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About William Boyd:
Died: September 12, 1972
Although he was considered a movie idol in the silent movies, well before the days of Hopalong Cassidy, Hoppy is the only role we identify him with. Hopalong Cassidy movies started in 1935 and he was one of the original good guys. He didn't smoke, drink, or swear and apparently rarely kissed a girl. No wonder the little boys loved him so much!
Boyd bought the rights to his movies and probably was one of the early ones to see the value of licensing his name and image. There were hundreds of items produced with his picture on it, including the first pictorial lunch box in 1950 made by Aladdin Industries.
I'm a little bit sad that today's youth don't have a hero like him, a hero that had a honor creed for boys and girls, never allowed his character to be shown participating in even the mildest of vices and was the original good guy, even though he wore black.