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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1895-06-05

Day of Death 1972-09-12

Place of Birth Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA

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Also Known As

  • Bill Boyd
  • Hopalong Cassidy

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1976 Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch as (archive footage)
1963 Hollywood Without Make-Up
1952 Hopalong Cassidy(40 episodes) as Hopalong Cassidy
1952 The Greatest Show on Earth as Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited)
1948 Strange Gamble as Hopalong Cassidy
1948 False Paradise as Hopalong Cassidy
1948 Borrowed Trouble as Hopalong Cassidy
1948 Sinister Journey as Hopalong Cassidy
1948 Silent Conflict as Hopalong Cassidy
1948 The Dead Don't Dream as Hopalong Cassidy
1947 Hoppy's Holiday as Hopalong Cassidy
1947 The Marauders as Hopalong Cassidy
1947 Dangerous Venture as Hopalong Cassidy
1947 Unexpected Guest as Hopalong Cassidy
1947 Fool's Gold as Hopalong Cassidy
1946 The Devil's Playground as Hopalong Cassidy
1944 Forty Thieves as Hopalong Cassidy
1944 Mystery Man as Hopalong Cassidy
1944 Lumberjack as Hopalong Cassidy
1944 Texas Masquerade as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 Riders of the Deadline as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 False Colors as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 Bar 20 as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 Colt Comrades as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 Leather Burners as Hopalong Cassidy
1943 Border Patrol as 'Hopalong' Cassidy
1943 Hoppy Serves A Writ as Hopalong Cassidy
1942 Lost Canyon as Hopalong Cassidy
1942 Undercover Man as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Secrets of the Wastelands as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Outlaws of the Desert as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Twilight on the Trail as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Stick To Your Guns as Hopalong Cassidy posing as Tex Riley
1941 Riders of the Timberline as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Wide Open Town as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Pirates on Horseback as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Border Vigilantes as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 In Old Colorado as Hopalong Cassidy
1941 Doomed Caravan as Hopalong Cassidy
1940 Three Men From Texas as Hopalong Cassidy
1940 Stagecoach War as Hopalong Cassidy
1940 Hidden Gold as Hopalong Cassidy
1940 The Showdown as Hopalong Cassidy
1940 Santa Fe Marshal as Hopalong Cassidy
1939 Law of the Pampas as 'Hopalong' Cassidy
1939 Range War as Hopalong Cassidy
1939 Renegade Trail as Hopalong Cassidy
1939 Silver on the Sage as Hopalong Cassidy
1939 Sunset Trail as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 The Frontiersmen as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 In Old Mexico as 'Hopalong' Cassidy
1938 Pride of the West as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 Bar 20 Justice as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 Heart of Arizona as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 Cassidy of Bar 20 as Hopalong Cassidy
1938 Partners of the Plains as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 Texas Trail as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 Hopalong Rides Again as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 Rustlers' Valley as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 North of the Rio Grande as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 Hills of Old Wyoming as Hopalong Cassidy
1937 Borderland as Hopalong Cassidy
1936 Trail Dust as Hopalong Cassidy
1936 Hopalong Cassidy Returns as Hopalong Cassidy
1936 Go-Get-'Em, Haines as Steve Haines
1936 Burning Gold as Jim Thornton (as Bill Boyd)
1936 Three on the Trail as Hopalong Cassidy
1936 Federal Agent as Bob Woods (as Bill Boyd)
1936 Call of the Prairie as Hopalong Cassidy
1936 Heart of the West as Hopalong Cassidy
1935 Bar 20 Rides Again as Bill 'Hop-Along' Cassidy
1935 Racing Luck as Dan Morgan
1935 The Eagle's Brood as Hop-Along Cassidy
1935 Hop-a-long Cassidy as Bill 'Hop-Along' Cassidy
1934 Port of Lost Dreams as Lars Christensen
1933 Emergency Call as Dr. Joe Bradley (as Bill Boyd)
1933 Lucky Devils as Skipper Clark
1932 Men Of America as Jim Parker
1932 Flaming Gold as Dan Manton
1932 Carnival Boat as Buck Gannon
1931 Suicide Fleet as Baltimore
1931 The Big Gamble as Alan Beckwith
1931 Beyond Victory as Sergeant Bill Thatcher
1931 The Painted Desert as Bill Holbrook
1930 Officer O'Brien as Bill O'Brien
1929 His First Command as Terry Culver
1929 The Flying Fool as Bill Taylor
1929 High Voltage as Bill
1929 Lady of the Pavements as Count Karl Von Arnim
1928 Power as Husky
1928 Skyscraper as Blondy
1928 The Night Flyer
1927 Dress Parade as Vic Donovan
1927 Two Arabian Knights as W. Daingerfield Phelps III
1927 The Yankee Clipper as Captain Hal Winslow
1927 The King of Kings as Simon Of Cyrene
1926 Her Man o' War as Jim Sanderson
1926 The Volga Boatman as Feodor, A Volga Boatman
1925 The Road to Yesterday as Jack Moreland
1924 Feet of Clay
1924 Changing Husbands as Conrad Bardshaw
1922 The Young Rajah as Stephen Van Kovert
1922 On the High Seas as Dick Deveraux
1922 Nice People as Oliver Comstock
1922 Moran of the Lady Letty as Ramon's Friend at Homecoming
1922 Saturday Night as Party Guest
1921 Forbidden Fruit as Billiards Player
1920 Something to Think About
1918 Old Wives for New as Extra (uncredited)

Directing

1932 Men Of AmericaDirector

Production

1952 Hopalong Cassidy(40 episodes)Producer

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