Famous as the security guard who noticed unusual, break-in-like activity at Washington, D.C.'s Watergate office building, Wills spurred investigation into the Nixon presidency-ending event that came to be known as the Watergate Scandal.
Before becoming a security guard, he left high school to work a heavy machinery job in Michigan and went on to work for the Ford company in Detroit.
He appeared as himself in the movie adaptation of the Watergate-themed book All the President's Men.
A native of Savannah, Georgia, he grew up primarily in the care of his mother Margie. He lived his later years in poverty in North Augusta, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia, and died of brain cancer in his early fifties.
President Richard Nixon ultimately resigned from office as a direct result of the illegal activities Wills uncovered.