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January 26, 1951 |
Ottawa, Illinois, U.S.
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Early life and education
Willey was born in Ottawa, Illinois and was a member of the class of 1969 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 branched out into stand-up comedy in 1989, entertaining across the country. He headlined at famous comedy clubs such as Caroline's in Manhattan and the Comedy Store in California. 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). He continued to produce community theatre in Ottawa, presenting "Arsenic and Old Lace", "Plaza Suite", "Harvey", "Deathtrap", and "Auntie Mame".
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.
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.
In 2014, Walt guest co-hosted "You & Me This Morning" on WCIU, the U, a Chicago entertainment television show.
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.
- Logan, Michael (December 30, 2013). "First Look: An All-Star Soap Cast Shines in Tainted Dreams". TV Guide. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
- "Tainted Dreams: Meet the Characters". TaintedDreamstheSeries.com. Retrieved November 12, 2015.