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$10 Million

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Billy Mays was an American television direct-reply ad salesperson best known for marketing OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and other cleaning, home based, as well as care goods in the Home Shopping Network. After dropping out, he worked for his dad’s hazardous waste firm before moving to Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1983. About the Atlantic City boardwalk Mays sold the Washmatik mobile washing apparatus to passersby, in addition to other “As Seen on TV” products.

Billy Mays Net Worth $10 Million Dollars

At a Pittsburgh house show in 1993, Mays struck up a friendship with competing salesman Max Appel, creator of Orange Glo International, a Denver-based maker of cleaning products. Mays was subsequently hired by the organization to market their line of cleansers, OxiClean, Orange Clean, Orange Glo, and Kaboom, around the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 2009, the Discovery Channel started airing “Pitch Men”, a documentary series that featured Mays in his occupation in direct-response marketing. Mays died on June 28, 2009 of cardiovascular disease. Mays was 50 years old.

Quick Facts

Birth date: July 20, 1958, McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States
Death date: June 28, 2009, Tampa, Florida, United States
Birth place: McKees Rocks
Height:1.78 m
Education:Sto-Rox High School, West Virginia University
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Deborah Mays (m. 2002–2009), Dolores Mays (m. ?–1990)
Children:Elizabeth Mays, Billy Mays III
Parents:Joyce Palm, Billy Mays Sr.
Siblings:Randy Mays
Music groups:Glenn Miller Orchestra
TV shows:PitchMen

Interesting Facts

1Co-host, with Anthony Sullivan, of an infomercial for the Omni "Dual Saw".
2Appeared in a commercial for the "Jupiter Jack" hands-free phone system.
3Appeared in a commercial for the Simoniz "Fix-It Pro!".
4Best friend and partner of fellow pitchman, Anthony Sullivan.
5Father of Elizabeth Mays.
6Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, attended Sto-Rox High School, and was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later dropped out of West Virginia University and worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City in 1983.
7Was a Republican.
8Was the CEO and founder of Mays Promotions, Inc., based at his home in Odessa, Florida.
9Brother of Randy Mays.
10Father, with Dolores May, of Billy Mays III (born in 1985), and, with Deborah Mays, of Elizabeth Mays (born in 2006).
11Developed his style demonstrating knives, mops and other "as seen on TV" gadgets on Atlantic City's boardwalk. For years, he worked as a hired gun on the state fair and home show circuit, attracting crowds with his booming voice and genial manner.
12After meeting Orange Glo International founder Max Appel at a home show in Pittsburgh in the mid-1990s, Mays was recruited to demonstrate the environmentally friendly line of cleaning products on the St. Petersburg-based Home Shopping Network.


1Distinctive beard
2Exuberant sales pitches
3Button-down blue shirt


1When I'm up against a wall, that's when Billy Mays performs best.
2The infomercial business has been good to me.
3The best things in life are free - and $19.95.
4Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air.
5My voice, my likeness is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products.
6Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing.
7It's important for me to sell a product that works.
8It's a funny business. I kind of compare it to baseball. I'm always looking for a home run.
9I've done well for myself.
10I'm a pitchman, my business comes from the pitch, nothing else.
11I enjoy what I do. I think it shows.
12I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.
13Before you throw it away, let Mighty Mendit save the day.
14Long live your laundry!
15Life's a pitch, then you buy.
16You know what, rip me off once, shame on me. But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.
17Broken! Busted! Everybody has something to repair. Before buying new, let Mighty Putty fix it for you.
18Is it demonstratable? Does it have that wow factor? Is it easy to use? Is it priced right?
19Hi, Billy Mays here for...
20I love beautiful wood.
21One of the things that we hope to do with Pitchmen (2009) is to give people an appreciation of what we do. I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.





Pitchman: A Tribute to Billy Mays2009TV Movie executive producer
Pitchmen2009TV Series executive producer



Pitchmen2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Today2009TV SeriesHimself
As Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Infomercial Pitchman
Rachael Ray2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2009TV SeriesHimself
Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends1999TV Series documentaryHimself

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The Frollo Show2011-2012TV SeriesHimself
Pitchman: A Tribute to Billy Mays2009TV MovieHimself

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