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Hopalong Cassidy ACTOR


Hopalong Cassidy, born with the birth name William Boyd on June 5th, 1895 in Cambridge, Ohio was the son of a laborer.  At the age of seven his family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Sadly, in his early teens, both parents passed away.  He was therefore, forced to leave receiving his childhood education and instead work various jobs to make an income. 
In 1919, he chose to move to Hollywood.  He received his first role as an extra on, "Why Change Your Wife?" (1920).  He tried to enlist in the army during World War I, but was not allowed due to a weak heart condition.  Following his small appearance he was actually lucky enough to get a lead role in, "Volga Boatman" (1926).  Unbelievable this film was earning him upwards of $100,000 per year.  He also appeared in, "Lady of the Pavements" (1929).
However, as the silent movie era began to end, Boyd was sadly unemployed.  Coincidently, another actor with the name, William 'Stage' Boyd, was arrested for gambling and liquor charges and this put even more confusion and increased hardship on his career.

Luckily, in 1935 Boyd was offered the lead role in, "Hop-A-Long Cassidy" and Boyd did everything in his power to make this character an ideal role model.  The original character was supposed to portrayed as a hard drinking, rough living wrangler, but instead, Hopalong changed him to be presented as a cowboy here who did not smoke, drink or swear.   
He also married,  Grace Bradley, whom he remained with as his life long partner until his passing.  By 1943, Boyd had made 54 "Hoppies" for his original producer.  Even after the producer, Harry Sherman dropped the series, Boyd continued with it and produced 12 more. 

He was the hero of a total of 28 western novels written by author, Clarence E. Mulford. 

In 1948, Boyd chose to sell his ranch and make enough money to buy the rights to all his pictures.  He marketed all sorts of products and was able to collect royalties on items such as lunch boxes, watches, trashcans, cups and dishes. 
He soon decided to leave filming the series, but chose to turn over his company to CBS, assuring employment for his entire crew.  Prior to leaving this role, in 1950, Hopalong appeared on numerous magazines such as the cover issue of "Look" (1950) and the November 27th issue of "Time" (1950).
Boyd also received a cameo as himself in, "The Greatest Show on Earth" ( 1952) and was also offered the role of Moses, which he declined.  He felt that after protraying Hopalong for so many years, the public would never be able to accept him portraying the character of Moses.

In 1953, Boyd chose to retire in the beautiful area of Palm Desert, California.  On September 12th, 1962, Boyd passed way in Laguna Beach, California from Parkinson's disease as well as heart failure.  He was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Glendale, California. 

He did have three previous wives prior to Grace, Dorothy Sebastian (1931-1935), Ellinor Fair (1926-1929) and Ruth Miller (1921-1924) but all were short lived until he met Grace. 
A total of sixty-six motion picture features starring the same actor was an amazing feat at that time.  The films were shown all over America as well as internationally.  He was receiving over 15,000 fan letters on a weekly basis.  William Boyd Enterprises was sold for $8 million.  Boyd received a star on the Hollywood walk of Fame and was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame as well as the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. 

Hoplalong Cassidy Films

1954   Tricky Fingers

1954   The Emerald Saint

1954   The Black Sombrero

1954   Frameup for Murder

1954   Masquerade for Matilda

1952   The Greatest Show on Earth

1948   Strange Gamble

1948   False Paradise 

1948   Borrowed Trouble

1948   Sinister Journey

1948   The Dead Don't Dream

1948   Silent Conflict

1947   Hoppy's Holiday

1947   The Marauders

1947   Dangerous Venture

1947   Unexpected Guest

1947   Fool's Gold

1946   The Devil's Playground

1944   Forty Thieves

1944   Mystery Man

1944   Lumberjack 

1944   Texas Masquerade

1943   Riders of the Deadline

1943   False Colors 

1943   Bar 20

1943   Colt Comrades

1943   Leather Burners

1943   Border Patrol

1943   Hoppy Serves a Writ

1942   Lost Canyon

1942   Undercover Man

1941   Secret of the Wastelands

1941   Outlaws of the Desert 

1941   Riders of the Timberline 

1941   Wide Open Town 

1941   Pirates on Horseback

1941   Border Vigilantes 

1941   In Old Colorado

1941   Doomed Caravan

1940   Three Men from Texas

1940   Stagecoach War 

1940   Hidden Gold 

1940   The Showdown

1940   Santa Fe Marshal 

1939   Law of the Pampas 

1939   Range War

1939   Renegade Trail
1939   Silver on the Sage

1939   Sunset Trail

1938   The Frontiersmen 

1938   In Old Mexico

1938   Pride of the West

1938   Bar 20 Justice

1938   Heart of Arizona

1938   Cassidy of Bar 20

1938   Partners of the Plains

1937   Texas Trail 

1937   Hopalong Rides Again

1937   Rustlers' Valley

1937   North of the Rio Grande

1937   Hills of Old Wyoming

1937   Borderland 

1936   Trail Dust

1936   Hopalong Cassidy Returns

1936   3 on the Trail

1936   Call of the Prairie

1936   Heart of the West

1935   The Eagle's Brood

1935   Bar 20 Rides Again

1935   Hop-A-Long Cassidy

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Matinee Classics - Call of the Prairie starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, James Ellison, William Farnum, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Al Bridge and Howard Lang
Matinee Classics - Mystery Man starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Andy Clyde, Bob Burns, Forrest Taylor, Francis McDonald, Jimmy Rogers, Eleanor Stewart and Don Costello
Matinee Classics - North of the Rio Grande starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Haydon, Stephen Morris, Bernadene Hayes, John Rutherford, Lorraine Randall, Walter Long, Lee J. Cobb, Al Ferguson and John Beach
Matinee Classics - Hopalong Cassidy Radio starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George 'Gabby' Hayes and Andy Clyde as California
Matinee Classics - Pride of the West starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Russell Hayden, Earle Hodgins, Charlotte Field, Billy King, Kenneth Harlan, Glenn Strange, James Craig and Bruce Mitchell
Matinee Classics - Range War starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Russell Hayden, Willard Robertson, Pedro de Cordoba, Betty Moran, Britt Wood, Matt Moore, Kenneth Harlan and Francis McDonald
Matinee Classics - Renegade Trail starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Russell Hayden, Charlotte Wynters, Russell Hopton, Roy Barcroft, John Merton, Sonny Bupp and Eddie Dean
Matinee Classics - Riders of the Deadline starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers, Frances Woodward, William Halligan, Robert Mitchum, Richard Crane and Anthony Warde
Matinee Classics - Santa Fe Marshal starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, Russell Hayden, Marjorie Rambeau, Bernadene Hayes, Earl Hodgins, Britt Wood, Kenneth Harlan, William Pagan, George Anderson, Jack Rockwell and Eddie Dean

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