Soap opera star Billy Miller, best known for his roles on "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," has tragically passed away at the age of 43. Miller's representative, Marnie Sparer, confirmed the news of his death, revealing that he died on Friday, September 15, in Austin, Texas. The actor had been struggling with manic depression at the time of his passing. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Born on September 17, 1979, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Miller was raised in Grand Prairie, a city outside of Dallas. After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a production degree, Miller made the move to Los Angeles. Initially working in the mailroom at an entertainment management company, he decided to pursue a career in acting on a dare from friends.
Miller quickly found success, starting with appearances in commercials. In 2007, he landed his breakout role on the ABC soap opera "All My Children," portraying the character Richie Novak for approximately one year. Around the same time, Miller made his debut as Billy Abbott on the CBS daytime drama "The Young and the Restless," a role he would play until 2014. During his six-year tenure on the show, Miller garnered fame and critical acclaim, receiving five Daytime Emmy Award nominations and winning three in 2010, 2013, and 2014.
After leaving "The Young and the Restless," Miller joined the cast of "General Hospital," another popular daytime soap opera. He initially portrayed Jason Morgan before eventually taking on the role of Drew Cain, the character's twin. Miller appeared on the show from 2013 until his departure in 2019, further solidifying his status as a beloved soap opera star.
In addition to his successful career in daytime television, Miller also had appearances in various films and TV series, including "Truth be Told," "Suits," "Ray Donovan," "Bad Blood," "Fatal Honeymoon," "American Sniper," "Ringer," "Justified," and "Castle." He was also known for being the owner of multiple restaurants and bars in Los Angeles.
Miller is survived by his mother, sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew, according to his representative. The statement from his representative also emphasized the impact Miller had on those around him, describing him as warm, generous, and genuinely kind.
The news of Miller's passing has deeply saddened soap opera fans and industry professionals alike. Michael Fairman, a soap opera journalist, confirmed Miller's death, while fans took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of the talented actor. Many praised his performances and expressed their belief that he was taken too soon. Miller's death leaves a void in the soap opera world, and his talent and presence will be sorely missed.
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