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Billy Mays

William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and other cleaning, home-based, and maintenance products on the Home Shopping Network, and through his company, Mays Promotions, Inc. He and his business partner, Anthony Sullivan, were also featured on PitchMen, a TV series that documented their work. His distinctive beard and impassioned sales pitches made him a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada. Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, attended Sto-Rox High School, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He later attended West Virginia University, where he was a walk-on linebacker on its football team during his two years there. After dropping out, he worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1983. On the Atlantic City boardwalk Mays sold the Washmatik portable washing device to passersby, along with other "As Seen on TV" products. In Atlantic City, he was taught how to sell by the older salesmen, saying "I was taught to pitch by a lot of old pitchmen.

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Billy Mays -- What a Piece ... of Art

Billy Mays -- What a Piece ... of Art

Billy Mays -- the late great pitchman -- will be selling again tonight, but this time it's images of Billy himself that will be raking in the cash.Billy's "Pitchmen" hosting successor Anthony… READ MORE >

Billy Mays III: I Want to Be Haunted By My Father

Billy Mays III: I Want to Be Haunted By My Father

Billy Mays III -- the late pitchman's son -- is hosting a Billy Mays costume contest for Halloween in honor of his dead father ... and get this, zombie Billy Mays submissions are encouraged.Little… READ MORE >

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Billy Mays -- No Coke on Day He Died

Billy Mays -- No Coke on Day He Died

We just got hold of the second Billy Mays autopsy report -- and it underscores how cocaine may have played less of a factor than first thought.According to the full report, "there is no evidence… READ MORE >

- 1812 days ago
New Billy Mays Autopsy -- Cocaine in Dispute

New Billy Mays Autopsy -- Cocaine in Dispute

Billy Mays' widow says she never bought into the medical reports showing cocaine contributed to the legendary pitchman's death -- and now she says a brand new investigation backs up her… READ MORE >

- 1812 days ago
Billy Mays Tombstone -- Big Thumbs Up

Billy Mays Tombstone -- Big Thumbs Up

Billy Mays' tombstone has finally been unveiled in Pennsylvania -- and lets just say it captures every aspect of the pitchman's life ... husband, father, son, "Pitchman." The gravestone features a… READ MORE >

- 1813 days ago
Billy Mays' Son: South Park Did My Family Proud

Billy Mays' Son: South Park Did My Family Proud

This may be the first time "South Park" and "tasteful" have ever been used in the same sentence -- but Billy Mays' son thinks the show did a "tasteful" job spoofing his departed dad on this week's… READ MORE >

- 1818 days ago
Billy Mays -- Stickin' Around

Billy Mays -- Stickin' Around

It started as a heartfelt tribute -- but suddenly stickers featuring Billy Mays' face began taking the country by storm.The craze started after Billy's son, Billy the 3rd, mentioned the stickers… READ MORE >

- 1862 days ago
'Hi, Billy Mays Possible Replacement Here...'

'Hi, Billy Mays Possible Replacement Here...'

It's over before it even began -- the company that was going to hold open auditions for Billy Mays' replacement has pulled the plug on the project, instead offering the spot to one of Billy's… READ MORE >

- 1870 days ago
TMZ Live -- Question Toss Up!

TMZ Live -- Question Toss Up!

Harvey and Mike went live today to answer your questions on everything under the sun -- from the shocking Billy Mays autopsy to Mike's marital status! Yeah, someone actually put a ring on it. READ MORE >

- 1872 days ago
Billy Mays Health Insurance Ads Pulled

Billy Mays Health Insurance Ads Pulled

Today is the last day you'll be seeing the late, great Billy Mays endorse health insurance -- the company behind one of the legendary pitchman's most recent commercials has officially pulled the… READ MORE >

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