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William Boyd

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Biography

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. Read more...

Actor

Character: Feodor, A Volga Boatman

The Volga Boatman 1926

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Character: Count Karl Von Arnim

Lady of the Pavements 1929

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Character: William Calhoun

The Leatherneck 1929

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Character: Bill Holbrook

The Painted Desert 1931

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Character: Buck Gannon

Carnival Boat 1932

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Character: Dan Manton

Flaming Gold 1932

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Character: Hop-Along Cassidy

Hop-a-long Cassidy 1935

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Character: Hopalong Cassidy posing as Tex Riley

Stick to Your Guns 1941

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Character: Actor 'The Painted Desert'

Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963

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Character: Himself

L.A. Confidential 1997

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Character: W. Daingerfield Phelps III

Two Arabian Knights 1927

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Character: Himself - Actor

Texaco Star Theatre 1948

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