Bill Hayes Movies and Career Information

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Jun 05, 1925

William "Bill" Foster Hayes III, born on June 5, 1925 in Harvey, Illinois) is a long-time American actor and Billboard #1 recording artist. In addition to a long and successful music career, he is best known for playing Doug Williams on NBC's long-running Days of Our Lives. Hayes originated the character of Doug in 1970 and is the only actor to ever play the role. At this time, he is still appearing on Days Of Our Lives as Doug Williams. Mr. Hayes was a singer on the Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca variety show Your Show of Shows in the early 1950s. During the Davy Crockett craze in 1955, three recorded versions of the Ballad of Davy Crockett were in the top 30. Hayes' version was the most popular, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five weeks. He also starred on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Me and Juliet (1953). He had other small hits in the 1950s including "The Berry Tree" and covers of "High Noon" and "Wringle, Wrangle". "Wringle Wrangle" was his only other Hot 100 hit, reaching #33 in 1957. His singing career also found its way to his storyline on Days of our Lives; in the story, Doug was introduced as a convict who was also a lounge singer. The character of Doug

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