Days of Our Lives Star Bill Hayes Celebrates Major Milestone Birthday
Days of Our Lives star Bill Hayes celebrated a major birthday this past weekend as he turned 97 years old, a year after he became the oldest lead to ever have a major storyline on a soap.
Devil Doug Showed Bill Hayes Still Has It
Bill Hayes was born on June 5, 1925 and had a successful music career before he joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in 1970 as Doug Williams. That’s where he met his future wife, Susan Seaforth, who later became Susan Seaforth Hayes and who still plays his on-screen wife, Julie Williams. Both Bill and Susan also made soap opera history when they were the first daytime stars to appear on the cover of TIME Magazine. Like Hayes, Doug was introduced to the show as a singer and the actor got to show off his musical talents for years.
In 2021, Doug became a major part of the soap’s second-ever possession story when Doug was the first character possessed by the devil. He was the one who Marlena Evans was trying to save when she allowed to devil to jump into her body. Hayes had fans fooled for a while as they wondered if Doug might be suffering from dementia and never guessed her had been possessed.
Twitter Celebrates Bill Hayes’ Birthday
The tributes came out strong for Hayes when he celebrated his 97th birthday on June 5, 2022. Twitter remembered the actor, from fans to co-stars, and even the man who decided that Doug should be possessed.
“I’m pretty sure he did not make a deal with the devil but Bill Hayes makes 97 look like the new 27! Happy Birthday @DaysHayes! #days,” wrote the show’s head writer, Ron Carlivati.
“Happy 97th Birthday to Bill Hayes. We are so incredibly lucky to have this legend and amazing man on the show” the account Salem Couples tweeted.
The account called Kristian Alfonso fans tweeted a photo of the pair with these words, “WishingBill Hayes a Happy 97th Birthday! Love this pic of him with @kristianalfonso earlier this year. Picture credit to @DaysHayes IG 🙂 #happybirthday #BillHayes #daysofourlives #dool #DougWilliam #HopeWilliamsBrady #tvdadanddaughter.”
Even at the ripe old age of 97, Hayes is still a beloved member of the DAYS cast and as even seen in the DOOL mini-series Peacock spin-off Days of Our Lives Beyond Salem last year. Stay tuned to Days of Our Lives weekdays to see when Hayes will appear again.