Sunday, May 17, 2009

Robert Willey Has Passed, Age 88

Actor and theatrical producer Robert Willey, the husband of longtime AS THE WORLD TURNS star Helen Wagner (Nancy), has passed away at age 88.

The couple would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in June.

Willey, a 37 year resident of Mount Kisco, NY died on May 12, 2009 at his home. Mr. Willey was born July 3, 1920 in Pasadena, CA the son of William S. and Minna E. Willey. He was a graduate of Pasadena High School, and attended U.S.C. for three years. Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He was a Director, Producer and Actor in both movies and theatre and was a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists and the Screen Actors Guild. He is survived by his beloved wife, Helen (Wagner) Willey and his sister, Mona Elmore of Honolulu, HI. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

Willey appeared in several films early in his career under the stage name Bill Roberts, but reverted to his real name, Robert Willey, for his subsequent stage career. Appeared on Broadway in Moss Hart's "Junior Miss" and "Winged Victory", and in many other notable stage productions.

You can see Willey in the clip below applauding for Wagner who is on stage with Frances Reid.

- Happy 90th Birthday To ATWT's Helen Wagner!

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