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I'm Billy Hayes.
―Billy Hayes introducing himself to many prisoners

Billy "William" Hayes (born April 3, 1947, age 71) is an American college student. He is the main character of Alan Parker's 1978 hit film, Midnight Express.

Why He Rocks

  1. Billy Hayes is a very likable and optimistic character.
  2. His amazing, amazing lines, like "I'm Billy Hayes" and "It's something I ate, I think I've been poisoned".
  3. He is played by the late Brad Davis.
  4. He is a great college student.
  5. He had a great time in Istanbul, Turkey.

Bad Qualities

  1. He fought against Hamidou.
  2. He got arrested for smuggling drugs. 


  • He wrote the 1977 book Midnight Express with William Hoffer.