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William Foster Hayes
Salem Presence
1970 to 1984; 1986 to 1987; 1993; 1996; 1999 to Present [recurring]
Byron Carmichael
1979
At A Glance
Bill Hayes has portrayed Doug Williams on NBCs Emmy-award-winning Days of our Lives since the 1970s (1850 episodes, and still counting!) for which he garnered two Emmy nominations, and several Best Actor Awards from national publications.

Bill Hayes began his career at NBC on radio as host of NBC-Radio Monitor for a year. He was a national spokesman for Oldsmobile for four years and burst onto the early national television scene in Olsen & Johnsons madcap series Fire-Ball Run-For-All. From there he was tapped by producer Max Liebman to be a featured singer on Your Show of Shows starring Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. In the 90s, Bill starred on TVs Matlock, Hooperman, and Cop Rock. His major films credits include the Warner Brothers farce/musical Stop! You're Killing Me and Otto Preminger's The Cardinal, and in the award-winning film Wrestling with God. In addition to these highlights, his career was interspersed with variety performances with Kate Smith, Ed Sullivan, Perry Como, Milton Berle, Ernie Kovacs, Jo Stafford, Jack Paar, Bing Crosby, and the Bell Telephone Hour.

Bill made his Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Me and Juliet, followed with a gold record for The Ballad of Davy Crockett (over 3,000,000 sold!) and he took Bye Bye Birdie on its one-year national tour. He also toured with Student Prince, Anything Goes, Camelot, On a Clear Day, and Pajama Game in addition to the New York City Center revival of Brigadoon. Hayes' list totals over 87 musicals and 28 plays, at theaters in nearly all 50 states!

He is married to Susan Seaforth-Hayes, whom he met and fell in love with on the set of Days of our Lives.
Acting Portfolio
TELEVISION ROLES
Frasier (TV series)
Neil 'Sully' Sullivan
2002

Matlock
George Dutton
1988

Hooperman
1988

Cade's County
Jack Forbes
1972

Days of our Lives
Doug Williams
1970 to 1984; 1986 to 1987; 1993; 1996; 1999 to Present [recurring]

The Wednesday Play
Man in rehearsal room
1967

Once Upon a Mattress
Minstrel
1964

True Story
Larry Foster
1961

Kiss, Me Kate
Bill Calhoun/"Lucentio"
1958

Little Women
1958

The United States Steel Hour
Spike Hunter
1958

The Yeomen of the Guard
Col. Fairfax
1957

Your Show of Shows
1950-1953

Armstrong Circle Theatre
1952
Acting Portfolio
FILM
Childstar
Hockey Announcer
2004

9 Dead Gay Guys
Dirty Old Irish Tramp
2002

China: The Panda Adventure
Narrator
2001

8 Seconds
Additional Assistant Camera
1994

Wrestling with God
Thomas Campbell
1990

George!
Dog Trainer
1972

The Cardinal
Frank Fermoyle
1963

Stop, You're Killing Me
Chancellor 'Chance' Whitelaw
1952
Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmy Awards Nominee, Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series (1975, 1976)
Vital Statistics
DATE OF BIRTH: June 5th, 1925
PLACE OF BIRTH: Harvey, Illinois
MARITAL STATUS: Married; Susan Seaforth-Hayes [Oct 12th, 1974 to Present]
MARITAL STATUS: Divorced; Mary Hobbs [Feb 1947 to 1969]
CHILDREN: Five children with Mary Hobbs
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