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Billy Mays is best known for his enthusiastic infomercials, pitching products like Orange Glo and Oxiclean.
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Mays began his sales career on the Atlantic City boardwalk in 1983, selling the "Washmatik" portable washing device to passersby. Along with the "Washmatik," Mays also sold several other "As Seen On TV" products. Mays attributes much of his style and success as a salesman to the older pitchmen that taught him the trade during this time. After a while on the Atlantic City boardwalk, Mays began traveling to home shows and state fairs across the country selling products.
The Washington Post referred to Mays as "a full-volume pitchman, amped up like a candidate for a tranquilizer-gun takedown."
The negative press didn't effect Mays. Instead he pressed on, helping to make Orange Glo International one of the top 10 privately growing companies from 1999 to 2001. His success on HSN also helped propel the buyout by Church and Dwight of the Orange Glo International. In addition, he continued to lend his pitchman skills and voice to many products on the Home Shopping Network, including Zorbeez, Mighty Putty, Turbo Tiger, Kaboom! and The Grip Wrench.
In recent years, Billy Mays appeared as a television personality on shows such as ESPN360 and ESPN and ABC's college football bowl coverage. He also appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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