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William Boyd

Highest Rated:   100% Songwriter (1984)
Lowest Rated:   11% A Good Man in Africa (1994)
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Birthplace:   Hendrysburg, Ohio, USA
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. With the end of silent movies, Boyd was without a contract and 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 and liquor charges, and that hurt his career even more. In 1935 he was offered the lead role in Hop-Along Cassidy (1935). He changed the original pulp-fiction character to its opposite, made sure that "Hoppy" didn't smoke, drink, chew tobacco or swear, rarely kissed a girl, 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 products 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. He died on September 12,1972 in Laguna Beach, California, USA from Parkinson's disease and heart failure.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Restless
  • Screenwriter
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet Somebody Help Me 2
  • Executive Producer
2010
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Screenwriter
2009
No Score Yet Somebody Help Me
  • Executive Producer
2007
No Score Yet Charles Dickens: The Man Who Asked for More
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Man to Man
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet Waste of Shame
  • Screenwriter
2005
No Score Yet The Trench
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1999
11% A Good Man in Africa
  • Producer
1994
57% Chaplin
  • Screenwriter
1992
82% Mister Johnson
  • Screenwriter
1991
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • Screenwriter
1990
No Score Yet Stars and Bars
  • Screenwriter
1988
No Score Yet Scoop
  • Screenwriter
1987
100% Songwriter
  • Blind Tommy's Brother
1984
44% The Greatest Show on Earth
  • Himself
1952
No Score Yet The Dead Don't Dream
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1948
No Score Yet False Paradise
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1948
No Score Yet Sinister Journey
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1948
No Score Yet Silent Conflict
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1948
No Score Yet Borrowed Trouble
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1948
No Score Yet Dangerous Venture
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1947
No Score Yet Marauders
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1947
No Score Yet Hoppy's Holiday
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1947
No Score Yet Unexpected Guest
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1947
No Score Yet The Devil's Playground
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1946
No Score Yet Forty Thieves
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1944
No Score Yet Lumberjack
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1944
No Score Yet Texas Masquerade
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1944
No Score Yet Mystery Man
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1944
No Score Yet Riders of the Deadline
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet False Colors
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet The Leather Burners
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Border Patrol
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Bar 20
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Colt Comrades
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Hoppy Serves a Writ
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Lost Canyon
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1943
No Score Yet Undercover Man
  • Actor
1942
No Score Yet Stick to Your Guns
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Pirates on Horseback
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Riders of the Timberline
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Doomed Caravan
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Wide Open Town
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Twilight on the Trail
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Outlaws of the Desert
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Secrets of the Wastelands
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Border Vigilantes
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1941
No Score Yet Stagecoach War
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1940
No Score Yet Hidden Gold
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1940
No Score Yet Three Men from Texas
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Marshal
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1940
No Score Yet The Showdown
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1940
No Score Yet Renegade Trail
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1939
No Score Yet Silver on the Sage
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1939
No Score Yet Law of the Pampas
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1939
No Score Yet Range War
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1939
No Score Yet Partners of the Plains
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet In Old Mexico
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet Bar 20 Justice
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet Heart of Arizona
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet The Frontiersman
  • 'Hopalong' Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet Sunset Trail
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet Cassidy of Bar 20
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1938
No Score Yet Rustler's Valley
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1937
No Score Yet North of the Rio Grande
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1937
No Score Yet Borderland
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1937
No Score Yet Hills of Old Wyoming
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1937
No Score Yet Texas Trail
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1937
No Score Yet Heart of the West
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Call of the Prairie
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Three on the Trail
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Bar 20 Rides Again
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Returns
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Go-Get-'em Haines
  • Steve Haines
1936
No Score Yet Trail Dust
  • Hopalong Cassidy
1936
No Score Yet Hopalong Cassidy Enters
  • Bill `Hopalong' Cassidy
1935
No Score Yet East Side Kids - The Lost City
  • Actor
1935
No Score Yet Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round
  • Joe Saunders
1934
No Score Yet Laughing at Life
  • Actor
1933
No Score Yet Midnight Warning
  • William 'Bill' Cornish
1932
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden
  • Sloane
1932
No Score Yet The Painted Desert
  • Bill Holbrook
1931
No Score Yet State's Attorney
  • Valentine 'Vanny' Powers
1931
No Score Yet High Voltage
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet Flying Fool
  • Actor
1929
No Score Yet His First Command
  • Terry Culver
1929
No Score Yet Two Arabian Knights
  • Private W. Dangerfield Phelps
1927
69% The King of Kings
  • Simon
1927
No Score Yet The Young Rajah
  • Stephen Van Kovert
1922

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Restless
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Screenwriter
  • 2011
50% Any Human Heart
2010
  • Screenwriter

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