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William Boyd ACTOR


William Boyd was born on June 5th, 1895 in Cambridge, Ohio was the son of a laborer. At the age of seven his family moved to Tulsa , Oklahoma. Sadly, in his early teens, both parents passed away. He was therefore, forced to leave receiving his childhood education and instead work various jobs to make an income.

In 1919, he chose to move to Hollywood. He received his first role as an extra on, "Why Change Your Wife?" (1920). He tried to enlist in the army during World War I, but was not allowed due to a weak heart condition. Following his small appearance he was actually lucky enough to get a lead role in, "Volga Boatman" (1926). Unbelievable this film was earning him upwards of $100,000 per year. He also appeared in, "Lady of the Pavements" (1929).

However, as the silent movie era began to end, Boyd was sadly unemployed. Coincidently, another actor with the name, William 'Stage' Boyd, was arrested for gambling and liquor charges and this put even more confusion and increased hardship on his career.

Luckily, in 1935 Boyd was offered the lead role in, "Hop-A-Long Cassidy" and Boyd did everything in his power to make this character an ideal role model. The original character was supposed to portrayed as a hard drinking, rough living wrangler, but instead, Hopalong changed him to be presented as a cowboy here who did not smoke, drink or swear.

He also married, Grace Bradley, whom he remained with as his life long partner until his passing. By 1943, Boyd had made 54 "Hoppies" for his original producer. Even after the producer, Harry Sherman dropped the series, Boyd continued with it and produced 12 more.

He was the hero of a total of 28 western novels written by author, Clarence E. Mulford.

In 1948, Boyd chose to sell his ranch and make enough money to buy the rights to all his pictures. He marketed all sorts of products and was able to collect royalties on items such as lunch boxes, watches, trashcans, cups and dishes.

He soon decided to leave filming the series, but chose to turn over his company to CBS, assuring employment for his entire crew. Prior to leaving this role, in 1950, Hopalong appeared on numerous magazines such as the cover issue of "Look" (1950) and the November 27th issue of "Time" (1950).

Boyd also received a cameo as himself in, " The Greatest Show on Earth " ( 1952) and was also offered the role of Moses, which he declined. He felt that after protraying Hopalong for so many years, the public would never be able to accept him portraying the character of Moses.

In 1953, Boyd chose to retire in the beautiful area of Palm Desert, California. On September 12th, 1962, Boyd passed way in Laguna Beach, California from Parkinson's disease as well as heart failure. He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale, California.

He did have three previous wives prior to Grace, Dorothy Sebastian (1931-1935), Ellinor Fair (1926-1929) and Ruth Miller (1921-1924) but all were short lived until he met Grace.

A total of sixty-six motion picture features starring the same actor was an amazing feat at that time. The films were shown all over America as well as internationally. He was receiving over 15,000 fan letters on a weekly basis. William Boyd Enterprises was sold for $8 million. Boyd received a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame as well as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Hoplalong Cassidy Films

1954 Tricky Fingers

1954 The Emerald Saint

1954 The Black Sombrero

1954 Frameup for Murder

1954 Masquerade for Matilda

1952 The Greatest Show on Earth

1948 Strange Gamble

1948 False Paradise

1948 Borrowed Trouble

1948 Sinister Journey

1948 The Dead Don't Dream

1948 Silent Conflict

1947 Hoppy's Holiday

1947 The Marauders

1947 Dangerous Venture

1947 Unexpected Guest

1947 Fool's Gold

1946 The Devil's Playground

1944 Forty Thieves

1944 Mystery Man

1944 Lumberjack

1944 Texas Masquerade

1943 Riders of the Deadline

1943 False Colors

1943 Bar 20

1943 Colt Comrades

1943 Leather Burners

1943 Border Patrol

1943 Hoppy Serves a Writ

1942 Lost Canyon

1942 Undercover Man

1941 Secret of the Wastelands

1941 Outlaws of the Desert

1941 Riders of the Timberline

1941 Wide Open Town

1941 Pirates on Horseback

1941 Border Vigilantes

1941 In Old Colorado

1941 Doomed Caravan

1940 Three Men from Texas

1940 Stagecoach War

1940 Hidden Gold

1940 The Showdown

1940 Santa Fe Marshal

1939 Law of the Pampas

1939 Range War

1939 Renegade Trail

1939 Silver on the Sage

1939 Sunset Trail

1938 The Frontiersmen

1938 In Old Mexico

1938 Pride of the West

1938 Bar 20 Justice

1938 Heart of Arizona

1938 Cassidy of Bar 20

1938 Partners of the Plains

1937 Texas Trail

1937 Hopalong Rides Again

1937 Rustlers' Valley

1937 North of the Rio Grande

1937 Hills of Old Wyoming

1937 Borderland

1936 Trail Dust

1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns

1936 3 on the Trail

1936 Call of the Prairie

1936 Heart of the West

1935 The Eagle 's Brood

1935 Bar 20 Rides Again

1935 Hop-A-Long Cassidy

Matinee Classics - Hopalong Cassidy Radio starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George Gabby Hayes and Andy Clyde as California
Matinee Classics - Hopalong Cassidy Enters starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy and Jimmy Ellison
Matinee Classics - Hopalong Cassidy Returns starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George Gabby Hayes, Gail Sheridan, Evelyn Brent and William Janney
Matinee Classics - Hop-A-Long Cassidy starring William Boyd and Jimmy Ellison
Matinee Classics - Hopalong Cassidy TV Show
Matinee Classics - Hoppy Serves a Writ starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Andy Clyde, Jay Kirby, Victor Jory, Robert Mitchum and George Reeves
Matinee Classics - The Lost City starring William Boyd, Kane Richmond and Gabby Hayes
Matinee Classics - Gunsmoke starring James Arness, Dennis Weaver, Amanda Blake and Milburn Stone
Matinee Classics - Forty Thieves starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers, Kirk Alyn and Douglass Dumbrille
Matinee Classics - Lumberjack starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers, Ellen Hall and Douglass Dumbrille

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