Whatever happened to . . . William Boyd, cowboy star of the 1930s and '40s? Will his movies ever be on TV? - Daniel Vargo, Lincoln Park, Mich.

Stats: Born June 5, 1898, in Cambridge, Ohio. Quit school to support his family after his parents died. Married four times.Early years: After a series of odd jobs, Boyd made his movie debut as an extra in 1919 in a Cecil B. DeMille silent, "Why Change Your Wife?" Famous for: In 1935, Boyd starred in the first of 66 low-budget westerns as Hopalong Cassidy.

Moving along: Boyd made a few other movies; his last was DeMille's "The Greatest Show on Earth" in 1952. He bought the TV rights to the "Hopalong Cassidy" movies, edited them into 30- and 60-minute films and sold them to early TV. He died in 1972.

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