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Hopalong Cassidy was first introduced as a cowboy hero in a novel written by Clarence Mulford in 1904. Then in the 1930's and 40’s, he was portrayed by silent movie star William Boyd. Boyd portrayed Cassidy as a good guy, helpful, honest, and a friend to everyone he met. He didn't kiss girls, drink or smoke and always caught the villains. Boyd was so well liked in this role, he received over 15,000 fan letters each week. At the age of 60, Boyd finally hung up his guns and retired from show business.