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Bill Hayes Dead or Alive: Is Bill Hayes Still Alive?



Bill Hayes

(June 5, 1925 – January 12, 2024), born William Foster Hayes III, was an American actor and recording artist. He gained fame in 1955 with his song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett,” which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Born in Harvey, Illinois, Hayes attended Whittier Grade School and Thornton Township High. He served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps and completed his Bachelor of Arts at DePauw University, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

After a successful career as a musician, Hayes began to focus on dramatic acting parts in the late 1960s, leading him to be cast in a role that gained him additional fame for a younger generation. This new chapter began in 1970 when he originated the character of Doug Williams on NBC's Days of Our Lives, which he continued to play until 2023.

He appeared on the variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. He also starred in the black comedy Stop, You're Killing Me and was a key figure in the Davy Crockett craze in 1955. Bill Hayes' version of “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” was the most popular, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks and selling over two million copies. He also starred in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet on Broadway. Hayes also had other small hits in the 1950s, including “The Berry Tree” and covers of “High Noon” and “Wringle, Wrangle.”

On Days of Our Lives, Hayes played a convict and lounge singer, Doug, who returned in 1986, 1987, 1993, and 1996. He was killed off in 2004 by Dr. Marlena Evans but later resurfaced alive on a tropical island. In 2017, a documentary about Hayes's life was released online.

Throughout his affairs, Hayes wed Mary Hobbs, with whom he had five children, from 1947 to 1969. Subsequently, he wed Susan Seaforth Hayes, his 1974 co-star on Days of Our Lives, with whom he shared a Time cover in 1976. Their joint autobiography, Like Sands Through the Hourglass, was released in 2005. In addition, the pair hosted the yearly telethon in Abilene, Texas, in favor of the West Texas Rehab Center.

Bill Hayes Dead or Alive: Is Bill Hayes Still Alive?

Reportedly, Bill Hayes, a longtime star of “Days of Our Lives,” is dead at 98. On January 12, 2024, his death was officially declared, however, the reason for his passing was not stated. It's possible that Bill passed away naturally.



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