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William Darrell Mays Jr. was born on the 20th July 1958, in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania USA and died on the 28th June 2009. He was a television personality, working as pitchmen on the Home Shopping Network, promoting products such as OxiClean, Orange Glo and Orange Clean among other home cleaning products. His career on television was active from 1993 until 2009.
Have you ever wondered how rich Billy Mays was? According to sources it was estimated that Billy Mays net worth was $10 million, an amount acquired through his career on television, and other than his solo work, he teamed up with Anthony Sullivan in the TV show “PitchMen” shortly before his death, which also added to his net worth.
Billy Mays Net Worth $10 Million
Billy grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as since his family moved while he was still a child. He attended Sto-Rox High School, and then enrolled at West Virginia University, however he dropped out of studies after two years. He soon found a job in his father`s waste company before his decision to move to the Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he began work as a salesman of Washmatik portable devices and other products advertised on television, at the Atlantic City boardwalk. This period was the start of building his net worth.
After his initial success as a salesman, he then traveled across the country visiting numerous auto shows and state fairs, selling various maintenance tools and other products for a 12-year span, His net worth grew steadily until in 1993, when Billy`s wealth began to increase significantly, as he teamed up with Max Appel, founder of OrangeGlo International, and soon he was hired as a promoter of the company`s products, such as OrangeGlo, OrangeClean and OxiClean
Because of his skills, in the next few years he earned time on the Home Shopping Network, and received numerous positive customer reviews, which enabled him to expand his career, and establish his own company, Mays Promotions Inc. After that, Billy`s name became well-known in the industry and his services were sought by numerous brands, as he worked on infomercials for Mighty Putty, Zorbeez, Turbo Tiger and Kaboom among others, all of which added significant amounts to his net worth.
In adding to his net worth, Billy worked as the ESPN advertiser, promoting its online services such as ESPN360. Furthermore to his career on the ESPN, he made a live appearance during the 2008 Champs Sports Game, announcing the ESPN`s and ABC`s bowl games scheduled for the 1st January 2009.
Before his death, Billy was featured in his own show “PitchMen”, alongside his colleague Anthony Sullivan, airing on the Discovery Channel. Following his death, Discovery Channel aired a tribute episode to Billy entitled “PitchMen: A Tribute To Billy Mays”.
Billy died on 28th June 2009 apparently because of the consequences of suffering from heart disease, however, the autopsy showed the presence of painkiller drugs which also contributed to his demise.
Billy left his wife Debora Mays(2002-09) and his daughter, Elizabeth; furthermore, Billy had a son, Billy Mays III, from his previous marriage with Delores Mays.
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|Birth date:||July 20, 1958, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Birth place:||McKees Rocks|
|Death date:||June 28, 2009, Tampa, Florida, United States|
|Education:||Sto-Rox High School, West Virginia University|
|Nationality:||United States of America|
|Spouse:||Deborah Mays (m. 2002–2009), Dolores Mays (m. ?–1990)|
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|1||Co-host, with Anthony Sullivan, of an infomercial for the Omni "Dual Saw".|
|2||Appeared in a commercial for the "Jupiter Jack" hands-free phone system.|
|3||Appeared in a commercial for the Simoniz "Fix-It Pro!".|
|4||Best friend and partner of fellow pitchman, Anthony Sullivan.|
|5||Father of Elizabeth Mays.|
|6||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.|
|7||Was a Republican.|
|8||Was the CEO and founder of Mays Promotions, Inc., based at his home in Odessa, Florida.|
|9||Brother of Randy Mays.|
|10||Father, with Dolores May, of Billy Mays III (born in 1985), and, with Deborah Mays, of Elizabeth Mays (born in 2006).|
|11||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.|
|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.|
|1||When I'm up against a wall, that's when Billy Mays performs best.|
|2||The infomercial business has been good to me.|
|3||The best things in life are free - and $19.95.|
|4||Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air.|
|5||My voice, my likeness is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products.|
|6||Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing.|
|7||It's important for me to sell a product that works.|
|8||It's a funny business. I kind of compare it to baseball. I'm always looking for a home run.|
|9||I've done well for myself.|
|10||I'm a pitchman, my business comes from the pitch, nothing else.|
|11||I enjoy what I do. I think it shows.|
|12||I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.|
|13||Before you throw it away, let Mighty Mendit save the day.|
|14||Long live your laundry!|
|15||Life's a pitch, then you buy.|
|16||You know what, rip me off once, shame on me. But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.|
|17||Broken! Busted! Everybody has something to repair. Before buying new, let Mighty Putty fix it for you.|
|18||Is it demonstratable? Does it have that wow factor? Is it easy to use? Is it priced right?|
|19||Hi, Billy Mays here for...|
|20||I love beautiful wood.|
|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.|
|2||Exuberant sales pitches|
|3||Button-down blue shirt|