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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 20 July 1958McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, USA
Date of Death 28 June 2009Tampa, Florida, USA  (heart disease)
Birth NameWilliam Darrell Mays Jr.
Nickname Pitchfork
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Billy Mays was born on July 20, 1958 in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, USA as William Darrell Mays Jr. He was a producer, known for As Seen on TV (2009), The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) and Pitchmen (2009). He was married to Deborah Mays and Dolores DiDesiderio. He died on June 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida, USA.

Spouse (2)

Deborah Mays (2002 - 28 June 2009) (his death) (1 child)
Dolores DiDesiderio (? - 1990) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Button-down blue shirt
Exuberant sales pitches
Distinctive beard

Trivia (12)

After meeting Orange Glo International founder Max Appel at a home show in Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s, Mays was recruited to demonstrate the environmentally friendly line of cleaning products on the St. Petersburg-based Home Shopping Network.
Developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other "as seen on TV" gadgets on Atlantic City's boardwalk. For years, he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuit, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.
Father, with Dolores May, of Billy Mays III (born in 1985), and, with Deborah Mays, of Elizabeth Mays (born in 2006).
Brother of Randy Mays.
Was the CEO and founder of Mays Promotions, Inc., based at his home in Odessa, Florida.
Was a Republican.
Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, attended Sto-Rox High School, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later dropped out of West Virginia University and worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City in 1983.
Father of Elizabeth Mays.
Best friend and partner of fellow pitchman, Anthony Sullivan.
Appeared in a commercial for the Simoniz "Fix-It Pro!". [2009]
Appeared in a commercial for the "Jupiter Jack" hands-free phone system. [2009]
Co-host, with Anthony Sullivan, of an infomercial for the Omni "Dual Saw". [2009]

Personal Quotes (21)

One of the things that we hope to do with Pitchmen (2009) is to give people an appreciation of what we do. I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.
I love beautiful wood.
Hi, Billy Mays here for...
Is it demonstratable? Does it have that wow factor? Is it easy to use? Is it priced right?
Broken! Busted! Everybody has something to repair. Before buying new, let Mighty Putty fix it for you.
You know what, rip me off once, shame on me. But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.
Life's a pitch, then you buy.
Long live your laundry!
Before you throw it away, let Mighty Mendit save the day.
I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.
I enjoy what I do. I think it shows.
I'm a pitchman, my business comes from the pitch, nothing else.
I've done well for myself.
It's a funny business. I kind of compare it to baseball. I'm always looking for a home run.
It's important for me to sell a product that works.
Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing.
My voice, my likeness is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products.
Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air.
The best things in life are free - and $19.95.
The infomercial business has been good to me.
When I'm up against a wall, that's when Billy Mays performs best.

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