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"Hi, Billy Mays here for the original quick chop, the fastest, easiest, safest way to chop mince or dice any vegetable – guaranteed."
―Billy Mays describing the Gormet Quick Chop in an infomercial[src]

William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. was an television direct-response advertisement salesperson. He was made a recognized television presence in the United States and Canada due to his particular beard, attire, loud voice, and impassioned sales pitches.

Throughout his career, he promoted a wide variety of products, including OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and Zorbeez. His promotions aired mostly on the Home Shopping Network through his company, Mays Promotions, Inc.

In 2002, Mike Ehrmantraut played one of Mays' infomercials to lure two of Hector Salamanca's men (including Arturo Colon) to him.

History[]

Background[]

Billy Mays was born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, and was raised in Pittsburgh. He later dropped out of West Virginia University and worked for his father's hazardous waste company before moving to Atlantic City in 1983.

At a Pittsburgh home show in 1993, Mays struck up a friendship with Max Appel, founder of Orange Glo International, a Denver-based manufacturer of cleaning products. He was then hired by the company to promote their line of cleaners, OxiClean, Orange Clean, Orange Glo, and Kaboom, on the Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mays' sales pitches was enthusiastic, as stated through customer responses, with a sharp increase in sales after his first day on the network. In October 2000, Mays shot an infomercial for the then-three-year-old OxiClean corporation. He would be a staple of the brand, as well as for the wider company, Orange Glo. Later on he would appear in Kaboom infomercials.

Better Call Saul[]

Season 2[]

Billy Mays commercial

The television airing a Billy Mays commercial, as Mike turned it on to lure Hector's men inside.

Returning home, Mike Ehrmantraut cautiously looks around in case any of Hector Salamanca's men are waiting to ambush him. He lifts up the welcome mat he placed outside earlier to find footprint impressions on the carbon paper, and sees that the lock appears to have been picked. Mike deduces that Hector's men are inside the house. Mike takes out his gun and cautiously enters, searching room to room. Unable to find them, he decides to lure them to him. Not taking his hand off his gun, he grabs a remote and turns on the TV, which begins playing Mays' Gourmet Quick Chop infomercial.

A moment later, a door in front of Mike opens and two men emerge from it with guns drawn. Mike takes them by surprise and knocks one of them down by striking him with the door, while pistol whipping Arturo Colon. At gunpoint, Arturo explains that they only have one message from Hector: for Mike to take the $5,000. Mike is unimpressed that Hector would take two hitmen to deliver such a message, and Arturo admits that Hector only sent them to scare Mike. Mike sends the henchmen on their way with a message for Hector: "Try harder next time." ("Bali Ha'i")

During Breaking Bad[]

On June 28, 2009, Mays suffered from a heart attack at the age of 50 in Tampa Bay, Florida, correlating to the use of cocaine due to autopsies revealing them in his system.

Mays' funeral was held on July 3, 2009, in his hometown of McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania where he was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Quotes[]

"Hi, Billy Mays here for the original quick chop, the fastest, easiest, safest way to chop mince or dice any vegetable – guaranteed. Here’s how it works: Just place the vegetable on the board, give it a tap and you’ve got finely shredded cabbage in seconds for crunchy coleslaw. If you like salads, put all your ingredients in at the same time. Chicken salad, ham salad, even shrimp salad is all done with just a few taps. It has the power to chop nuts – almonds, walnuts, pecans. Use them for toppings for ice cream Sundays. Quick chop even has the muscle to chop ice... amazing! Make delicious, mouth-watering salsa in seconds. It even works on tough vegetables like potatoes. Quick chop peels and chops garlic with just one tap. Keep tapping for freshly minced garlic. The secret is the six carbon steel blades, combined with the rotating action. Each time you tap, it rotates and chops on a different angle – and never misses a thing. One tap and you’ve got sliced onions. A few more taps for diced onions. Keep tapping for finely minced onions. It’s faster than a knife and the only tears you’ll cry are tears of joy. Clean-up is a breeze – just rinse it or put it in the dishwasher. Call now and you’ll get the original Quick Chop with rotating action for only $19.99. As a special bonus, we’ll also include our Quick Grater free. It comes with both course and fine blades, and it’s the best grater you’ll ever use for grating all types of cheeses. But to make this the best deal on TV, we’ll double the offer. You’ll get a second Quick Chop and a second Quick Grater. Just pay separate processing and handling. That means you get two of the original quick chops and two of the quick graters for only $19.99. Here’s how to order."
―Billy Mays' infomercial[src]


Trivia[]

  • In the immediate aftermath of his death, many companies pulled ads featuring Mays from the air. By mid-July, with his family's consent, some ads were put back into rotation, alongside newer ones that Mays had filmed prior to his death.
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