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Overview (4)

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA  (natural causes)
Birth NameWilliam Edward Daily Jr.
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Congenial, unassuming and always ingratiating comic actor Bill Daily came to fame as the bumbling, jittery playboy astronaut Roger Healy, best buddy and sidekick to Larry Hagman's accident-prone Tony Nelson in the perennial sitcom favourite I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Though his role had initially been earmarked for Don Dubbins, the show's creator and executive producer Sidney Sheldon (with possible input from Hagman) made the impromptu decision to cast the relatively unknown Iowa native instead.

Daily had started his professional life as a musician playing bass with a local jazz combo called 'Jack and the Beanstalks'. Having completed compulsory military service during the Korean War he took on acting studies at the Goodman Theater College in Chicago. After graduating, he worked briefly as an announcer and staff director for NBC and subsequently developed his own stand-up comedy act which he took to nightclubs across the mid-west. By 1960, Daily contributed material for comedic sketches to Westinghouse Broadcasting for use in popular variety shows hosted by Mike Douglas, Merv Griffin and Steve Allen. Douglas also occasionally featured him in sketches. Daily was well on his way to accumulating the credentials to becoming a top comedy writer when Sheldon noticed him in a small supporting role in Bewitched (1964) (his TV debut). While now happily employed at Columbia/NBC as the affable Major Healy, Daily continued to moonlight as a writer for assorted food commercials. In the wake of 'Jeanie', he enjoyed an even longer run (six seasons) as the star's annoying neighbour and clueless comic foil on The Bob Newhart Show (1972).

During his later career he made numerous guest appearances, frequently as a panellist on TV shows like Match Game (1973) (which inspired the later UK franchise Blankety Blank (1978)). He also tried his hand hosting several youth-oriented specials on magic ('Bill Daily's Hocus-Pocus Gang') and appeared at conventions with his former co-stars for nostalgic reunions.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: I.S.Mowis

Spouse (3)

Rebecca Duemler (1993 - 15 February 2010) (her death)
Vivian L Sanchez (15 July 1979 - ?) (divorced)
Patricia Anderson (3 September 1949 - 3 January 1976) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

Handsome, witty and appealing supporting actor best known for playing Major Healey on I Dream of Jeannie (1965).
His nephew, Dick Daily, is a popular Hollywood reporter for several radio stations in Australia.
Father of J. Patrick Daily.
Daughter Kimberley born in 1959. Son Patrick born in 1957.
During the Korean War, Daily was drafted into the army, sent to Korea and served in an artillery unit. He met actor/musician Dick Contino there and the two would travel to various units giving shows. Contino would sing and play the accordion and Daily, who was an accomplished musician, would play the stand-up bass.
He knew Bob Newhart in Chicago before they were first well-known and 15 years before he joined the cast of The Bob Newhart Show (1972).
He had been writing for comedian Steve Allen when he and his wife adopted a child. His first role on television was on the series Bewitched (1964) where he picked a boy staying with the Stephenses whom they were adopting.
Also known for the role of Howard Borden the divorced neighbor of doctor Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (1972).
Daughter named Becca with Vivian Sanchez.
Signed autographs at Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, California. Semi-retired in Albuquerque, New Mexico. [October 2004]
Friends with Larry Hagman, and Bob Newhart.
Daily was cremated. His ashes were sprinkled outside downtown Santa Fe.
Is the only I Dream of Jeannie (1965) regular cast member to have appeared (in a guest spot) on it's so-called rival show, Bewitched (1964).
Daily's second wife, Vivian Sanchez, an actress was his touring partner in a play called Lover's Leap.
Daily guest starred on ALF as Lawrence "Larry" Dykstra, a psychiatrist. ALF said he learned about psychiatry from watching The Bob Newhart Show. Jack Riley, who played Elliot Carlin on Bob Newhart, appeared as Larry's patient on ALF.
Daily and his third wife Becca named their dog Hi Bob, after the line his character said repeatedly on The Bob Newhart show.

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