Days of our Lives legacy characters Julie Williams and soulmate Doug Williams are beloved by fans who often wonder how old the actors Susan Seaforth Hayes and Bill Hayes are as well as their characters. And how long they’ve been on the NBC soap. Here’s a quick look back at their time on the soap and an answer to those burning questions and more.

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How Old is Julie Williams – Susan Seaforth Hayes – on Days of our Lives?

Susan Seaforth Hayes turns 78 in July 2021 and has been an actress since she was just 10 years old. Susan grew up in Hollywood, California. Her mother was both a screenwriter and an actress. In fact, Susan’s mom wrote for both Young and the Restless and NBC’s Days of our Lives.

In 1964, Susan landed her first soap role on The Young Marrieds. Her career has been one TV series after another. In 1968, she got the role of Julie Olson. Susan Seaforth began on the daytime drama as a troubled teen. Then, in 1970 on Days of our Lives, Julie met Doug Williams.

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The DOOL plot was that Doug was paid to make Julie fall for him. Behind the scenes, real life tangled with reel life. Recently divorced Bill fell for Susan Seaforth, who’s almost 20 years younger than him. Days of our Lives fans loved their on and offscreen romance.

How Old is Doug Williams – Bill Hayes – on DOOL?

Bill Hayes turned 96 in June 2021 and, unlike his wife, came to acting in Hollywood closer to 30. Instead, Bill was busy earning degrees in English and music, a Master’s in music, and Ph.D. in education. He and has first wife had five children. They split then he met Susan Seaforth.

Not primarily an actor for a while, Bill was busy as a singer pre Days of our Lives. He sang on TV variety shows, and recorded a gold record. Bill’s also performed in Broadway musicals. He’s recorded two top 100 hits during his singing career.


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Back in the day, Doug Williams came to Salem as a convict who was also a singer on Days of our Lives. He met his future wife Susan Seaforth Hayes on the set. Their characters fell for each other but had a fraught romance and he was on and off the soap for many years.

How Long Have Doug & Julie Been Married on Days of our Lives?

The NBC soap duo of Doug Williams and his spouse Julie Williams have been married for far fewer years then their real-life counterparts Bill and Susan Hayes. First, Doug married Julie’s mom. So, it wasn’t until 1976 that Doug and Julie were first wed. She later divorced him.

Then, Doug and Julie married again on Days of our Lives in 1981 and divorced five years later. Their last – and lasting marriage – happened in early 1994. Since then, Julie Williams is seen on the soap more often than her husband, but Doug Williams is back now and then.


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In their real lives, Bill Hayes secretly married Susan Seaforth in October 1974. Then, Days of our Lives fans clamored for their characters to marry too. The actors have been married nearly 47 years. Their characters soon celebrate 28 years of wedded bliss.

(Mario Lopez celebrated their marriage above – but his math was a little off… ours is correct!)

Let’s hope we see lots more of Bill Hayes and his real-life wife Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams and her husband Doug Williams for years to come on DOOL.

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