William "Stage" Boyd

William H. Boyd (December 28, 1889, 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.

For others with the same name, see William Boyd (disambiguation)

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.[1] Many newspapers reported the arrests but published photos of the wrong William Boyd, who lost his studio contract with RKO.

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.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1913The Star of India
1915Stop Thief!Dr. Willoughby
1915The Ringtailed RhinocerosPrime Minister
1916The Kiss of HateIsaac
1918Marriages Are MadeMax Rupholdt
1918Virtuous WivesMonte Bracken
1920BlackbirdsDetective
1929The Locked DoorLawrence Reagan
1930The Benson Murder CaseHarry Gray
1930Those Who DanceDiamond Joe Jennings
1930The StormBurr Winton
1930The SpoilersAlec McNamara
1930DerelictJed Graves
1931The Gang Buster'Sudden Mike' Slade
1931Gun SmokeKedge Darvis
1931City StreetsMcCoy
1931Murder by the ClockLt. Valcour
1931The Road to RenoJerry Kenton
1931The False MadonnaDr. Ed Marcy
1932Sky DevilsSgt. Hogan
1932The Wiser SexHarry Evans
1932State's AttorneyValentine 'Vanny' Powers
1932The Painted WomanCaptain Boynton
1932Madison Square GardenSloane
1932Midnight WarningThorwaldt Cornish
1932Rasputin and the EmpressComrade GeneralUncredited
1933Oliver TwistBill Sikes
1933Laughing at LifeInspector Mason
1933The ChiefDan 'Danny' O'Rourke
1933The House on 56th StreetBonelli
1934The Girl from MissouriGeorge - Eadie's StepfatherUncredited
1934Transatlantic Merry-Go-RoundJoe Saunders
1935Night Life of the GodsMulligan
1935The Lost CityZolokSerial, (final film role)

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