Friday, April 12, 2024

Bryan Cranston Among Stars Remembering “Days of Our Lives” Star, Bill Hayes, 98 Years Old


I’m a little behind here but “Days of Our Lives” star Bill Hayes has died at age 98. He joined the show in 1970 and has played Doug Williams ever since then, even with some breaks. Hayes fell in love with his leading lady, Susan Seaforth, and they married in 1974. They were so popular they were featured on the cover of Time Magazine. In recent years they were heavily featured on the show. Bill Hayes’s last appearance was just last month.

As actors have come and gone on the nearly 60 year old soap, the Hayeses became its heart and soul. The character of Doug Williams arrived as a conman but became a cafe owner and song and dance man. Hayes was the first actor ever to sing on a soap, and it was a regular thing. (He used to perform on the show with the late Robert Clary, who most people remember from “Hogan’s Heroes.”)

There are a lot of tributes to Bill Hayes all over social media. But the one below was writte by Bryan Cranston and posted to Deadline’s comments page.

I’ll also say I have a soft spot for the Hayeses. They were on TC seemingly every afternoon I was in junior high and high school. Their longevity is to be applauded. Condolences to their families.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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