Walt Willey

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Jackson Montgomery on All My Children


1/26/1951, Ottawa, Illinois

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  • Walt E. Willey was born in Ottawa, Illinois on January 26th, 1951. There he attended the Southern Illinois University, majoring in the Fine Arts. In 1981, he left Illinois for New York, to pursue a professional acting career. He joined the cast of the popular daytime drama All My Children in 1987, originating the fan-favorite role of Jackson Montgomery. He will celebrate 20 years on the show next year. He has been at every Super Soap Weekend at both Disney's California Adventure and Disney/MGM in Orlando. Walt has been named All My Childrens MVP in Soap Opera Update's reader's poll in both 1992 and 1993. Walt began to do stand-up comedy in 1989. He has headlined at famous clubs such as Caroline's in New York, The Comedy Store in California, and Zanie's in Chicago. He still tours nationally today, and good friend Joy Behar of The View! proposed that he should be given membership to the world-renowned Friars Club. He was in January of 2001. Walt has had jobs hosting many events. He has co-hosted Live with Regis and Kelly! with ex-All My Children star Kelly Ripa. He hosted the 20th Daytime Emmy Awards with Susan Lucci. He has co-hosted the Ford Supermodel of the World awards show in 1992 and 1993, with Beverly Johnson and Rachel Hunter, respectively. Walt was co-host of ABC's Tournaments of Roses Parade in 1994, 1995, and 1997. Walt hosted the Disney event A Magical Time in a Magical Place. Walt is both a regular cartoonist/columnist for both Soap Opera Update and Soap Opera Weekly. His prized lithograph, Soaperman, hangs in the Chicago's Underground Comics Hall of Fame. His collection of drawings, Arthurian Legend: A re-telling of the Christ Myth, is a critic favorite. Walt has appeared as himself in a comic book, in Valiant Comics' The Second Life of Dr. Mirage. Walt has been portrayed by Phil Hartman on Saturday Night Live. And, Walt has been a celebrity panelist on the game shows Match Game and To Tell the Truth. Walt has hosted many charity fundraisers, and has developed and founded the Willey World Endowment Fund.moreless



    Birth Place:

    Ottawa, Illinois

    Also Known As

    Walt E. Willey

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    • Walt Willey: (On the origin of his sense of humor) I developed a kind of defense mechanism when I was a kid because I stuttered very badly. They're not going to make fun of you if you're already laughing.

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    • Walt's first celebrity crush was Anne Bancroft.

    • Walt was parodied by the late Phil Hartman on Saturday Night Live.

    • Walt's on-set nickname from ex-co star Kelly Ripa was "Big Daddy".

    • Walt co-hosted the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards with All My Children on-screen lover Susan Lucci.

    • Walt has acted in an incarnation of the play Cyrano de Bergerac.

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