Bill Daily

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Bill Daily
Bill Daily 1969.jpg
1969 publicity photo
BornWilliam Edward Daily
(1927-08-30)August 30, 1927
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.[1]
DiedSeptember 4, 2018(2018-09-04) (aged 91)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.
Resting placeAshes scattered outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico U.S.
EducationLane Tech College Prep High School
Alma materGoodman Theatre School
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1953–2014
Known for"Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie" "Howard Borden on the Bob Newhart Show" "Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF"
Spouse(s)
Patricia Anderson
(m. 1949; div. 1976)

Vivian Sanchez
(m. 1980; div. 1983)
1
Becky Daily
(m. 1993; her death 2010)
Children3
Parents
  • Raymond Daily (father)
  • Fern Ellis (mother)
RelativesVirgil Ellis (uncle)

William Edward Daily (August 30, 1927 – September 4, 2018)[2][3] was an American actor and comedian known for his sitcom work as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.

Early life and early career[edit]

William Edward Daily was born on August 30, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa,[4] the son of Fern Ellis and Raymond Daily, who went out for a loaf of bread two weeks after his son was born but never returned.[5] In 1939, he moved with his family from Des Moines to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent the rest of his youth.[4] Following graduation from Lane Technical High School and studied for a time at the Goodman Theatre School,[6] Daily left home to become a professional musician and played upright bass with jazz bands in numerous clubs across the Midwest.[5] In the early 1950s, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in the Korean War[4] with an artillery unit before being later transferred to an entertainment unit.[7]

Comedy career[edit]

1950s to early 1960s[edit]

Following his time in the Army, Daily began performing stand-up comedy and gradually began playing some of the bigger clubs in the country. After graduating from the Goodman Theatre School, Daily worked for the NBC television station in Chicago, WMAQ, as an announcer and floor manager. He eventually became a staff director.[1] Daily stated that preparing for a Chicago-area Emmy Award telecast, he asked a young Bob Newhart to come up with a routine about press agents that resulted in the routine "Abe Lincoln vs. Madison Avenue".[8] During his days off, Daily drove to Cleveland to write, direct and perform on The Mike Douglas Show.[2] In 1963, Steve Allen appeared on The Mike Douglas Show, saw Daily do a comedy bit and offered him a job in Los Angeles as an announcer, writer and performer on his syndicated show.[2]

Mid-1960s to early 1970s[edit]

Bill Daily at the 2011 Supanova Expo in Australia

Daily appeared in guest spots on My Mother the Car, The Farmer's Daughter and Bewitched. Veteran sitcom writer Sidney Sheldon liked Daily's work and hired him for a supporting role on I Dream of Jeannie.

In 1972, two years after Jeannie was canceled, Daily was back on television in another aviator's uniform, as Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show. Borden, a commercial airline navigator who later became a co-pilot, lived across the hall from Bob Newhart's Bob Hartley character, and would frequently pop into the Hartleys' apartment to borrow things, mooch a meal, or have the Hartleys take care of his son when he had custody of him.

Mid-1970s to 1990s[edit]

Photo from The Bob Newhart Show. Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) listens to Howard (Daily).

For the two years that followed The Bob Newhart Show, Daily returned to stand-up, but in 1980, after years of making a living as a second banana, Daily was offered his own show. Called Small & Frye, the show featured Daily as a neurotic doctor; it lasted only three months before being canceled. Daily, a lifelong lover of magic, made three syndicated specials introducing young magicians called Bill Daily's Hocus-Pocus Gang which aired in 1982 and 1983.

Daily occasionally served as a panelist on the 1970s CBS game show Match Game. After Richard Dawson's departure, Daily was a semi-regular for the final three years of the show's CBS and syndicated run.[4]

In 1988, Daily tried his hand again at starring roles, this time as another doctor on the sitcom Starting From Scratch. The show fared slightly better than Frye, but was canceled after one season. Daily's most notable post-Newhart role was another supporting character, that of Larry the psychiatrist on the cult favorite ALF (1986). Jack Riley appeared as an unnamed patient, clearly reprising Elliot Carlin from The Bob Newhart Show. ALF claimed to have learned all he knew about psychology from watching the earlier series.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Daily reprised his I Dream of Jeannie role of Roger Healey in two made-for-TV reunion movies: I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991). In 1990, he reunited with Bob Newhart as a new, overbearing neighbor in the Newhart episode "Good Neighbor Sam". Also in 1991, he reprised the role of Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show: The 19th Anniversary Special, which aired in November of that year. In 1997, he was a guest star on Caroline in the City.[7]

Although mostly retired, Daily still did some live comedy and occasional television guest appearances into the 2000s. From 2006 to February 2009, he was a guest host on radio station KBQI in Albuquerque.[4]

In 1987, Daily was named director of the New Mexico Film Commission.[9]

Personal life and death[edit]

Daily married his first wife, Patricia Anderson, in 1949. In 1976, the couple divorced. Daily had two adopted children, a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Kimberley who is deceased.[10][11] In 1980 he married Vivian Sanchez, with whom he traveled on the road, performing Lover's Leap for two years, and with whom he had one child, Becca. He and Sanchez later divorced.[4][11]

In 1993, Daily married his third wife, Becky. The couple remained together until her death in 2010.[12] His manager and publicist was Patterson Lundquist.[4]

Daily died on September 4, 2018, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His death was announced by his family three days later.[3] At Daily's request no funeral was planned.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1964 Bewitched Mr. Johnson Episode: "A Vision of Sugar Plums"
1965 The Farmer's Daughter Manfred Episode: "Katy by Moonlight"
1965–70 I Dream of Jeannie Major Roger Healey 131 episodes
1965 My Mother the Car Phil Durkin Episode: "The De-Fenders"
1965 The Farmer's Daughter Gallery Manager Episode: "Forever Is a Cast Iron Mess"
1969 In Name Only Peter Garrity TV movie
1971 The Barefoot Executive Navigator
1972 Love, American Style Larry Segment: "Love and the Single Sister"
1972 Getting Together McAdam Episode: "Broken-Hearted Melody"
1972 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Peter "Pete" Peterson Episode: "His Two Right Arms"
1972–78 The Bob Newhart Show Howard Borden 140 episodes
1972 Love, American Style Donald Baxter Segment: "Love and the Country Girl"
1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras Jack Murphy TV movie
1978 Flying High Bob Griffen 2 episodes
1979 $weepstake$ Fred Episode #1.1
1979 Rendezvous Hotel Walter Grainger TV movie
1979 CHiPs Balford Episodes: "Roller Disco" (Parts 1 & 2)
1979 The Love Boat Paul Turner Segment: "Rent a Family" (Parts 1 & 2)
1980 Valentine Magic on Love Island Charles TV movie
1981 Aloha Paradise Curtis Shea 8 episodes
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Frank Trenton Episode: "Daredevil"
1983 Trapper John, M.D. Mr. Stevens Episode: "The Spy Who Bugged Me"
1983 Small & Frye Dr. Hanratty 6 episodes
1985 Comedy Factory The Mayor Episode: "Honey, It's the Mayor"
1985 I Dream of Jeannie... Fifteen Years Later Col. Roger Healey TV movie
1987–89 ALF Dr. Lawrence 'Larry' Dykstra 4 episodes
1988–89 Starting from Scratch Dr. James Shepherd 22 episodes
1990 Newhart Sam Leary Episode: "Good Neighbor Sam"
1990 The Munsters Today Count Strimpkin Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
1991 I Still Dream of Jeannie Col. Roger Healey TV movie
1991 The Bob Newhart Show: The 19th Anniversary Special Howard Borden TV special
1991 Alligator II: The Mutation Mayor Anderson Direct-to-video
1992–93 Bob Vic Victor 2 episodes
1997 George and Leo The Pilot Episode: "The Cameo Show"
1997 The Naked Truth Doc Episode: "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother"
1997 Caroline in the City Charlie's Father 2 episodes
2011 Horrorween GrandPa (Final film role)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources differ.

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b UPI (October 19, 1968). "Bill Daily's Gemlike Assists to Make 'Dream of Jeannie' a Hit". Schenectedy Gazette. Schenectady, New York: The Daily Gazette Co. p. 13. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Barnes, Mike (September 7, 2018). "Bill Daily, Comic Foil on 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Bob Newhart Show,' Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles: Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group (Valence Media). Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Saperstein, Pat (September 8, 2018). "Bill Daily, Major Healey in 'I Dream of Jeannie,' Dies at 91". Variety. Los Angeles: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Gomez, Melissa (September 9, 2018). "Bill Daily, a Regular on 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Bob Newhart Show,' Dies at 91". The New York Times. New York City: The New York Times Company. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Longden, Tom (September 10, 2018). "From the archives: 'Newhart,' 'I Dream of Jeannie' actor Bill Daily shares his Des Moines memories". The Des Moines Register. Des Moines, Iowa: Gannett Company. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Di Nunzio, Miriam (September 8, 2018). "Bill Daily, starred on 'I Dream of Jeannie,' has died at 91". Chicago Sun-Times. Chicago: Sun-Times Media Group. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ a b KTVT Staff (August 1, 2014). "A Look Back At Actor Bill Daily's Career". KTVT. Fort WorthDallas, Texas: CBS Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Something Like This...The Bob Newhart Anthology. Rhino Entertainment (CD). Burbank, California: Warner Music Group. January 24, 1995. ASIN B00122LT7I. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  9. ^ Trott, William C. (June 1, 1987). "People in the News". The Bryan Times. Bryan, Ohio: Bryan Publishing Company. p. 8. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Dalton, Andrew (September 8, 2018). "Bill Daily, Sidekick on Hit 60s and 70s Sitcoms, Dies at 91". U.S. News & World Report. Washington, D.C.: U.S. News & World Report, L.P. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Achudell, Matt (September 8, 2018). "Bill Daily, comic actor in 'I Dream of Jeannie' and 'The Bob Newhart Show,' dies at 91". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Nash Holdings. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  12. ^ a b Dalton, Andrew. "Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis: Lee Enterprises. Associated Press. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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