William Boyd

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1895-06-05

Place of Birth
Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA

Also Known As
Bill Boyd
Hopalong Cassidy

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William Boyd

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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.

1931
The Big Gamble
6.5
1926
The Volga Boatman
6.0
1943
Border Patrol
0.0
1941
Doomed Caravan
0.0
1947
Fool's Gold
0.0
1944
Forty Thieves
0.0
1940
Hidden Gold
0.0
1941
Pirates on Horseback
0.0
1948
Borrowed Trouble
0.0
1947
Dangerous Venture
0.0
1943
False Colors
3.6
1946
The Devil's Playground
7.0
1941
In Old Colorado
6.0
1943
Leather Burners
6.5
1940
Stagecoach War
0.0
1948
Sinister Journey
0.0
1940
The Showdown
0.0
1941
Riders of the Timberline
0.0
1943
Riders of the Deadline
3.7
1948
False Paradise
0.0
1947
Unexpected Guest
0.0
1941
Wide Open Town
0.0
1942
Undercover Man
0.0
1940
Three Men From Texas
7.0
1941
Stick to Your Guns
0.0
1948
The Dead Don't Dream
0.0
1943
Colt Comrades
6.0
1948
Silent Conflict
0.0
1943
Hoppy Serves A Writ
0.0
1941
Secrets of the Wastelands
0.0
1944
Mystery Man
0.0
1947
Hoppy's Holiday
0.0
1944
Texas Masquerade
0.0
1947
The Marauders
0.0
1941
Border Vigilantes
0.0
1948
Strange Gamble
0.0
1941
Twilight on the Trail
0.0
1941
Outlaws of the Desert
0.0
1942
Lost Canyon
0.0
1943
Bar 20
3.8
1935
The Eagle's Brood
0.0
1944
Lumberjack
6.0
1938
Bar 20 Justice
0.0
1938
The Frontiersmen
5.0
1938
In Old Mexico
0.0
1938
Pride of the West
0.0
1939
Law of the Pampas
0.0
1939
Range War
0.0
1939
Renegade Trail
0.0
1939
Silver on the Sage
0.0
1939
Sunset Trail
0.0
1940
Santa Fe Marshal
0.0
1936
Three on the Trail
0.0
1936
Hopalong Cassidy Returns
0.0
1937
Hopalong Rides Again
0.0
1937
North of the Rio Grande
0.0
1938
Partners of the Plains
0.0
1935
Hop-a-long Cassidy
0.0
1936
Heart of the West
0.0
1937
Texas Trail
0.0
1937
Borderland
0.0
1938
Cassidy of Bar 20
7.0
1935
Bar 20 Rides Again
0.0
1936
Call of the Prairie
0.0
1937
Rustlers' Valley
0.0
1937
Hills of Old Wyoming
0.0
1938
Heart of Arizona
0.0
1936
Trail Dust
0.0
1933
Lucky Devils
5.0
1933
Emergency Call
5.0
1929
High Voltage
4.5
1927
The Yankee Clipper
7.0
1934
Port of Lost Dreams
0.0
1929
The Flying Fool
10.0
1932
Carnival Boat
6.0
1931
Suicide Fleet
3.0
1936
Go-Get-'Em, Haines
5.0
1931
The Painted Desert
5.3
1931
Beyond Victory
0.0
1927
Two Arabian Knights
6.3
1932
Men Of America
4.0
1930
Officer O'Brien
4.0
1927
Dress Parade
7.0
1928
Skyscraper
4.0
1928
The Night Flyer
5.0
1935
Racing Luck
0.0
1929
Lady of the Pavements
3.7
1929
His First Command
0.0
1936
Federal Agent
0.0
1936
Burning Gold
0.0
1932
Flaming Gold
5.0
1928
Power
0.0
1929
The Leatherneck
4.0
1925
The Road to Yesterday
6.0
1926
Her Man o' War
0.0
1976
Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch
0.0
1922
On the High Seas
0.0
1924
Changing Husbands
0.0
1922
The Young Rajah
7.0
1924
Feet of Clay
0.0
1922
Moran of the Lady Letty
6.0
1922
Nice People
0.0
1921
Forbidden Fruit
6.3
1920
Something to Think About
7.0
1927
The King of Kings
5.9
1922
Saturday Night
0.0
1918
Old Wives for New
6.7
1976
It's Showtime
7.0
1952
The Greatest Show on Earth
6.4
1963
Hollywood Without Make-Up
6.3
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