It is with great sadness to report the death of Bill Daily who is best known for his comedic characters on the classic sitcoms “I Dream of Jeannie” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” He died on Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his family said. He was 91.
Mr. Daily died of natural causes, his son, J. Patrick Daily, told the Hollywood Reporter.
Fox News reports that the actor starred as Maj. Roger Healey, the comical sidekick to Larry Hagman’s Air Force Capt. 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. Larry Hagman died in 2012 at age 81 during the remake of “Dallas.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 8, 2018
Daily would go on to play Bob Newhart’s neighbor, divorced airline navigator Howard Borden, on CBS’ “The Bob Newhart Show” for six seasons, from 1972-1978.
His other TV credits include roles on “Alf,” “Bewitched,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Love American Style,” “Aloha, Paradise,” and “Starting from Scratch.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Daily battled dyslexia and had to memorize all his lines.
From Bill Daily’s Facebook page:
“I can confirm that our favorite funny man Bill Daily passed on Tuesday, September 4. He was 91 years young. Bill had retired from all public life only a few years ago. He recently moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico – his home for over 30 years – to Santa Fe, New Mexico to live with his son Patrick and family.
Bill was best known for his two most iconic roles – Maj. Roger Healey of “I Dream of Jeannie,” the girl crazy best-friend to Major Nelson; and the perpetually jet-lagged, Howard Borden of “The Bob Newhart Show.“
Bill’s philosophy in life was that happiness was a decision you make. That was how he lived. Bill enjoyed every bit of his life to the fullest. There will not be a memorial service or funeral for family, friends, and fans. Instead, Bill’s final wish is to throw a party. Remember the good times and be happy.”
I can confirm that our favorite funny man Bill Daily passed on Tuesday, September 4. He was 91 years young. Bill had…
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 just decided to be happy about everything,” his son told the outlet.
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.
Rest in peace my brother and thanks for the memories…