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.