Daytime reacts to the death of "incredibly talented" AMC, GH, Y&R alum Billy J. Miller

Posted Sunday, September 17, 2023 3:34:01 PM
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Members of the daytime community are remembering three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy J. Miller. The actor passed away on September 15 at the age of 43.

Three-time Daytime Emmy winner Billy J. Miller passed away at the age of 43 on September 15, 2023. The actor appeared on three daytime drama series: All My Children, General Hospital, and The Young and the Restless. During his time in daytime, the actor earned legions of fans, but also the love and admiration of co-stars. Soap Central has collected tributes and remembrances from some of those stars and posted them below.

You can learn more about the life of Billy Miller here.

Patricia Miller, Billy's mother, released a statement on her son's death. Patricia Miller thanked fans for their "overwhelming amount of love, prayers and condolences" in the wake of Billy Miller's passing. You can read her entire statement here.

On its official Twitter account, now know as X, The Young and the Restless said Miller was "a talented man with a heart of gold and always lit up the scene with amazing performances.

Frank Valentini (Executive Producer, GH): "I am devastated to hear news of the incredibly talented Billy Miller's passing. On behalf of the entire (General Hospital) family, our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Brad Bell (Executive Producer and Head Writer, B&B): "Billy Miller was a great man and a gifted actor. Billy left an indelible mark on The Young and the Restless with his brilliant portrayal of Billy Abbott. He will be sorely missed."

Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott, Y&R): "I'm so sad to hear of Billy Miller's passing. His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I'm gonna miss that mischievous smile. Love you Billy."

Jason Thompson (Billy Abbott, Y&R; ex-Patrick Drake, GH): "I'm so sorry and saddened to hear about my friend, Billy Miller. Heartbreaking. He was funny, had a great laugh and very talented. Light and love to his family and friends."

Finola Hughes (Anna Devane, GH & AMC): "Billy -- far too soon -- peace be with you."

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Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson, Y&R; Annie Chandler, AMC): "You were so good. We were all always just trying to keep up with you, your talent and your greatness. Always the most generous, with the best laugh and best smile... My beautiful friend. There are no words. I love you. I'm so sad. And I'm so sorry."

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Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, Y&R): "We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! 'BILLY BOY' was not only a damn good actor but a nice man! May he rest in peace and meet up with KRISTOFF in the BEYOND, 'the undiscovered country from whose bourn no Traveller returns' and tell each other jokes!

Jess Walton (Jill Abbott, Y&R): "RIP to my precious Billy Miller. You were and ARE much loved by all of us who knew you."

Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis, GH): "So very sorry to hear this very sad and unexpected news. I would like very much for my beloved General Hospital to have no more of it. #RIPBillyMiller."

Stephen Nichols (Steve "Patch" Johnson, DAYS; ex-Tucker McCall, Y&R): "Sure gonna miss you, man."

Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore, Y&R; Candace, Justified): "Billy Miller you lit up every room you walked into with your light & your charm & gave the best hugs ever! I'll always remember the laughs & the great times we had together! Hope you've found peace my dear friend! I'll love you forever!!"

In a series of Instagram stories, Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe Mitchell, Y&R; Maggie Stone, AMC) shared, "We were co-stars, we were friends. We were more than friends. We were complicated at times. What never changed was my love for you, Billy. I'll always love you, Billy."

Hendrickson went on to recall Miller's 2010 Daytime Emmy win when the actor rented out a penthouse in Las Vegas to celebrate the occasion. "I was so proud of you that night. It was so well deserved."

"I'll also remember the quiet moments. The soft and beautiful side of you. The person who always had my back even after everything we went through -- If I ever needed anything I know I could have just called or sent a text. I'm really going to miss you BJ. I hope that you're throwing heaven the most epic party and lighting it up like you did on this earth."

Greg Rikaart (Kevin Fisher, Y&R): "Generous, passionate, fun, soulful and brilliant Billy. Can you just imagine the reunion between him and Jeanne [Cooper, Katherine Chancellor, Y&R]? I can. Rest well."

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Jon Lindstrom (Kevin Collins/Ryan Chamberlain, GH): "Billy was gifted. He was also good-natured, smart, funny, and always impressed me as a great friend to those close to him. He didn't blink when I asked him to put on his shirt to help raise up the marginalized artists in our industry. He always seemed to have his heart in the right place and I always laughed when I was around him."

Kathleen Gati (Liesl Obrecht, GH): "I am beyond sad to hear this tragic news. #BillyMiller was always so kind, professional and a wonderfully talented colleague." In a subsequent post she added, "#BillyMiller was always kind, gracious, professional, courteous, friendly, generous. Adored by his fans and colleagues. As I recall, he installed and paid for a fully equipped gym in a space at the studio so everyone could use it. I can't say enough nice things about him."

Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer, B&B; ex-Dillon Quartermaine, GH): "This is not fair. We deserved so much more of him. Rest in peace, Billy. You're immortal now."

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Kin Shriner (Scott Baldwin, GH): "Very sad to hear about Billy Miller I so enjoyed his time on @General Hospital He was a really good guy and funny and kind to all !RIP Billy"

William deVry (Julian Jerome, GH): "I'm so very sorry to hear of the passing of [Billy Miller]. RIP Billy. You had so much to offer. Condolences to his family, friends and the fans who loved him."

Nathan Varni (ABC Exec, formerly in charge of overseeing GH): "What a loss, RIP, Billy Miller. During his run on #GH, I always admired how passionate and engaged he was with the amount of work & care he put into his performances. He never gave up and pushed for greatness from the cast & writers. A true talent who made a huge impact."

Sean Kanan (Deacon Sharp, The Bold and the Beautiful): "Shocked and saddened to hear that Billy Miller is no longer with us. He was a terrific actor and always kind when we would see each other. I pray that his family and friends find comfort and peace during this unimaginably difficult time."

Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, Y&R): "The world is going to be just that little bit more dull without you in it--you had that "it" factor that lit up every room you were in. Rest in Peace Mate."

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, who worked with Miller on the primetime series Ringer, shared in an Instagram story, "It was an honor to work with you but more of an honor to know you."

Risa Dorken (Amy Driscoll, GH): "Heartbroken about #Billymiller. My heart goes out to him, and everyone who loves him - he is loved by so many."

Coby Ryan McLaughlin (ex-Shiloh, GH): “Man, this sucks. Billy and I played on GH together for nearly a year," the actor shared on Instagram. "He was intense, focused, cool, and kind. He knew the hamster wheel that I was about to start spinning on all too well, and always made himself available to help the new guy. Rest easy, man.”

Nicolas Bechtel (ex-Spencer Cassadine, GH): “Your humor was incomparable, and your talent was undeniable. RIP.”

T.K. Weaver (ex-Danny Morgan, GH): "Devastated. Hart to find words. You always gave me such good advice. You were always there for me. You were an amazing person #Billy Miller. I'll never forget you."

Ella Rose Ramacieri's (ex-Scout Cain, GH) official account: "Even though it was brief us knowing and Ella working with #BillyMillyer our hearts go out to all of his family and friends and fans."

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