Billy Hayes Net Worth

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Billy Hayes Wiki Biography

William Hayes was born on the 3rd April 1947 in New York City USA, and is a writer, actor and director best known to the world for his book “Midnight Express” (1977), which was then adapted into the same named film in 1978. After the release of the book and film, Billy continued to write, while also trying himself as an actor.

Have you ever wondered how rich Billy Hayes is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources it has been estimated that Hayes’ net worth is as high as $500,000, an amount earned through his successful careers.

Billy Hayes Net Worth $500,000

Billy became known to the world because of his escape from the Turkish İmralı prison by a rowboat. In 1970, Billy stayed in Turkey as an American student, however, when he tried to leave the country, he was caught with four pounds of hashish. As a result, he was sentenced to four years and two months, unfortunately, authorities decided to make him an example of him, and changed his sentence to life in prison. He was firstly imprisoned at Sağmalcılar Prison, but after an incident two years into his sentence, he was transferred to Bakırköy Psychiatric Hospital, which is an asylum for mental patients. The US government tried to make a deal with the Turkish government on Hayes’ transfer to the US, however, this was denied, although Hayes’ sentence was reduced to 30 years , and he was transferred to İmralı prison in 1975.

Later that year, Billy managed to escape and reach Greece, and he was then deported to Frankfurt, eventually reaching the States. Two years later, Billy published the book about his experience in the prison and escape, entitled “Midnight Express”, which was extremely popular. The resulting film adaptation in 1978 starred Brad Davis portraying Billy Hayes, and won two Academy Awards among many other awards and nominations.. Following the success of his book, Billy published two sequels, “Midnight Return (Escaping Midnight Express)” and “The Midnight Express Letters–from a Turkish Prison”, the sales of which also increased his wealth.

Billy then launched an acting career, and made his debut in the TV drama series “Capitol” (1982), and then in 1987 appeared in the action thriller “Assassination”. In 1991 he had a role in the fantasy horror “Shakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space”, and two years later featured in the sci-fi adventure “Babylon 5: The Gathering”, starring Michael O’Hare, Tamlyn Tomita and Jerry Doyle. Most recently, he appeared in the sci-fi action film “The Truth” in 2014.

Regarding his personal life, Billy was married to Wendy West from 1980 – 2010, but other details are lacking, as he tends to keep them out of public eyes.

For years, he feared to return to Turkey, but then in 2007 he attended the 2nd Istanbul Conference on Democracy and Global Security. During his stay, Billy made a public apology to Turkish people for comments he made in his book.

Full NameBilly Hayes
Net Worth$500,000
Date Of BirthApril 3, 1947
Place Of BirthNew York City, New York, United States
Height1.75 m
Weight123 kg
EducationMarquette University
SpouseWendy West
ParentsDorothy Hayes, William Hayes
Music GroupsWavves
MoviesLost Signal, Cock & Bull Story, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Midnight Express
TV ShowsDays of Our Lives, Your Show of Shows, Caesar Presents
1Wrote the book Midnight Express which detailed his imprisonment in Turkey from 1970 for drug smuggling to his escape in 1975.


The Truth2014/IIThe Stepfather
The Bachelor's Baby1996TV MovieMr. O'Brien
Babylon 5: The Gathering1993TV MovieTraveler (as William Hayes)
Nails1992TV MovieGuard #1
Shakespeare's Plan 12 from Outer Space1991Duke Orsino
Defenseless1991Board Member in Law Firm
The Cage1990as William Hayes
Stingray1987TV SeriesEdward Benton
Assassination1987Pritchard Young (as William Hayes)
Scorpion1986Wolfgang Stoltz (as William J. Hayes)
Under Arrest1983Billy
Capitol1982TV SeriesLen (1985)


Amare2017consultant announced
Midnight Express1978book - as William Hayes


The Bachelor's Baby1996TV Movie co-producer
The Cage1990associate producer - as William Hayes


Blue Money1985TV Movie writer: "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday"
Midnight Express1978writer: "Istanbul Blues" - as William Hayes




The Cage1990as William Hayes


Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey2016DocumentaryHimself (voice)
Prison Night2015TV Special documentaryHimself
Books Du Jour2014TV SeriesHimself
Locked Up Abroad2010TV Series documentaryHimself
I'm Healthy, I'm Alive and I'm Free1977TV Short documentaryHimself

Nominated Awards

1979GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television SpecialMidnight Express (1978)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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