Bill Daily, star of 'I Dream of Jeannie', dies at 91
Bill Daily is survived by his son Patrick Daily, who confirmed the news that the veteran actor passed away in Santa Fe on September 4
Bill Daily, the beloved actor, who will forever be known as Major Roger Healey of ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ has died at the age of 91. His son J. Patrick Daily has confirmed that the veteran actor passed away in Sante Fe on September 4.
“He loved every sunset, he loved every meal — he just decided to be happy about everything,” said Patrick announcing his father’s death.
Along with ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ Daily was also known for his role as airline pilot Howard Borden, Bob Newhart’s eccentric neighbor in CBS’ ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’
Speaking of his old co-star's death, Newhart told Variety, “I called him our bullpen man. Whenever we were having trouble with a script on the show, we’d have Bill make an appearance. In recent years we had hoped to have Bill be a part of ‘The Bob Newhart Show’ tributes at the TV Academy, but by then he was no longer traveling. He was one of the most positive people I ever knew, and we’ll dearly miss him.”
Daily has also appeared on 'ALF' as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra, and had memorable shows in many groundbreaking TV shows such as 'Bewitched,' 'Love American Style,' 'The Mary Tyler Moore Show,' 'Aloha,' 'Paradise,' and 'Starting from Scratch.'
Many of his fans have expressed their grief and gratitude for his talent on social media, with many even posting some of his best works to remember him by.
Aw, Bill Daily. Such a ubiquitous presence on TV during my '60s-'70s childhood. And now that I think about it, one of the first comic actors to really make an impression on me. The king of affable vulnerability. https://t.co/SYSxcX9HNS— James Urbaniak (@JamesUrbaniak) September 8, 2018
Sad to read that Bill Daily has passed at the age of 91. Loved him in I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show. pic.twitter.com/n4hjtI6z6q— Karen (@TheDarkPages) September 8, 2018
Bill Daily was one of the absolute greatest sitcom weirdos, a real comedy hero of mine for as long as I can remember. A masterful supporting player, and just a damn delight. pic.twitter.com/KYh3aFHXU2— Brett White (@brettwhite) September 8, 2018
#RIP Bill Daily, so great on 'Jeannie' and 'The Bob Newhart Show.' Before they made it in showbiz, Newhart did accounting work for him, and they worked together as pin-setters at a bowling alley. He thrived despite dyslexia. https://t.co/mjWDvrd6OD— Mike Barnes (@MikeBarnes4) September 8, 2018
Remembering Bill Daily 1927-2018 pic.twitter.com/lszhI8CEQl— Norman Charles (@NormanCharles88) September 8, 2018
Anyone who knows me knows the esteem I hold both Bob Newhart’s long-running series in — so it’s rough learning of the passing of Bill Daily, the archetypical nutty neighbor (and the best pal a genie-owning astronaut ever had). https://t.co/gWGUvsBRUH— John Jackson Miller (@jjmfaraway) September 8, 2018
I will always remember this classic Bill Daily line from a 1976 episode of "The Bob Newhart Show". Sorry to hear that Bill passed away at age 91. pic.twitter.com/ETSTEIL7Ac— Norman Charles (@NormanCharles88) September 8, 2018
Once in LA, years ago, I didn’t have change for the parking meter. A nice gentleman pulled up behind me, fed his meter, and gave me a bag full of nickels for mine. That man was Bill Daily. Thanks again, and Rest In Peace my friend.— Robby (@robowski5951) September 8, 2018