- William Boyd (actor)
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Hendrysburg, Ohio U.S.
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William Boyd (
June 5, 1895- September 12, 1972) was an American actor.
Born William Lawrence Boyd in
Hendrysburg, Ohio, located 26 miles east of Cambridge, Ohio, he was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1918 he went to Hollywoodwhere he became famous as a leading manin silent filmromances with a yearly salary of $100,000. By the end of the 1920s, Boyd's career had begun to deteriorate, and he was without a contract and going broke. Then Boyd's picture was mistakenly run in a newspaper story about the arrest of another actor with a similar name ( William Stage Boyd) on gambling and liquor charges, which further hurt his career.
In 1935, he was offered the lead role in the movie "
Hopalong Cassidy". He changed the original pulp-fiction character, written by Clarence E. Mulford, from a whisky guzzling wrangler to a cowboy hero who did not smoke, drink, or swear and he always let the bad guy start the fight. Boyd would be indelibly associated with the Hopalong Cassidy character, and he gained lasting fame in the Western filmgenre because of it. Boyd purchased the rights to the character of Hopalong, as well as the rights to the 66 Hopalong Cassidy movies. In the early 1950s, he released the movies to television, where they became extremely popular. "Hopalong Cassidy" is, in fact, credited with helping reinvigorate the time-worn Western genre. Along with other cowboyfigures, such as Roy Rogersand Gene Autry, Boyd licensed merchandise, including such products as Hopalong Cassidy watches, cups and dishes, comic books and cowboy outfits. Boyd used his fame and his fortune to meet with children around the world, and underscore for them the fine qualities of the Hopalong Cassidy figure he portrayed. As a private individual and an actor, he was a hero to a generation of American children. The "Hopalong Cassidy" films remain available for broadcast and are on DVD in restored form.
Boyd appeared as Hopalong Cassidy on the cover of numerous national magazines, such as the August 29, 1950 issue of "Look " [http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/Hoppy.htm] , and the November 27, 1950 issue of "Time".
Clark Gableand Robert Mitchumexperienced their first big breaks in movies playing bearded villains in westerns starring Boyd.
William Boyd died in 1972 in
Laguna Beach, Californiaand was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. He is survived by his wife, actress Grace BradleyBoyd.
For his contribution to the motion picture industry, William Boyd has a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fameat 1734 Vine Street. In 1995, he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fameat the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museumin Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Since 1991, the Friends of Hoppy fan club has held the Hopalong Cassidy Festival in Boyd's hometown of Cambridge, Ohio.
Laura Maynes(1917 - ?)(divorced)
Ruth Yeager Miller(1921 - 1924) (divorced)
Elinor Virginia Crow(December 1926 - 1929) (divorced)
Dorothy Sebastian(1931 - 1935) (divorced)
Grace Bradley(1937 - September 12, 1972) (his death)
Hopalong Cassidy films
*Other notable figures in Western films
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* [http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/Hoppy.htm Hopalong Cassidy music]
* [http://film.virtual-history.com/person.php?personid=805 Photographs of William Boyd]
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