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Bill Hayes

William "Bill" Foster Hayes III (born June 5, 1925) is an American actor and a Billboard Hot 100 #1 recording artist. Following a successful career as a musician which began in the late 1940s, he began to focus on dramatic acting parts in the late 1960s, which led him to be cast in a role that gained him additional fame to a younger generation. This new chapter in his career began in 1970 when he originated the character of Doug Williams on NBC's Days of Our Lives, which he continues to play regularly to date on the serial. 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: It was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks, sold over two million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. 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"; the latter was his only other Hot 100 hit, reaching #33 in 1957. On Days of Our Lives, Hayes was introduced as a convict who was also a lounge singer.[citation needed] 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. In an elaborate plot hatched by head writer James E. Reilly, Doug turned up alive on a tropical island and went home to his wife.[citation needed] In 2017, World by the Tail, a documentary about Bill Hayes's life, was released and made available for his fans to watch online.[3] On June 27, 2017, while present in the show's audience, Hayes was featured in an impromptu interview on a web special for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; in his heyday, he had been a guest on the Johnny Carson-hosted version of the show.

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Jun 5, 1925 In Harvey, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Your Show of Shows 1950-02-25
Latest Project:
Movie Never Can Say Good-bye 2018-07-10
Known For
Poster of Matlock
Poster of Days of Our Lives
Poster of Caesar Presents
Poster of Your Show of Shows
Movie Never Can Say Good-bye Daniel 2018-07-10
Movie Big Men Unknown 2014-03-14
Movie Miracle at Gate 213 Louis Darling 2013-12-10
Movie 9 Dead Gay Guys Dirty Ole' Irish Tramp 2003-09-19
Movie China: The Panda Adventure Narrator 2001-06-09
Series Frasier Neil 'Sully' Sullivan 1993-09-16
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Movie In Two Minds Man at Rehearsal Room 1967-03-01
Series Days of Our Lives Doug Williams 1965-11-08
Movie Once Upon a Mattress Minstrel 1964-06-03
Movie The Cardinal Frank Fermoyle 1963-12-12
Movie Wonders of Puerto Rico Unknown 1958-12-10
Movie The Yeomen of the Guard Colonel Fairfax 1957-04-10
Series Decoy Unknown 1957-10-14
Series Caesar Presents Unknown 1955-07-04
Movie Stop, You're Killing Me Chancellor Whitelaw 1952-12-10
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25