929-06-29
Movie Lady of the Pavements Karl Von Arnim 1929-01-22
Movie The Flying Fool Bill Taylor 1929-07-10
Movie His First Command Terry Culver 1929-12-28
Movie Skyscraper Blondy 1928-04-08
Movie The Night Flyer Jimmy Bradley 1928-02-05
Movie Power Husky 1928-09-23
Movie The King of Kings Simon Of Cyrene 1927-04-19
Movie The Yankee Clipper Hal Winslow 1927-05-07
Movie Two Arabian Knights Daingerfield Phelps 1927-09-23
Movie Dress Parade Vic Donovan 1927-10-26
Movie Eve's Leaves Bill Stanley 1926-01-10
Movie Her Man o' War Jim Sanderson 1926-08-25
Movie The Volga Boatman Feodor 1926-05-23
Movie The Road to Yesterday Jack Moreland 1925-11-13
Movie Changing Husbands Conrad Bardshaw 1924-06-22
Movie Tarnish Bill 1924-08-01
Movie Feet of Clay Young Society Man (uncredited) 1924-09-27
Movie Saturday Night Party Guest 1922-01-29
Movie Moran of the Lady Letty Ramon's Friend at Homecoming 1922-02-05
Movie On the High Seas Dick Deveraux 1922-09-17
Movie The Young Rajah Stephen Van Kovert 1922-11-11
Movie Nice People Oliver Comstock 1922-07-12
Movie Forbidden Fruit Billiards Player 1921-01-03
Movie A City Sparrow Unknown 1920-10-17
Movie Something to Think About (uncredited) 1920-10-16
Movie Old Wives for New (uncredited) 1918-05-18