Walt Willey, whose credits include performances in off-Broadway and regional theater as well as in television, majored in sculpture -- working in concrete and cast aluminum -- at Southern Illinois University. He is also accomplished at drawing and painting. Walt began to concentrate on acting in university plays during his senior year, and after touring with an improvisational comedy group, he decided to pursue an acting career in New York.
His first professional acting assignment in New York was as an extra on All My Children. He went on to play Joe Novak on Ryan's Hope, and appeared in off-Broadway productions. His stage credits include a wide variety of plays, ranging from Frankenstein and Barefoot in the Park to Five Finger Exercise, and Cyrano de Bergerac. He is also certified in stage combat.
When not appearing on All My Children, Walt performs as a stand-up comic and pursues his interest in art, doing cartoons and his own line of tee-shirts. He is currently writing a children's book.
In 1993, Walt co-hosted, with Susan Lucci, the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards presentation.
Walt appeared as himself in comic-book form in The Second Life of Dr. Mirage, from Valiant Comics.
For relaxation, the actor enjoys scuba diving and chess. More recently he has taken up the hobby of stand-up comedy and has toured around the country performing his stand-up in comedy clubs.