Billy Hayes Net Worth

Whether it’s books, articles, blogs, movie scripts or pieces in magazines, these authors sure earn a lot. Famous for their work and impact to various communities and demographics globally, authors are usually very respected and have huge followings. Billy Hayes, the American Writer is no exception from this rule. This person was born in unknown on the April 3, 1947. As a kid and throughout his teenage years, attending Marquette University helped develop a love for creating content and writing pieces. Billy Hayes has a family of Dorothy Hayes, William Hayes unknown unknown. Standing at 1.75 m tall, Billy Hayes has a huge fanbase throughout every continent. So, do you want to know how much this person is worth? Well, the total estimated net worth of Billy Hayes is said to be $500,000.

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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.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Billy Hayes
  • Net Worth: $500,000
  • Date Of Birth: April 3, 1947
  • Place Of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
  • Height: 1.75 m
  • Weight: 123 kg
  • Profession: Writer
  • Education: Marquette University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Wendy West
  • Parents: Dorothy Hayes, William Hayes
  • IMDB:
  • Music Groups: Wavves
  • Movies: Lost Signal, Cock & Bull Story, Babylon 5: The Gathering, Midnight Express
  • TV Shows: Days of Our Lives, Your Show of Shows, Caesar Presents


  • Wrote the book Midnight Express which detailed his imprisonment in Turkey from 1970 for drug smuggling to his escape in 1975.


Title Year Status Character
The Truth 2014/II The Stepfather
The Bachelor’s Baby 1996 TV Movie Mr. O’Brien
Babylon 5: The Gathering 1993 TV Movie Traveler (as William Hayes)
Nails 1992 TV Movie Guard #1
Shakespeare’s Plan 12 from Outer Space 1991 Duke Orsino
Defenseless 1991 Board Member in Law Firm
The Cage 1990 as William Hayes
Stingray 1987 TV Series Edward Benton
Assassination 1987 Pritchard Young (as William Hayes)
Scorpion 1986 Wolfgang Stoltz (as William J. Hayes)
Under Arrest 1983 Billy
Capitol 1982 TV Series Len (1985)
Title Year Status Character
Amare 2017 consultant announced
Southside 2003 screenplay
Midnight Express 1978 book – as William Hayes
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The Bachelor’s Baby 1996 TV Movie co-producer
The Cage 1990 associate producer – as William Hayes
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Blue Money 1985 TV Movie writer: “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Someday”
Midnight Express 1978 writer: “Istanbul Blues” – as William Hayes
Title Year Status Character
Southside 2003
Title Year Status Character
The Cage 1990 as William Hayes
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Midnight Return: The Story of Billy Hayes and Turkey 2016 Documentary Himself (voice)
Prison Night 2015 TV Special documentary Himself
Books Du Jour 2014 TV Series Himself
Locked Up Abroad 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
I’m Healthy, I’m Alive and I’m Free 1977 TV Short documentary Himself