William Lawrence was born in Hendrysburg, Ohio back in 1895 to Charles and Lida. He was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma however when his father died he moved to California. He worked as an orange picker, surveyor, tool dresser and automobile salesman. He also found extra work in the movie industry.
When WWI started he enlisted in the army but was exempt because of a “weak heart”. He continued working getting part time roles gradually working his way up until he became famous as a leading man in silent film romances earing an annual salary of $100,000.00, quite a hefty sum then.
In 1936 he was offered a supporting role in a film however, he asked for the title role and won it. As they say the rest is history. BTW I’m writing about William Lawrence Boyd, still don’t recognize the name, hmm let’s see, maybe you know him better as the role he played in several films. The name is Hop-Along Cassidy. He died in 1972 as a result of complications from Parkinson’s disease and heart failure.