Bill Daily, I Dream of Jeannie’ actor, dead at 91, family says

Bill Daily, an old resident of Albuquerque, N. M., he was director of the New Mexico Film Commission.


Bill Daily, known for its comic characters on the classic sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show,” died Tuesday in Santa Fe, N. M., his family said. He was 91.

Daily died of natural causes, his son, J. Patrick Daily, told the Hollywood Reporter.

The actor has played as a Maj. Roger Healey, the comical sidekick to Larry Hagman air force Captain Anthony Nelson, in all five years of NBC’s “I Dream of Jeannie,” which starred Barbara Eden in the title role and ran from 1965-1970. Hagman died in 2012 at age 81.

Bill Daily, comic foil on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ and ‘The Bob Newhart Show,’ dies at 91

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 8, 2018

Daily would go on to play Bob Newhart’s neighbor, a divorced airplane pilot Howard Borden, on CBS’ “The Bob Newhart Show” for six seasons, from 1972-1978.

His other TV credits are roles on “Alf,” “Bewitched,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Love American Style,” “Aloha, Paradise,” and “Starting from scratch.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Daily battled dyslexia and had to remember all the lines.

After the Daily’s own TV series ” Small & Frye,” only lasted three months in the 1980s, the old Albuquerque resident, he was director of the New Mexico Film Commission, Deadline reported.

Daily was born in Des Moines, Iowa, grew up in Chicago, and began his career as a standup comedian, according to Variety.

“He loved every sunset, he loved every meal he has just decided to be happy about everything,” his son told the outlet.

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