Star Of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Dies at Age 91
Bill Daily, who played Major Healey in the 1960’s popular sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” has passed away at the age of 91. He died of natural causes on September 4th, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.The comedy actor had many other roles that included “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Alf”. He was a beloved star loved by many people all across America.
Bill Daily’s most popular role was Major Healey. Major Healey was the crazy best friend of Anthony Nelson, the NASA astronaut who was played by the late Larry Hagman. He was featured on “I Dream of Jeannie” for all five seasons.He was known as being a wacky character on the show.
Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed. Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B #RIPBillDaily pic.twitter.com/OVZjaWB9CP— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) September 8, 2018
In honor of his passing, Barbara Eden, who played Jeannie on the show, posted a picture on Twitter of her former costar. Alongside the picture, she wrote a brief caption saying how thankful she was to be able to work with him. She stated he was a funny and sweet man who always kept everyone on their toes. He said he was a wonderful person to have worked with.
Bob Newhart, who Bill Daily worked with on “The Bob Newhart Show”, also wrote a message on Twitter saying how much he missed him and their experience together on the show. Bob Newhart claimed Bill Daily was a man you could always count on and go to for everything.
Bill Daily & I go back to Chicago in the 50's. He and I were both trying to get into standup. Later, he joined the Bob Newhart Show. He was our bullpen guy - you could always go to him. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known. I will miss him dearly— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) September 8, 2018
Bill Daily is survived by his son, J. Patrick Daily, who confirmed the news of his father’s passing. When he spoke to Variety, he said his father was a man who loved everything and decided to be happy. It was a choice he made to be a positive person.
Daily was born in Des Moines, Iowa on August 30th, 1927. He had his first major acting role on the TV show “Bewitched” in 1964. He even had his own sitcom in 1983, “Small & Frye”, that lasted for three months. Along with his acting, he also had regular appearances on “Match Game” and “Hollywood Squares”.
Throughout his career, he brought joy and laughter wherever he went. He entertained audiences all over the world. His positive attitude and laughter are something he will be remembered for. He will be forever remembered and missed by many.
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