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About William Boyd
William Boyd was Born in 1895. He worked various jobs until he was offered a
cameo in a circa early 1920's film..
He continued to attain bigger roles in silent flickers
In 1935, William Boyd introduced the Hopalong Cassidy character in movie serials. Between 1935 and 1948, Boyd starred in 66 Hoppys, dressed all in black. The westerns were essentially morality plays, the good guys always won over the bad guys. In the 1950's, the 66 movies were syndicated to television stations which aired them mostly on Saturday Or Sunday afternoons.
William Boyd died after a period of ailments in 1972. Hoppy still rides on indie cable channels, web fansite photos, on hard to find DVD release and here on easy to find Oldiestelevision.com.
Trivia In 1968, a fledgling Blonder-Tongue (antenna maker) owned television station, WBTB-TV channel 68, in West Orange, New Jersey announced in the New York Daily News that "Hoppy Rides Again" on their channel. Problem was, the company which claimed to own the rights to "Hopalong Cassidy," J&J Video in Trenton, NJ, had tapes of the show, but not the license to distribute it. Chagrined, channel 68 sold time to "The Bulgarian Hour" in the Saturday 5PM slot slated for Hoppy, who didn`'t ride again on Jersey TV. Daily News TV editor Bruce Chadwick, who had an interview show on then Suburban Cablevision in East Orange, NJ, (their Rudy Vallee fiasco is for another OTV page) never accepted another press release from ch. 68 until giant Wometco purchased the station in the mid 70's.