~William Boyd~

Born: June 5, 1895 in Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA
Died: September 12, 1972 in Laguna Beach, California, USA
~Biography~
The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven.
His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery
clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. His first role
was as an extra in Cecil B. DeMille's Why Change Your Wife? (1920). He bought some fancy clothes,
caught DeMille's eye and got the romantic lead in The Volga Boatman (1926), quickly becoming a
matinée idol and earning upwards of $100,000 a year. However, with the end of silent movies, Boyd was
without a contract, couldn't find work and was going broke. By mistake his picture was run in a
newspaper story about the arrest of another actor with a similar name (William 'Stage' Boyd) on
gambling, liquor and morals charges, and that hurt his career even more. In 1935 he was offered the lead
role in Hop-Along Cassidy (1935) (named because of a limp caused by an earlier bullet wound). He
changed the original pulp-fiction character to its opposite, made sure that "Hoppy" didn't smoke, drink,
chew tobacco or swear, rarely kissed agirl and let the bad guy draw first. By 1943 he had made 54
"Hoppies" for his original producer, Harry Sherman; after Sherman dropped the series, Boyd produced
and starred in 12 more on his own. The series was wildly popular and all at least doubled their profit. In
1948 Boyd, in a savvy and precedent-setting move, bought the rights to all his pictures, he had to sell his
ranch to raise the money, just as TV was looking for Saturday-morning Western fare. He marketed all
sorts of "Hoppy" products, lunch boxes, toy guns, cowboy hats, etc., and received royalties from comic
books, radio and records. He retired to Palm Desert, California, in 1953. In 1968 he had surgery to
remove a tumor from a lymph gland and, from then on, refused all interview and photograph requests.

By: Ed Stephan, IMDB.com
~Filmography~
Hopalong Cassidy (TV Series) (1952 - 1954)
- Tricky Fingers (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Emerald Saint (1954) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- The Black Sombrero (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Frameup for Murder (1954) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Masquerade for Matilda (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- 3-7-77 (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Silent Testimony (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Steel Trails West (1954) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Grubstake (1954) ... Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy
- The Outlaw's Reward (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- New Mexico Manhunt (1954) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Copper Hills (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Double Trouble (1954) ... Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy
- The Renegade Press (1954) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Don't Believe in Ghosts (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Frontier Law (1953) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Death by Proxy (1953) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Arizona Troubleshooters (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Gypsy Destiny (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Illegal Entry (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Jinx Wagon (1953) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- The Last Laugh (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy posing as John Smith
- Twisted Trails (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Valley Raiders (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Sole Survivor (1953) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Devil's Idol (1953) ... Marshal Hopalong Cassidy
- Lawless Legacy (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Black Sheep (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Vanishing Herd (1952) ... Bill Hopalong Cassidy
- The Promised Land (1952) ... Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy
- Don Colorado (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Blind Encounter (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Black Waters (1952) ... Bill Hopalong Cassidy
- Marked Cards (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Ghost Trails (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Feud (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Alien Range (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Trap (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- The Knife of Carlos Valero (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
- Guns Across the Border (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Little Smokey: The True Story of America's Forest Fire Preventin' Bear (Short) (1953) ... Hopalong
Cassidy - Narrator
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) ... Hopalong Cassidy (uncredited)

Strange Gamble (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
False Paradise (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Borrowed Trouble (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Sinister Journey (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
The Dead Don't Dream (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Silent Conflict (1948) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Hoppy's Holiday (1947) ... Hopalong Cassidy
The Marauders (1947) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Dangerous Venture (1947) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Unexpected Guest (1947) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Fool's Gold (1946) ... Hopalong Cassidy
The Devil's Playground (1946) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Forty Thieves (1944) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Mystery Man (1944) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Lumberjack (1944) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Texas Masquerade (1944) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Riders of the Deadline (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
False Colors (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Bar 20 (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Colt Comrades (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Leather Burners (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Border Patrol (1943) ... Texas Ranger Hopalong Cassidy
Hoppy Serves a Writ (1943) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Lost Canyon (1942) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Undercover Man (1942) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Secret of the Wastelands (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Outlaws of the Desert (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Twilight on the Trail (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Riders of the Timberline (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Stick to Your Guns (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy posing as Tex Riley
Wide Open Town (1941) ... Bill Hopalong Cassidy
Pirates on Horseback (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Border Vigilantes (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
In Old Colorado (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Doomed Caravan (1941) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Three Men from Texas (1940) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Stagecoach War (1940) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Hidden Gold (1940) ... Hopalong Cassidy
The Showdown (1940) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Santa Fe Marshal (1940) ... Bill Hopalong Cassidy

Law of the Pampas (1939) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Range War (1939) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Renegade Trail (1939) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Silver on the Sage (1939) ... Hopalong Cassidy
The Frontiersmen (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
In Old Mexico (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Sunset Trail (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Pride of the West (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Bar 20 Justice (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Heart of Arizona (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Cassidy of Bar 20 (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Partners of the Plains (1938) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Texas Trail (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Rides Again (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Rustlers' Valley (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
North of the Rio Grande (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Hills of Old Wyoming (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Borderland (1937) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Trail Dust (1936) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy Returns (1936) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Go-Get-'Em, Haines (1936) ... Steve Haines (as Bill Boyd)
Burning Gold (1936) ... Jim Thornton (as Bill Boyd)
Federal Agent (1936) ... Bob Woods (as Bill Boyd)
Three on the Trail (1936) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Call of the Prairie (1936) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Heart of the West (1936) ... Hopalong Cassidy
Bar 20 Rides Again (1935) ... Hop-Along Cassidy
Racing Luck (1935) ... Dan Morgan
The Eagle's Brood (1935) ... Bill 'Hop-a-long' Cassidy
Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935) ... Bill 'Hop-a-long' Cassidy
Port of Lost Dreams (1934) ... Lars Christensen
Cheaters (1934) ... Steve Morris (as Bill Boyd)
Emergency Call (1933) ... Joe Bradley (as Bill Boyd)
Lucky Devils (1933) ... Skipper Clark (as Bill Boyd)
Men of America (1932) ... Jim Parker
Flaming Gold (1932) ... Dan Manton (as Bill Boyd)
Carnival Boat (1932) ... Buck Gannon (as Bill Boyd)
Suicide Fleet (1931) ... Baltimore (as Bill Boyd)
The Big Gamble (1931) ... Alan Beckwith (as Bill Boyd)
Beyond Victory (1931) ... Sergeant Bill Thatcher (as Bill Boyd)
The Painted Desert (1931) ... Bill Holbrook (as Bill Boyd)
Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 5 (Short) (1930) ... William Boyd
Officer O'Brien (1930) ... Bill O'Brien

His First Command (1929) ... Terry Culver
High Voltage (1929) ... Bill (The Boy) (as Bill Boyd)
The Flying Fool (1929) .... Bill Taylor - The Flying Fool
The Leatherneck (1929) .... William Calhoun
Power (1928) .... Husky
The Cop (1928) .... Pete Smith
Skyscraper (1928) .... Blondy
The Night Flyer (1928) .... Jimmy Bradley
Dress Parade (1927) .... Vic Donovan
Two Arabian Knights (1927) .... W. Dangerfield Phelps III
The King of Kings (1927) .... Simon Of Cyrene
The Yankee Clipper (1927) .... Captain Hal Winslow
Wolves of the Air (1927) .... Jerry Tanner
Jim, the Conqueror (1926) .... Jim Burgess
Her Man o' War (1926) .... Jim Sanderson
The Last Frontier (1926) .... Tom Kirby
Eve's Leaves (1926) .... Bob Britton
The Volga Boatman (1926) .... Feodor, A Volga Boatman
Steel Preferred (1925) .... Wally Gay
The Road to Yesterday (1925) .... Jack Moreland
The Midshipman (1925) .... Spud
Forty Winks (1925) .... Lt. Gerald Hugh Butterworth
Feet of Clay (1924) (uncredited) .... Young Society Man
Tarnish (1924) .... Bill
Changing Husbands (1924) .... Conrad Bardshaw
Triumph (1924) (uncredited)
Enemies of Children (1923)
The Temple of Venus (1923) .... Stanley Dale
Adam's Rib (1923) (uncredited) .... Undetermined Subordinate Role ... Movie Still Code: 513-X
Michael O'Halloran (1923) .... Douglas Bruce
Hollywood (1923) ... Himself
The Young Rajah (1922) .... Stephen Van Kovert
Manslaughter (1922) (uncredited)
On the High Seas (1922) .... Dick Deveraux
Nice People (1922) .... Oliver Comstock
Bobbed Hair (1922) .... Dick Barton
Moran of the Lady Letty (1922) (uncredited) .... Ramon's Friend at Homecoming
Saturday Night (1922) (uncredited)
Fool's Paradise (1921) (uncredited)
Exit the Vamp (1921) .... Robert Pitts
After the Show (1921) (uncredited)
The Affairs of Anatol (1921) (uncredited) .... Guest ... aka A Prodigal Knight (UK)
Moonlight and Honeysuckle (1921) .... Robert V. Courtney
A Wise Fool (1921) .... Gerard Fynes
Brewster's Millions (1921) .... Harrison
Forbidden Fruit (1921) (uncredited)
Paying the Piper (1921) (uncredited)
The Jucklins (1921) .... Dan Stuart
A City Sparrow (1920) .... Hughie Ray ... Movie Still Code: 343-X
Something to Think About (1920) (uncredited)
The City of Masks (1920) (uncredited) .... Carpenter
Why Change Your Wife? (1920) (uncredited) .... Naval Officer at Hotel
The Six Best Cellars (1920) (uncredited) .... Holsappel

Was He Guilty? (1919) (uncredited)
Old Wives for New (1918) (uncredited) .... Extra