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SpouseSusan Seaforth Hayes, Mary Hobbs
FactHe met and married first wife Mary Hobbs while he was a student at DePauw University. They had five children.

Bill Hayes is an American actor, singer, and dancer best known for his portrayal of Doug Williams on the NBC daytime drama Days of Our Lives.

Born William Robert Hayes Jr. on June 5, 1925 in Harvey, Illinois, to William Robert Hayes Sr. and Mabel Irene Hayes, Bill was the eldest of three children. His sister, Mary, was born two years after him, and his brother, Robert, was born four years after him.

Bill’s father worked as a machinist for the Illinois Central Railroad, and his mother was a homemaker. As a child, Bill was interested in music and often sang in the church choir. He also enjoyed playing sports, and was a member of the Harvey High School basketball team.

After graduating from high school in 1943, Bill enlisted in the United States Navy and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946, and returned to Illinois.

In 1947, Bill enrolled at Northwestern University, where he studied drama. He also became a member of the university’s track team. After graduating from Northwestern in 1951, Bill moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

Bill’s first acting role was in the 1952 Broadway production of Mister Roberts. He also appeared in several other Broadway productions throughout the 1950s, including The Tender Trap and The Pajama Game.

In 1956, Bill made his television debut on an episode of The Edge of Night. He went on to appear in a number of other television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including The Love Boat and The Mod Squad.

In 1965, Bill landed the role of Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives. He played the role for nearly 30 years, until his character was killed off in 1994. In addition to his work on Days of Our Lives, Bill has also appeared in a number of films and television movies over the years.

In recent years, Bill has retired from acting and now resides in California with his wife, actress Susan Seaforth Hayes, whom he married in 1974. The couple has two children together: a son, Mark, and a daughter, Julie.

Throughout his career, Bill has won several awards, including a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Days of Our Lives. His net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

General Info

Full NameBill Hayes
Height1.75 m
ProfessionActor, Singer
EducationDePauw University


SpouseSusan Seaforth Hayes, Mary Hobbs


NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Movies9 Dead Gay Guys, China: The Panda Adventure, The Cardinal, Stop, You're Killing Me
TV ShowsDays of Our Lives, Your Show of Shows, Caesar Presents

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1All I had heard about soap operas were derogatory: the writing was bad, the plotting was bad, that type of thing. But when I got there, the actors were incredibly good, the writing was excellent. Everything about it was wonderful. [The Arizona Republic, March 21, 1997]


1Co-starring with Lee Meriwether in the nostalgic play "I Remember You" at the Norris Theater in the Los Angeles area. [May 2005]
2He met and married first wife Mary Hobbs while he was a student at DePauw University. They had five children.
3He and Susan made the cover of Time magazine in 1976.
4Son-in-law of actress Elizabeth Harrower.




Never Can Say Goodbye: When Love and Hate Survive DeathannouncedDaniel
Days of Our Lives1972-2016TV SeriesDoug Williams Jack Devereaux John Palmer ...
Miracle at Gate 2132013TV MovieLouis Darling
Childstar2004Hockey Announcer
9 Dead Gay Guys2002Dirty Ole' Irish Tramp
Frasier2002TV SeriesNeil 'Sully' Sullivan
China: The Panda Adventure2001Narrator
Days of Our Lives' 35th Anniversary2000TV MovieDoug Williams
Wrestling with God1990Thomas Campbell
Cop Rock1990TV SeriesThomas J. Wagner
Matlock1988TV SeriesGeorge Dutton
Hooperman1988TV Series
Cade's County1972TV SeriesPaul Ross
The Interns1970TV SeriesVern Anderson
Once Upon a Mattress1964TV MovieMinstrel
The Cardinal1963Frank
True Story1961TV SeriesLarry Foster
The Bell Telephone Hour1960TV Series
The Voice of Firestone1959TV Series
Kiss Me, Kate1958TV MovieBill Calhoun (Lucentio)
Little Women1958TV MovieJohn Brooks
The United States Steel Hour1958TV SeriesSpike Hunter
Decoy1957TV SeriesGordon
The Yeoman of the Guard1957TV MovieCol. Fairfax
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of New Orleans1957ShortSinger
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Ontario1956ShortSinger
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Manhattan1955ShortSinger
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV MovieJoe Taylor (segment 'Allegro')
Armstrong Circle Theatre1952TV Series
Stop, You're Killing Me1952Chancellor 'Chance' Whitelaw


Cop Rock1990TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special performer: "The Ballad of Davy Crockett"
Once Upon a Mattress1964TV Movie performer: "NORMANDY"
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of New Orleans1957Short performer: "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans"
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Manhattan1955Short performer: "Manhattan Data"
General Foods 25th Anniversary Show: A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein1954TV Movie performer: "You Are Never Away"
Stop, You're Killing Me1952performer: "You're My Ever-Loving" - uncredited
Your Show of Shows1950TV Series performer - 1 episode

Camera Department

8 Seconds1994additional assistant camera


George!1972dog trainer


Untitled Bill Hayes DocumentaryDocumentary post-production
Searching for Eddie Running Wolf2015Documentary voice
The 83rd Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade2014TV MovieHimself
Lifestyle Magazine2011TV Series documentaryHimself
SoapTalk2005TV SeriesHimself
Days of Our Lives' Christmas2001TV SpecialHimself / Doug Williams
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
A Journey in Faith1999VideoHimself
50 Years of Soaps: An All-Star Celebration1994TV MovieHimself
Hour Magazine1985TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1981TV MovieHimself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Hollywood Squares1973-1979TV SeriesHimself
Password Plus1979TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The 21st Annual TV Week Logie Awards1979TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1978TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Actor / Himself / ...
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHimself
The 19th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
Donahue1977TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1976TV SeriesHimself
Three for the Money1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Andy Williams Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Bell Telephone Hour1965TV SeriesHimself - Singer
That Regis Philbin Show1964TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1964TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The DuPont Show of the Week1961TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Music for a Spring Night1960TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Bing Crosby Show1959TV SeriesHimself
The Voice of Firestone1959TV SeriesHimself
Oldsmobile Music Theatre1959TV SeriesHimself
The Bing Crosby Special1959TV MovieHimself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1958-1959TV SeriesHimself
The Patti Page Oldsmobile Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Bing Crosby Special1958TV SpecialHimself -commercials
The Big Record1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual Tony Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Max Liebman Spectaculars1956TV SeriesHimself
Columbia Musical Travelark: Wonders of Washington, D. C.1956Documentary shortSinger
Texaco Star Theatre1955TV SeriesHimself
Max Liebman Presents: Variety1955TV MovieHimself - Guest
Your Show of Shows1950-1953TV SeriesHimself - Vocalist / Himself - Guest Performer
The Ed Sullivan Show1953TV SeriesHimself
This Is Show Business1951TV SeriesHimself
The Star-Spangled Revue1950TV MovieHimself
Fireball Fun-For-All1949TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

1977SoapySoapy AwardsOutstanding ActorDays of Our Lives (1965)

Nominated Awards

1976Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesDays of Our Lives (1965)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama SeriesDays of Our Lives (1965)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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