Billy Mays

American salesperson

William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009)[2] was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most well known for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products.

Billy Mays
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Mays at the Flatiron District in New York City on June 13, 2009
William Darrell Mays Jr.

(1958-07-20)July 20, 1958
DiedJune 28, 2009(2009-06-28) (aged 50)
Cause of deathHeart disease
Resting placeMount Calvary Cemetery
Other namesKing of the Pitch
OccupationTelevision direct-response advertisement salesman
Years active1993–2009
EmployerHome Shopping Network
Notable work
See products pitched
Board member ofMays Promotions, Inc.
Spouse(s)Dolores Mays (divorced)[1]
Deborah Mays[1]

His distinctive beard and loud sales pitches made him a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada.

He starred in his own TV show called Pitchmen with his friend and co-worker Anthony Sullivan. The show was on for one season before his sudden death.


Mays died on June 28, 2009 from complications of heart disease.[3] He was 50.[2] he w


  1. 1.0 1.1 "TV pitchman Billy Mays found dead in Tampa home". Tampa Bay Online. June 28, 2009. Archived from the original on June 30, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Report: 'Infomercial King' Billy Mays Found Dead in Home". June 28, 2009. Retrieved June 28, 2009.
  3. "Autopsy: Cocaine contributed to Billy Mays' death". usa August 7, 2009. Retrieved April 18, 2011.

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