William Lawrence

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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.

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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi james- I remember his show! BTW- the piper is usually here during the season! Hopefully he's on his way.

Sep 16, 2016 09:21 PM #1
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - At that salary, and no taxes, he could have bought a big chunck of SoCal like Bob Hope did! 

Sep 16, 2016 09:32 PM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I haven't seen this trend in bios on AR to this level until now with recent posts

Sep 16, 2016 09:38 PM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi James.  I've heard the name but didn't know the story.  Thanks.

Sep 16, 2016 10:01 PM #4
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

OMG..I remember the show! Thanks for the interesting story on William Lawrence's life! Really enjoyed this post.

Sep 16, 2016 10:01 PM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I remember the show and this wonderful actor.

Sep 16, 2016 10:31 PM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I am writing this before I pass out! Hop-along Cassidy is one that I know! My father had several movies of his that we watched regularly when I was young many moons ago! Enjoy your day!

Sep 16, 2016 10:34 PM #7
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I very much enjoyed your post today. We are looking forward to more insightful ones.

Sep 16, 2016 11:21 PM #8
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

As a young boy, I grew-up watching Hoppy on the 'Tube' James Dray . He sort of faded into the sunset after his long career.

Sep 16, 2016 11:21 PM #9
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Ok, now that is way before my time and I had to ask my husband who that was LOL - thanks for sharing James Dray 

Sep 16, 2016 11:35 PM #10
Jessie Cochran
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Panama City Realty Group

Thanks James Dray one of my favorites from childhood ;)

Sep 16, 2016 11:41 PM #11
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Finally got one this week! Watched him when I was growing up.

Sep 17, 2016 12:31 AM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I had no idea, and knew of him and not his movies.  A

Sep 17, 2016 01:07 AM #13
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

What an amazing career path & then the BIG SCREEN! Thanks for sharing ;) 

Hope your day is going great! ;)

Sep 17, 2016 02:47 AM #14
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi James Dray ,  I knew of William Boyd.  The middle name threw me off.  That was one of my favorite TV shows.  Now I'm telling my age.  

Sep 17, 2016 01:49 PM #15
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning again James,

Who in our age group would not remember Hopalong Cassidy and his big black ten gallon!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Sep 17, 2016 10:46 PM #16
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, James...I had no idea. I have heard of Hop Along Cassidy. My father likes the old western shows. 

Sep 18, 2016 11:47 AM #17
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello James

Wonderful post my friend and I do remember Hop-Along Cassidy

Hop-Along Cassidy

Sep 18, 2016 11:55 AM #18
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

He was a brilliant businessman also. He bought the rights to all his movies because he saw the potential for television. He died a very rich man and was one of my 1950's heroes with so many other TV western stars.

Sep 18, 2016 12:20 PM #19
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James, I never watched Hop-Along Cassidy, however, I do recall hearing about him. Still, this was an interesting post. 

Sep 18, 2016 12:54 PM #20
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