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William Boyd (I) (1895–1972)

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... See full bio »

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Hopalong Cassidy
Hopalong Cassidy Hopalong Cassidy / Marshal Hopalong Cassidy / Bill Hopalong Cassidy / Sheriff Hopalong Cassidy / Hopalong Cassidy posing as John Smith
The Painted Desert
The Painted Desert Bill Holbrook
Two Arabian Knights
Two Arabian Knights W. Daingerfield Phelps III
Hop-Along Cassidy
Hop-Along Cassidy Bill 'Hop-a-long' Cassidy


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 1936 Go-Get-'Em, Haines
Steve Haines (as Bill Boyd)
 1936 Burning Gold
Jim Thornton (as Bill Boyd)
 1936 Federal Agent
Bob Woods (as Bill Boyd)
 1935 Racing Luck
Dan Morgan
 1934 Cheaters
Steve Morris (as Bill Boyd)
 1933 Emergency Call
Joe Bradley (as Bill Boyd)
 1933 Lucky Devils
Skipper Clark (as Bill Boyd)
 1932 Flaming Gold
Dan Manton (as Bill Boyd)
 1932 Carnival Boat
Buck Gannon (as Bill Boyd)
 1931 Suicide Fleet
Baltimore (as Bill Boyd)
 1931 The Big Gamble
Alan Beckwith (as Bill Boyd)
 1931 Beyond Victory
Sergeant Bill Thatcher (as Bill Boyd)
 1931 The Painted Desert
Bill Holbrook (as Bill Boyd)
 1930 Screen Snapshots Series 10, No. 5 (Short)
William Boyd
 1930 Officer O'Brien
Bill O'Brien
 1929 High Voltage
Bill (The Boy) (as Bill Boyd)
 1929 The Leatherneck
William Calhoun
 1929 Lady of the Pavements
Count Karl Von Arnim
 1928 Power
 1928 Skyscraper
 1928 The Night Flyer
Jimmy Bradley
 1927 Dress Parade
Vic Donovan
 1927 The Yankee Clipper
Captain Hal Winslow
 1927 Wolves of the Air
Jerry Tanner
 1926 Jim, the Conqueror
Jim Burgess
 1926 Her Man o' War
Jim Sanderson
 1926 The Last Frontier
Tom Kirby
 1926 Eve's Leaves
Bill Stanley
 1925 Steel Preferred
Wally Gay
 1925 The Road to Yesterday
Jack Moreland
 1925 The Midshipman
 1925 Forty Winks
Lt. Gerald Hugh Butterworth
 1924 Feet of Clay
Young Society Man (uncredited)
 1924 Tarnish
 1924 Changing Husbands
Conrad Bardshaw
 1924 Triumph (uncredited)
 1923 The Temple of Venus
Stanley Dale
 1923 Adam's Rib
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1923 Michael O'Halloran
Douglas Bruce
 1922 The Young Rajah
Stephen Van Kovert
 1922 Manslaughter (uncredited)
 1922 On the High Seas
Dick Deveraux
 1922 Nice People
Oliver Comstock
 1922 Bobbed Hair
Dick Barton
 1922 Saturday Night
Party Guest (uncredited)
 1921 Fool's Paradise (uncredited)
 1921 Exit the Vamp
Robert Pitts
 1921 After the Show (uncredited)
 1921 The Affairs of Anatol
Guest (uncredited)
 1921 Moonlight and Honeysuckle
Robert V. Courtney
 1921 A Wise Fool
Gerard Fynes
 1921 Brewster's Millions
 1921 Forbidden Fruit
Billiards Player (uncredited)
 1921 Paying the Piper (uncredited)
 1921 The Jucklins
Dan Stuart
 1920 The Life of the Party
One of Leary's Office Staff (uncredited)
 1920 A City Sparrow
Hughie Ray
 1920 Something to Think About (uncredited)
 1920 The City of Masks
 1920 Why Change Your Wife?
Naval Officer at Hotel (uncredited)
 1920 The Six Best Cellars
Holsappel (uncredited)
 1919 Was He Guilty? (uncredited)
 1918 Old Wives for New
Extra (uncredited)
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(1950-52) Radio: Starred in the series "Hopalong Cassidy" on the Mutual and later CBS Radio networks. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bill Boyd | Hopalong Cassidy


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I've tried to make Hoppy a plain and simple man in manners and dress. Hoppy isn't a flashy character. He isn't illiterate. Nor is he smart-alecky. He doesn't use big words or bad words. After all, I felt that Hoppy might be looked up to and that children might try to pattern their lives after the man. If Hoppy said 'ain't' and 'reckon' and that-away', all the kids might start saying the same ... See more »


Television talk-show host Johnny Carson told a story of how, in the mid-1960s, he met Boyd on a plane while flying cross-country. He asked Boyd, who hadn't made any public appearances in many years, if he would like to come on Carson's show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). Boyd politely declined, and when Carson asked why, Boyd replied that he thought it would be too much of a ... See more »


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