July 24, 1947 |
Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.
|Other names||Robert B. Hays|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Cherie Currie (1990-1997); 1 child|
Life and career
Hays was born in Bethesda, Maryland. Before his time in Hollywood, he lived in Pacific Beach, San Diego, California, and picked up acting roles in San Diego's local theater scene. He had several at the world famous Old Globe Theatre, including the leading role as "Petruccio" in a touring production of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Shortly afterwards, Hayes moved to Hollywood, where he found quick success.
In 1977 Hayes played a role in the television series Wonder Woman, playing a military corporal in the same outfit he wore in the movie Airplane!. Hays has starred in several short-lived television series, including the 1978 production The Young Pioneers on ABC; the 1979 series Angie; the science fiction series Starman, on which he played the title character; and FM. He played the role of "Bud", the man thought to be Hyde's dad, in several episodes of That '70s Show. Hays has also directed and produced for films and television.
He has also performed in many television movies and has done voice work such as the title character on the Marvel Comics adaptation of Iron Man. In 2013, Hays appeared in a slapstick-laden TV spot promoting tourism in Wisconsin, which also reunited him with Airplane! co-director David Zucker.
- Wonder Woman (original air date 2/16/1977)
- The Initiation of Sarah (1978)
- Angie (TV series) (1979–1980)
- The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything (TV) (1980)
- Starman (TV series) (1986–87)
- Murder by the Book (TV movie) (1987)
- FM (1989–1990) - 13 episodes
- Running Against Time (TV movie) (1990)
- The Larry Sanders Show (TV series) (1992) (guest)
- Iron Man (TV series) (1994–1996) - 26 episodes (voice)
- Deadly Invasion: The Killer Bee Nightmare (TV movie) (1995)
- Vanished (TV movie) (1995)
- Unabomber: the True Story (TV) (1996)
- The Incredible Hulk (TV) (1996) - 1 episode (voice)
- Spider-Man (TV) (1996 - 1997) - 6 episodes (voice)
- 30 Years to Life (TV Movie) (1998)
- Kelly Kelly (TV) (1998) - 7 episodes
- The Outer Limits (TV series) (1999) - 1 episode
- That '70s Show (TV) (2000) - 2 episodes
- Bette (TV) (2001) - 2 episodes
- Spin City (TV) (2002) - 1 episode
Produced and directed