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In Memoriam: ‘Days of Our Lives’ Mourns the Loss of Veteran Star, Bill Hayes, at 98

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By manpreet maan

End of an Era: Bill Hayes, Iconic Star of “Days of Our Lives,” Passes Away at 98

In a somber moment for fans of the long-running NBC soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” veteran actor Bill Hayes, renowned for his portrayal of Doug Williams, has sadly departed at the age of 98. Hayes graced the daytime serial with his presence since 1970, leaving an indelible mark on the show’s rich history.

A Love Story On and Off Screen: Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth-Hayes

Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth-Hayes

Bill Hayes not only brought the character of Doug Williams to life but also found real-life love on the set of “Days of Our Lives.” His on-screen romance with actress Susan Seaforth blossomed into a lifelong partnership. The couple, who wed in 1974, mirrored their characters by exchanging vows on the show in 1976. Their enduring love story became a captivating aspect of the soap opera’s narrative.

An Enduring Legacy: Executive Producer Ken Corday Pays Tribute

Executive producer Ken Corday, reflecting on Bill Hayes’ profound impact, expressed heartfelt condolences. Corday acknowledged Hayes as the embodiment of the heart and soul of “Days of Our Lives.” Despite the grief over Hayes’ passing, Corday emphasized that the actor’s legacy would persist in the hearts of fans and the stories told both on and off the screen.

Doug Williams: A Cornerstone Character of “Days of Our Lives”

Bill Hayes’ portrayal of Doug Williams stood as one of the longest-running and beloved characters in the soap opera’s history. As a pillar of “Days of Our Lives,” Doug faced a myriad of challenges alongside his on-screen wife. From deranged ex-wives to exploding ovens and serial killers, Doug’s character added layers of drama and intrigue to the enduring success of the show.

Recognition and Honors: Daytime Emmy Nominations and Lifetime Achievements

Hayes’ contributions to “Days of Our Lives” did not go unnoticed, earning him two Daytime Emmy nominations in 1975 and 1976. In 2018, both Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth-Hayes were honored with lifetime achievement awards at the Daytime Emmy Awards, a testament to their enduring impact on the soap opera genre. The couple’s real-life and on-screen journey remains etched in the annals of television history.

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