James Daly (actor)

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James Daly
James Daly Medical Center 1975.jpg
Daly in Medical Center, 1969
Born James Firman Daly
(1918-10-23)October 23, 1918
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, USA
Died July 3, 1978(1978-07-03) (aged 59)
Nyack, New York
Cause of death Heart failure
Alma mater Cornell College
Occupation Actor
Television Medical Center, Twelve O'Clock High
Spouse(s) Hope Newell (m. 1942–65)
Children 4
Awards Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama
1966 Eagle in a Cage

James Firman Daly (October 23, 1918 – July 3, 1978) was an American theater, film and television actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Paul Lochner in the hospital drama series Medical Center, in which he played Chad Everett's superior.[1]

Early life[edit]

Daly was born in Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County in central Wisconsin, to a working-class family: his mother, Dorothy Ethelbert (Hogan) Mullen, later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and his father, Percifer Charles Daly, was a fuel merchant.[2] During the 1930s, Daly studied drama and acted in shows before he worked for the armed services, and served with the United States Navy as World War II ended.

Daly was a music major at the University of Wisconsin, a drama major at Iowa State University, and attended Carroll College before receiving a degree from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.[3] Cornell College later presented him with an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.[3]


Between 1953 and 1955 Daly appeared in the TV series Foreign Intrigue. He also guest starred on many television series, among them Appointment with Adventure (two episodes), Breaking Point, Mission: Impossible, The Twilight Zone ("A Stop at Willoughby"), The Tenderfoot (1964) for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Road West (1966 episode "The Gunfighter"), Custer, Gunsmoke, Combat, The Fugitive, The Virginian, and Twelve O'Clock High. He is also well remembered for his portrayal of "Mr. Flint" (an apparently immortal human) in the Star Trek episode "Requiem for Methuselah" in 1969.[4]

In 1958, Daly signed a contract with the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to do television commercials for Camel cigarettes. He served as the Camel representative for seven years, being flown by Reynolds throughout the United States to be filmed smoking a Camel at various locations.[3]

Daly was also an accomplished stage actor, starting out in 1946 as Gary Merrill's understudy in Born Yesterday.[3] Among his starring Broadway roles were in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize- winning J.B. and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment.

In addition to his acting career, Daly was one of the hosts on NBC Radio's weekend Monitor program in 1963-1964.

Daly's last screen feature was as "Mr. Boyce" in the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations.


Daly died of heart failure in Nyack, New York,[5] a couple of years after Medical Center ended, while he was preparing to star in the play "Equus" in Tarrytown, New York.[6] His ashes were sprinkled into the Atlantic Ocean.

Family life[edit]

The Daly family had an interest in acting for four generations, beginning with Daly's father, Percy, who appeared in theatrical productions in Central Wisconsin. Two of Daly's children, Tyne Daly and Tim Daly, and his granddaughter Kathryne Dora Brown and grandson Sam Daly are actors. Tyne appeared on Daly's TV series Foreign Intrigue as a child and as a teenager appeared in Medical Center. Daly and Tyne both guest starred separately in the original Mission: Impossible TV series. Tim appeared as a child with his father in Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People. Daly had two other children, daughters Mary Glynn and Pegeen Michael.[5]



Year Title Role Other notes
1960 A Stop at Willoughby Gart Williams Twilight Zone : Season 1, Episode 30
1961–1967 Hallmark Hall of Fame Barabbas, Owen Wister, Dr. O'Meara, Dunois Episodes: "Give Us Barabbas", "The Magnificent Yankee, "Eagle in a Cage", "Saint Joan""
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1966 An Enemy of the People Dr. Thomas Stockmann American Playhouse production
The Fugitive Michael Ballinger

Arthur Brame

Episodes: "Running Scared", "The Evil Men Do"
1967 The Invaders Alan Landers Episodes: Beachhead
1968 The Invaders General Samuel ConCannon Episodes: The Peacemaker
1969 Star Trek Flint Episodes: Requiem for Methuselah
1969–1976 Medical Center Dr. Paul Lochner
1970 Ironside Judge McIntire Episode: People Against Judge McIntire


Year Production Role Notes and awards
1963 Jenny Kissed Me by Jean Kerr Performances: Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania


Year Award Category Film Result
1966 Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Won
(Source: IMDb.com)


  1. ^ "TV, Stage Actor James Daly Dies; Was State Native". Milwaukee Journal (Google.com). 5 July 1978. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d See, Carolyn. (1970, February 21–27). Nothing Personal: James Daly will talk about anything – except himself. TV Guide, pp 26-30.
  4. ^ "James Daly: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Actor James Daly Dead". Ocala Star Banner (Google.com). 5 July 1978. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ "James Daly, Actor, Is Dead at 59; Took Many TV Character Roles; Had Part in 'Roots II' Won an Emmy Award". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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