Billy Miller, the Emmy-winning actor known for his roles on “All My Children,” “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless,” died Friday. He was 43 years old.
Miller “was suffering from manic depression when he passed away” in Austin, Texas, his manager Marnie Sparer confirmed to USA TODAY on Sunday, Miller’s birthday.
The cause of his death has not been released.
The Oklahoma native grew up in Texas, where he earned a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin. “After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles. While working in the mailroom of a major entertainment management and production company, he decided, after encouragement (a challenge) from his friends, to pursue a career in acting,” Sparer wrote in announcing his death.
After landing modeling and commercial gigs, Miller landed a role on “All My Children” as Richie Novak. He would continue his career as a soap opera star on “The Young and the Restless”, as Billy Abbott from 2008 to 2014, and on “General Hospital”, as Jason Morgan and Drew Cain from 2013 to 2019.
His role in “The Young and the Restless” earned him three Daytime Emmy Awards: one for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and two for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Miller has starred in several other television series, including “Suits,” “Ray Donovan” and “Truth Be Told.” His last acting credit was a guest role on “NCIS” in 2022, according to IMDb.
In addition to his work as an actor, he was a restaurateur and owned several bars and restaurants in Los Angeles.
Miller is survived by his mother Patricia and sister Megan. “He also leaves behind a large number of friends and colleagues who will miss his warm personality, generous spirit and genuine kindness,” Sparer wrote.
His manager requested that donations be made to the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in the actor’s honor.
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Eileen Davidson, who starred alongside Miller in “The Young and the Restless,” shared a photo of the two taken at a Daytime Emmy ceremony on X, formerly Twitter.
“His infectious charm and warmth left lasting impressions on all of us who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. I will miss that mischievous smile. I love you Billy,” she wrote.
“All My Children” alum Rebecca Budig remembered Miller as “so kind” and “generous to a fault” in an Instagram post. “This is a difficult question.”
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