‘Days Of Our Lives’ Favorite Bill Hayes Celebrates 98th Birthday With Surprise Cake On Soap’s Set

“Days of Our Lives” is celebrating nearly a century of one of its most beloved stars. Bill Hayes, who has played Doug Williams on the soap for more than 50 years, turned 98 this week and was surprised with a festive cake on set for the occasion. In a sweet video posted to his joint Instagram account with wife and co-star Susan Seaforth Hayes, Bill holds castmate Billy Flynn’s hand as the “Days” cast sings “Happy Birthday” to him and Susan blows out his candles. Bill and Susan have been married since 1974 and their respective characters tied the knot on “Days” two years later.