Born in 1895, Boyd worked as a laborer until he had a small part in a film in 1920. Soon he became a star of a number of silent movies. In the thirties, his career took a nose dive until he starred in a 1935 western as a character named Hopalong Cassidy. Between 1935 and 1948, Boyd starred in 66 Cassidy movies. In each film, dressed all in black, riding his white horse, Topper, he provided action as well as a moral lesson to his audiences. When these films were released to television in the 1950's, a whole new generation of people became "Hoppy" fans. Boyd died in 1972.
Today, with the showing of Hoppy movies on cable television, William Boyd is well known to new generations. In July, 2001 The Encore Western Channel presented a 48 Hour Hoppy Marathon and released a new one hour special on Bill Boyd.
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