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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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Born:
Jun 5, 1895 In Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
124
First Appeared:
Movie Evanescence - Anywhere But Home 2004-11-23
Latest Project:
In the movie Old Wives for New 1918-05-18
Known For
Poster of Silent Conflict
Poster of Federal Agent
Poster of Port of Lost Dreams
Poster of The Volga Boatman
Filmography
Movie Evanescence - Anywhere But Home Bass
Movie Still Tickin': The Return of A Clockwork Orange Himself
Movie L.A. Confidential Self (archive footage)
Movie Songwriter Blind Tommy's Brother
Movie Going Hollywood: The '30s (archive footage)
Movie Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch (archive footage)
Movie It's Showtime
Movie The Movie Orgy Hopalong Cassidy (archival footage)
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up
Series Hopalong Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Greatest Show on Earth Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited)
Movie Sinister Journey Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Silent Conflict Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Dead Don't Dream Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Borrowed Trouble Hopalong Cassidy
Movie False Paradise Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Strange Gamble Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hoppy's Holiday Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Marauders Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Dangerous Venture Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Unexpected Guest Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Devil's Playground Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Fool's Gold Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Forty Thieves Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Mystery Man Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Lumberjack Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Texas Masquerade Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Leather Burners Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hoppy Serves a Writ Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Border Patrol Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Bar 20 Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Colt Comrades Hopalong Cassidy
Movie False Colors Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Riders of the Deadline Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Lost Canyon Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Undercover Man Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Wide Open Town Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Doomed Caravan Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Border Vigilantes Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Pirates on Horseback Hopalong Cassidy
Movie In Old Colorado Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Riders of the Timberline Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Stick to Your Guns Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Twilight on the Trail Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Secret of the Wastelands Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Outlaws of the Desert Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Santa Fe Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Showdown Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hidden Gold Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Stagecoach War Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Three Men From Texas Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Law of the Pampas Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Range War Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Renegade Trail Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Silver on the Sage Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Sunset Trail Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Heart of Arizona Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Cassidy of Bar 20 Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Partners of the Plains Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Bar 20 Justice Hopalong Cassidy
Movie In Old Mexico Hopalong Cassidy
Movie The Frontiersmen Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Pride of the West Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Texas Trail Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hopalong Rides Again Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Rustlers' Valley Hopalong Cassidy
Movie North of the Rio Grande Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hills of Old Wyoming Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Borderland Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Three on the Trail Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Heart of the West Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Federal Agent Bob Woods
Movie Call of the Prairie Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Burning Gold Jim Thornton
Movie Go-Get-'Em, Haines Steve Haines
Movie Hopalong Cassidy Returns Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Trail Dust Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Bar 20 Rides Again Bill 'Hop-Along' Cassidy
Movie Racing Luck Dan Morgan
Movie The Eagle's Brood Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Hop-a-long Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy
Movie Port of Lost Dreams Lars Christensen
Movie Emergency Call Joe Bradley
Movie Lucky Devils Skipper Clark
Movie Men Of America Jim Parker
Movie Flaming Gold Dan Manton
Movie Carnival Boat Buck Gannon
Movie Suicide Fleet Baltimore
Movie The Big Gamble Alan Beckwith
Movie Beyond Victory Bill Thatcher
Movie The Painted Desert Bill Holbrook
Movie Officer O'Brien Bill O'Brien
Movie His First Command Terry Culver
Movie The Flying Fool Bill Taylor
Movie High Voltage Bill
Movie The Leatherneck Unknown
Movie Lady of the Pavements Count Karl Von Arnim
Movie Power Husky
Movie Skyscraper Blondy
Movie The Night Flyer
Movie Dress Parade Vic Donovan
Movie Two Arabian Knights Daingerfield Phelps
Movie The Yankee Clipper Hal Winslow
Movie The King of Kings Simon Of Cyrene
Movie Her Man o' War Jim Sanderson
Movie The Volga Boatman Feodor
Movie Forty Winks Lt. Gerald Hugh Butterworth
Movie The Road to Yesterday Jack Moreland
Movie New Lives for Old Soldier (uncredited)
Movie Feet of Clay
Movie Tarnish Bill
Movie Changing Husbands Conrad Bardshaw
Movie The Temple of Venus Stanley Dale
Movie Hollywood William Boyd
Movie Moran of the Lady Letty Ramon's Friend at Homecoming
Movie Saturday Night Party Guest
Movie On the High Seas Dick Deveraux
Movie Nice People Oliver Comstock
Movie The Young Rajah Stephen Van Kovert
Movie After the Show (uncredited)
Movie Brewster's Millions Harrison
Movie Forbidden Fruit Billiards Player
Movie Something to Think About
Movie Old Wives for New (uncredited)