About William Boyd
William Lawrence Boyd (June 5, 1895 – September 12, 1972) was an American film actor who is known for portraying the cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy.Boyd’s acting career began in Hollywood as an extra on ‘Why Change Your Wife?’ and a couple of other films. More prominent film roles followed, including his breakout role as Jack Moreland in ‘The Road to Yesterday ‘. 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 impressed critics, 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’. He then appeared in D.W. Griffith’s ‘Lady of the Pavements’ and went on to rack up an impressive filmography by the end of his career in 1954. Learn More…