Views July 2005 Cowboy Heroes By Roger D. McGrath The cowboys were our heroes. There were dozens to choose from. My favorite among the B Western stars was William Boyd, who made 66 films as Hopalong Cassidy beginning in 1935 and ending in 1948. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Roger D. McGrath Corresponding editor Roger D. McGrath is the author of Gunfighters, Highwaymen, and Vigilantes.