Boyd, William, 1895-1972

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Boyd was an actor made famous through his portrayal of the cowboy character Hopalong Cassidy on film, radio and television. Hopalong first appeared in films in 1934, on television in 1949, and on radio and in comics in 1950. The character became enourmously popular and Boyd acquired all rights to the Hopalong character in 1948. He consolidated all Hopalong enterprises and began a highly profitable business through promotion of the character. Boyd donated some of his profits to childrens hospitals and homes. Boyd married actress Grace Bradley in 1937. He retired in 1953.

From the description of Papers, 1930-1977. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 29642920

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creatorOf Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture. 1794 - 2003. Public Information and Training Motion Picture and Television Productions. 1990 - 1995. Little Smokey
referencedIn Western movie film still collection, 1931-1957. Museum of the Great Plains
referencedIn Rao, John, Jr. John Rao, Jr. western entertainers collection, 1900-1972. National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
referencedIn Hoeptner, Fred. John Edwards memorial collection, 1956-1972. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Western film lobby card and poster collection, 1916-1980 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Boyd, William, 1895-1972. Papers, 1930-1977. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
referencedIn Mulford, Clarence Edward, 1883-1956. Papers of Clarence Edward Mulford, undated. Library of Congress
referencedIn Robert Benney original drawings, 1926-1947 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Western film lobby card and poster collection, 1916-1980. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith B.B. Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith Benney, Robert, 1904-2001 person
associatedWith Bradley, Grace. person
associatedWith Hoeptner, Fred. person
associatedWith Hopalong Cassidy Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith Hopalong Cassidy Savings Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Mulford, Clarence Edward, 1883-1956. person
associatedWith Nacio Publications. corporateBody
associatedWith Northvine Pictures. corporateBody
associatedWith Rao, John, Jr. person
correspondedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith United Artists Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith William Boyd Productions. corporateBody
associatedWith William Boyd Youth Foundation. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Cassidy, Hopalong (Fictitious character)
Hopalong Cassidy films
Western films
Western television programs
Radio programs


Birth 1895-06-05

Death 1972-09-12





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