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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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Dispute Over Billy Mays Autopsy Results

Dispute Over Billy Mays Autopsy Results

The medical examiner who performed the Billy Mays autopsy is under fire for allegedly screwing up the report -- and the man pointing the finger is one of the most famous forensic experts on the… READ MORE >

Billy's Wife Angry Over 'Speculative' Report

Billy's Wife Angry Over 'Speculative' Report

Billy Mays' widow is "extremely disappointed" with the Hillsborough County medical examiner's office -- accusing them of sending out a "speculative" report that's damaging her husband's image.… READ MORE >

- 1799 days ago
Autopsy: Cocaine a Factor in Billy Mays' Death

Autopsy: Cocaine a Factor in Billy Mays' Death

A mighty shocking autopsy report concludes cocaine contributed to the sudden death of pitchman Billy Mays back in June.The report, which was released today, lists "cocaine use" as a contributing… READ MORE >

- 1799 days ago
The Search for the Next Billy Mays

The Search for the Next Billy Mays

It'll be hard to find anyone to fill that blue shirt quite like Billy Mays -- but the marketing company behind Mighty Brand products is prepping a nationwide search for a new pitchman to take his… READ MORE >

- 1800 days ago
Billy Mays' Final Spot

Billy Mays' Final Spot

It's Billy Mays last commercial -- an ad for Mighty Tape ... so strong it works underwater.This is the final cut of the spot which was shot two weeks before he died. It will begin airing in… READ MORE >

- 1823 days ago
Billy Mays Makes Cannon Go Kaboom

Billy Mays Makes Cannon Go Kaboom

Leave it to Billy Mays to entertain the crew of his final commercial by firing cannons off the bow of the HMS Bounty.We've obtained outtakes from the commercial, which show Mays practicing his… READ MORE >

- 1824 days ago
Unseen Billy Mays Ad -- Pitchman Hits High Seas

Unseen Billy Mays Ad -- Pitchman Hits High Seas

Billy Mays put the finishing touches on a commercial two weeks before he died -- which featured him being hoisted on a moving, 500 ton boat to show the strength of the putty he was peddling.TV… READ MORE >

- 1826 days ago
Billy Mays -- Sticking Around

Billy Mays -- Sticking Around

Turns out America's favorite pitchman, the late Billy Mays, will live on after his death -- and it's all thanks to a commercial he filmed that has yet to hit the airwaves. The product: Mighty… READ MORE >

- 1828 days ago
Billy Mays Funeral -- Death of a Salesman

Billy Mays Funeral -- Death of a Salesman

In pure Billy Mays fashion, all of Billy's pallbearers wore OxiClean button up shirts during his funeral in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania today.Mays died on Sunday morning in his sleep -- an autopsy… READ MORE >

- 1834 days ago
Autopsy Shows Billy Mays Had No Head Trauma

Autopsy Shows Billy Mays Had No Head Trauma

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner just announced the results of Billy Mays' autopsy -- and said there was no connection between Billy's death and Saturday's rough aircraft landing.Billy had… READ MORE >

- 1838 days ago

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