Billy Mays

  • American businessman

William Darrell "Billy" Mays Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting Fix-It, OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, Zorbeez, 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 Discovery Channel television series that documented their work. His distinctive beard, attire, and impassioned sales pitches made him a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada.

It's important for me to sell a product that works.

One of the things that we hope to do with 'Pitchmen' is to give people an appreciation of what we do.

My voice, my likeness is my livelihood. That's it. I keep it simple. I pick good products.

I've done well for myself.

Just had a close call landing in Tampa. The tires blew out upon landing.

Hi, Billy Mays here for...

When I'm up against a wall, that's when Billy Mays performs best.

It's a funny business. I kind of compare it to baseball. I'm always looking for a home run.

I enjoy what I do. I think it shows.

The best things in life are free - and $19.95.

Is it demonstratable? Does it have that wow factor? Is it easy to use? Is it priced right?

You know what, rip me off once, shame on me. But twice? I'm coming after you and taking back what's mine.

I love beautiful wood.

Before you throw it away, let Mighty Mendit save the day.

Broken! Busted! Everybody has something to repair. Before buying new, let Mighty Putty fix it for you.

The infomercial business has been good to me.

I don't take on a product unless I believe in it. I use everything that I sell.

I'm a pitchman, my business comes from the pitch, nothing else.

Stuck in the plane on the runway. You can always count on US Air.

Life's a pitch, then you buy.

Long live your laundry!