Bill Daily, side­kick on hit sit­coms, dies

Ripon Bulletin - - Local/Nation -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Bill Daily, the comic side­kick to lead­ing men on the sit­coms “I Dream of Jean­nie” and “The Bob Ne­whart Show,” has died, a fam­ily spokesman said Satur­day.

Daily died of nat­u­ral causes in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico, on Tues­day, at his home where he had been liv­ing with his son, J. Pa­trick Daily, spokesman Steve Moyer told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

Daily was not a house­hold name but he was a house­hold face, fa­mil­iar to many mil­lions of baby-boomer view­ers in the 1960s and ‘70s from two of the era’s big­gest shows.

He played Ma­jor Roger Healy in all five sea­sons of “I Dream of Jean­nie” from 1965 to 1970. Healy was the as­tro­naut part­ner to Larry Hag­man’s Ma­jor An­thony Nel­son as both men tried to con­tain the an­tics of Jean­nie, the child­like blond bomb­shell who lived in a bot­tle played by Bar­bara Eden.

Eden said on Twit­ter

Fri­day night that Daily was “Our fa­vorite zany as­tro­naut.”

“Billy was won­der­ful to work with,” Eden said. “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.”

Just two years later he landed a very sim­i­lar role and had an even longer run on “The Bob Ne­whart Show,” play­ing avi­a­tor Howard Bor­den be­hind Ne­whart’s psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Bob Hart­ley for 140 episodes be­tween 1972 and 1978.


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