Bill Hayes (actor)

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Bill Hayes
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Born William Foster Hayes, III
(1925-06-05) June 5, 1925 (age 91)
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1952-present
Spouse(s) Mary Hobbs (1947-1969) (5 children)
Susan Seaforth (1974-present)

William "Bill" Foster Hayes III (born June 5, 1925 in Harvey, Illinois) is an American dramatic actor and former Billboard Hot 100 #1 recording artist. Following a career as a musician, he achieved fame as an actor when he began playing Doug Williams on NBC's daytime serial Days of Our Lives in 1970. Hayes originated the character of Doug and is the only actor to ever play that role. He still appears in the same role on Days of Our Lives.

Career[edit]

Hayes was a singer on the Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. During the Davy Crockett craze in 1955, three recorded versions of the Ballad of Davy Crockett were in the top 30. Hayes' version was the most popular, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks.[1] It sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[2] He also starred on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953). He had other small hits in the 1950s including "The Berry Tree" and covers of "High Noon" and "Wringle, Wrangle". "Wringle Wrangle" was his only other Hot 100 hit, reaching #33 in 1957.[1]

His singing career also found its way to his storyline on Days of Our Lives; in the story, Doug was introduced as a convict who was also a lounge singer.

The character of Doug returned in 1986 and 1987, as well as 1993 and 1996. Most recently, he has been on the show since 1999. His character was killed off in the spring of 2004 by Dr. Marlena Evans (to reduce the show's budget). In an elaborate plot hatched by head writer James E. Reilly, Doug Williams turned up alive on a tropical island and went home to his wife.

Bill and his wife, Susan, are also published authors with books including "Like Sands Through The Hourglass" and "Trumpet".

He and his wife Susan have supported the West Texas Rehab Center, hosting the annual telethon in Abilene, Texas.

Personal life[edit]

Hayes graduated from DePauw University with a double major in music and English and became a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

He has been married to Days of our Lives co-star Susan Seaforth since 1974. His character's partnership with Seaforth's character, Julie, is widely considered to be the first supercoupling on the American daytime serials.[citation needed]

Their relationship was so popular that they were featured on the front page of Time magazine in 1976, the first and only soap opera stars to hold that distinction to date.

In 2005, the couple published their joint autobiography, Like Sands Through the Hourglass.

Hayes was previously married to Mary Hobbs from 1947 to 1969; they share five children.

Roles[edit]

  • Days of our Lives (Doug Williams: 1970 -1984; 1986–1987; 1993; 1994; 1996; 1999–present (recurring)
  • Miracle at Gate 213 (TV Film) - Louis Darling (2013)[3]
  • Frasier (TV Series) (Frasier Has Spokane) - Sully (2002)
  • Matlock (TV Series) (The Reunion) - George Dutton (1988)[4]
  • Cade's County (TV Series) (1972)[5]
  • The Interns (TV Series) (The Price of Life) - Vern Anderson (1970)[5][6]
  • The Wednesday Play - In Two Minds (1967)
  • Once Upon a Mattress (TV Special) - Minstrel (1964)[7]
  • The Cardinal (Film) - Frank (1964)
  • True Story (TV Series) - Larry Foster (1961)
  • Here's Hollywood (TV Variety Series) - Himself-multiple appearances (1961)[8][9]
  • Show of the Week-Music of the Thirties - Himself (1961)[10]
  • Music for a Christmas Night - The Gift of Song (TV Music Special) - Himself (1960)[11]
  • Bell Telephone Hour (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1960)
  • Voice of Firestone (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1959)[12]
  • Oldsmobile Music Theater (TV Drama Series) - Host (1959)[13]
  • Kiss Me Kate (TV Special) - Bill Calhoun/Lucentio (1958)[14]
  • Little Women (TV Special-Musical) - John Brooke (1958)[15]
  • Yeoman of the Guard (Hallmark Hall of Fame TV Special) - Colonel Fairfax (1957)[16]
  • The Big Record (TV Variety Series) - Himself-multiple appearances (1957)[17][18][19]
  • Club 60 (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1957)[20]
  • Max Liebman Presents (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1956)[21]
  • The Ernie Kovacs Show (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1956)[22]
  • Rocket Revue (TV Variety Series) - Himself (1956)[23]
  • Variety (TV Special) (1955)[24]
  • Percy Faith Hour (TV Variety Series) (1955)[25]
  • The Woolworth Hour (TV Variety Series) (1955)[26]
  • Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town (TV Variety Series) (1953)[27]
  • Stop, You're Killing Me (Film) - Chance Whitelaw (1952)[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Daytime Emmy Award: Outstanding Actor, Daytime Drama Series (nomination) (1975[29] and 1976[30])
  • Soapy Awards: Actor of the Year (1977)[31]
  • Daytime TV Magazine Reader's Poll: Best Actor (1973,[32] 1976,[33] 1977,[34] and 1978[35])
  • Afternoon TV Magazine: Best Actor (1974)[36]
  • Photoplay Magazine Gold Medal Award: Favorite Daytime Male Star (1977[37] and 1978[38])

In 2016, the Bill Hayes Prize in Musical Theater was created by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Joel Whitburn, Top Pop Singles, 12th edn, 2009.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 74. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ Wood, Jeff (2013-12-25), Miracle at Gate 213, retrieved 2016-08-18 
  4. ^ Dubin, Charles S. (2000-01-01), The Reunion, retrieved 2016-08-18 
  5. ^ a b "1 Feb 1973, Page 12 - The Cincinnati Enquirer at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  6. ^ O'Herlihy, Michael (1970-10-30), The Price of Life, retrieved 2016-08-18 
  7. ^ "30 May 1964, Page 23 - The Burlington Free Press at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  8. ^ "8 Sep 1961, Page 41 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
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  12. ^ "22 Feb 1959, Page 126 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  13. ^ "16 Apr 1959, Page 55 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  14. ^ "20 Nov 1958, Page 20 - The Courier-Journal at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  15. ^ "16 Oct 1958, Page 39 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  16. ^ "6 Apr 1957, Page 5 - The Pantagraph at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  17. ^ "3 Nov 1957, Page 147 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  18. ^ "7 Dec 1957, Page 34 - Daily Independent Journal at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  19. ^ "11 Dec 1957, Page 38 - Daily Independent Journal at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
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  21. ^ "26 Feb 1956, Page 113 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  22. ^ "3 Sep 1956, Page 33 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  23. ^ "8 Nov 1956, Page 63 - The Pittsburgh Press at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  24. ^ "30 Jan 1955, Page 81 - The Courier-Journal at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  25. ^ "26 Jun 1955, Page 115 - The Indianapolis Star at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  26. ^ "31 Dec 1955, Page 2 - The Mason City Globe-Gazette at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  27. ^ "3 Aug 1953, Page 28 - Tucson Daily Citizen at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  28. ^ "30 Nov 1952, Page 29 - The Brooklyn Daily Eagle at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-18. 
  29. ^ "18 Apr 1975, Page 106 - The Los Angeles Times at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  30. ^ "2 May 1976, Page 132 - The Odessa American at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  31. ^ "30 Oct 1977, Page 80 - The Lawton Constitution at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  32. ^ "2 Jun 1973, Page 19 - The Ogden Standard-Examiner at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  33. ^ "4 Jul 1976, Page 341 - Independent Press-Telegram at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  34. ^ "24 May 1977, Page 25 - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  35. ^ "A Celebration of the Super 70s 1970-1980". The Best of Daytime TV, No. 4. Sterling's Magazines, Inc. p. 3. 1979. 
  36. ^ "12 Jul 1974, Page 24 - The Daily Standard at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  37. ^ "19 Jun 1977, Page 12 - The Waxahachie Daily Light at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 
  38. ^ "19 Nov 1978, Page 196 - Asbury Park Press at Newspapers.com". Retrieved 2016-08-16. 

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