– Bill Hayes, the US actor known for his role in Days of Our Lives for over five decades, has died at the age of 98.

– He portrayed the character of Doug Williams since 1970 and met his wife, actress Susan Seaforth Hayes, on the set of the series.

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– Hayes celebrated his 98th birthday on the show's set last June.

– He died surrounded by family on a Friday, and the cause of death has not been disclosed.

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Hayes in 1976

– Born in 1925 in Harvey, Illinois, Hayes initially pursued a career in music and achieved success with The Ballad of Davy Crockett.

– Transitioning to acting, he gained recognition for his  role as a lounge singer and convict on NBC's Days of Our Lives from 1970  to 2023.

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– Hayes and Seaforth Hayes, who played on-screen couple Doug and Julie Williams, became a real-life couple, marrying in 1974.

– Their characters' wedding in the show was also replicated in real life on television.

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– The couple's romance gained widespread popularity, even landing them on the cover of Time in 1976.

– In 2018, both actors received the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Awards.

– Bill Hayes had five children from a previous marriage to Mary Hobbs.

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