Days of our Lives News January 13, 2024


The Legendary Days Star Bill Hayes Has Died At age 98.

It was reported that the Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement award winner was a performer and his fans loved him for it.

Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement award winner, the Star of Days of our Lives, the man who sang and danced and stage actor Bill Hayes passed away on January 12, 2024, at the age of 98.

Days of our Lives News January 12, 2024
Bill Hayes.

Bill Hayes: A Song and Dance Man

“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of our dear Bill Hayes,” the spokesperson for DAYS spokesperson stated in an announcement.

“One one of the most popular characters from Days of our Lives, Bill played the character as Doug Williams in 1970 and continued to portray him throughout his entire life. His wife, Susan Seaforth Hayes, continued to be the core of the Williams-Horton family for over 50 years.

Director of Production Ken Corday shares, “I have been with Bill for the majority of my life, and he was the soul and spirit that was Days of our Lives. While we grieve and mourning his loss the imprint of his life will be etched in our hearts as well as the stories, we share both on and off the television screen.”

The birth of William Foster Hayes III on June 5, 1925, at Harvey, Illinois. He was the son of a book seller who was a singer in the community theater in the area. Hayes had the same talent as his father. After his service as an airman in World War II, he went to DePauw University where he met and got married to his partner of over 22 years Mary Hobbs. He later earned a master’s from Northwestern and an Ph.D. for education from West Virginia University. However, singing and performing took his heart.

A tour with Carousel in 1947 ignited his enthusiasm for theater and singing. Hayes continued to sing in nightclubs barbershop quartets, singing telegrams along with choir directing along with jazz and funk vocals. in 1949, Hayes was offered his debut appearance on TV as a singing stooge in Funzapoppin and was then offered the role of a regular for Your Show of Shows, which featured Sid Caesar and Imogene Coco.

The strong tenor performed in vaudeville and the theater and even landed a film part on the film Stop, You’re Killing Me in 1952. In the 1950s, Hayes expanded his entertainment career through clubs, touring theaters and television shows, and later, he added recording artists as a part of his show. The year 1955 was the time he debuted the single the ballad of Davy Crockett the single reached the top of charts at #2. Billboard charts at number 2 with more than 3 million sales.

Doug And Julie Williams: DAYS Supercouple and Beyond

The 60s were when his work fell off as did his relationship with Mary ended. Hayes was keen to take on a new challenge. He was offered the role of his life as a conman and louse Doug Williams (born Brent Douglas) on Days of our Lives and discovered the lover of his life with his co-star Susan Seaforth. Hayes was hesitant before committing to the show that is a hit. “All I’d seen about soap operas was dismissive that the writing was poor, and the plotting was poor and so on,” he said. “But the moment I stepped into the theater the actors were astonishingly excellent, and the writing was superb. Everything was fantastic.”

While he was only 18 years older the sparks were ablaze in and out of the screen with Susan who was his love lover In Salem, Julie Olson. Doug as well as Julie have not just two love songs relating to their love story – the look of Love and The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. The couple was regarded as the first supercouple to appear on the 70s in the daytime and even making the front cover of Time Magazine, Doug and Julie were married on screen in the month of October in 1976. Bill as well as Susan had already got married in 1974. The couple remained together by working, traveling, and being together since.

Bill and Susan were the most talked about exile of DAYS during 1984. Doug was back in Salem without Julie in the year 1986. He was on the show once more in the beginning of 1993 to assist Susan in her departure of the program. Doug along with Julie were always close to Salem. The Hayeses were back on screen prior to 1993’s end. They were back for funerals, holidays weddings, near-weddings, and funerals throughout the decades. They were to the scene on a regular basis in The Princess Gina (Kristian Alfonso) storyline.

Doug was killed in 2004, after he courageously battled for his life The Salem Serial Killer which turned out to be Marlena (Deidre Hall) as people believed. It was an DiMera fake. The Hayeses were still appearing sporadic during the series, however over the past few years, they’ve performed more frequently on the show. It was apparent that Doug was struggling with mental issues a couple of years ago, but the truth was that Doug was being possessed by devil who’d returned to Salem in order to steal Marlena’s soul.

Other contributions Hayes contributed to during his long success career include films such The Yeoman of the Guard, Little Women, Kiss Me Kate, Once Upon a Mattress, 9 Dead Gay Guys, Miracle at Gate 213, and Never Can Say Goodbye: When Love and Love Survive Death.

Television credit comprise Decoy, The United States Steel Hour, True Story, The Interns, Cade’s County, Matlock, Cop Rock and Frasier. Bill Hayes received two consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series beginning in 1975. He as well as Susan received Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2018 ceremony.

In 2017 the Hayeses along with their son, David Samuel, attended an episode for The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Jimmy Fallon requested Bill Hayes up on stage alongside him to conduct an unplanned interview.

Bill as well as Susan Seaforth Hayes authored two books -two books – Like Sands Through the Hourglass an autobiography, in 2006, and Trumpet Novel in 2012.

Hayes remains with his beloved wife Susan Seaforth Hayes, his five children, grandchildren and great-grandchildrenSoapsSpoiler.Com sends its deepest condolences for them, as well as his loved family members and co-stars, friends, and his fans at this sad period of time.


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