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January 26, 1951 |
Ottawa, Illinois, U.S.
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Willey was born in Ottawa, Illinois and was a member of the class of 1968 at Ottawa Township High School. He attended Southern Illinois University, where he majored in sculpture. While in college, he played baseball against Drake Hogestyn, another future soap opera actor. In 1981, he left Illinois for New York City. His first soap opera role was that of Joe Novak on Ryan's Hope. After numerous Off-Broadway productions, including Dust Off with Dan Lauria, and stints on Another World and Ryan's Hope, Willey joined the cast of All My Children.
Willey regularly hosts charity fundraisers, and developed the 'Willey World Endowment Fund', benefiting children's charities.
When not working, Walt resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his son, Chance, and daughter, Merit.
In 2009, Willey starred in a live theater performance of "The Odd Couple" with fellow "All My Children" star Jill Larson at Ottawa Township High School in Ottawa, Illinois. He played Felix Unger in three performances on July 24–26. Walt will play Oscar in the upcoming production of the same show at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven NJ (October 21 to Nov 1). Willey hopes to reprise community theater in his hometown of Ottawa, Illinois.
In July 2013, Willey joins a brand new soap "Tainted Dreams" as Gregory Ashford an easy-going, talented leading man who plays Jason Vanderbilt on Painted Dreams. He has his hands full with his "on camera" wife who also happens to be his "real life" wife.
In October 2013, Stage and screen actor Walt Willey joined the cast of Indie Soap Award-winning web series "THURSTON". The longtime ALL MY CHILDREN fan favorite will play Edmund Snead, father of the outlaw Snead boys and husband to Colleen Zenk's "madam" character, Agnes. Willey has already shot several scenes as Edmund.
Appearances in other media
Walt Willey launches his new "In-School" Acting Workshops and coaching. He also speaks to students in the character of Wild Bill Hickok about bullying in his new anti-bullying campaign.