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William "Stage" Boyd

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William "Stage" Boyd
William Henry Boyd

December 18 1886[1][2]
New York City, U.S.
DiedMarch 20 1935
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationStage actor, film actor
Years active1913-1935

William H. Boyd (December 18, 1886, in New York City, New York – March 20, 1935, in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor billed as William "Stage" Boyd or William Stage Boyd.


Boyd was an early 20th century stage actor who appeared in two Broadway plays and then worked in motion pictures. To avoid confusion with the better-known performer working under the same name, William Boyd (best known for playing Hopalong Cassidy), Boyd adopted the name William "Stage" Boyd to emphasize his experience on the legitimate stage. Such experience was considered an advantage to an actor after the introduction of talking pictures.

Boyd's arrests for alcohol possession (during Prohibition) and drug possession damaged his career and that of the other William Boyd.[3] Many newspapers reported the arrests, but published photos of the wrong William Boyd, who lost his studio contract with RKO.[citation needed]

Boyd's first wife, Margaret Christiansen, later married theatrical producer Harry Frazee, the one-time owner of the Boston Red Sox who is best remembered for selling Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees.


Year Title Role Notes
1913 The Star of India
1915 Stop Thief! Dr. Willoughby
1915 The Ringtailed Rhinoceros Prime Minister
1916 The Kiss of Hate Isaac
1918 Marriages Are Made Max Rupholdt
1918 Virtuous Wives Monte Bracken
1920 Blackbirds Detective
1929 The Locked Door Lawrence Reagan
1930 The Benson Murder Case Harry Gray
1930 Those Who Dance Diamond Joe Jennings
1930 The Storm Burr Winton
1930 The Spoilers Alec McNamara
1930 Derelict Jed Graves
1931 The Gang Buster 'Sudden Mike' Slade
1931 Gun Smoke Kedge Darvis
1931 City Streets McCoy
1931 Murder by the Clock Lt. Valcour
1931 The Road to Reno Jerry Kenton
1931 The False Madonna Dr. Ed Marcy
1932 Sky Devils Sgt. Hogan
1932 The Wiser Sex Harry Evans
1932 State's Attorney Valentine 'Vanny' Powers
1932 The Painted Woman Captain Boynton
1932 Madison Square Garden Sloane
1932 Midnight Warning Thorwaldt Cornish
1932 Rasputin and the Empress Comrade General Uncredited
1933 Oliver Twist Bill Sikes
1933 Laughing at Life Inspector Mason
1933 The Chief Dan 'Danny' O'Rourke
1933 The House on 56th Street Bonelli
1934 The Girl from Missouri George - Eadie's Stepfather Uncredited
1934 Transatlantic Merry-Go-Round Joe Saunders
1935 Night Life of the Gods Mulligan
1935 The Lost City Zolok Serial. Final film role.


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