Bill Daily

William Edward Daily Jr. (August 30, 1927 – September 4, 2018) was an American performing artist and comic referred to for his sitcom work as Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie and Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show.

Early life and early profession

William Edward Daily, Jr. was conceived on August 30, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa. His dad kicked the bucket when Daily was youthful and he was raised by his mom and other relatives. In 1939, he moved with his family from Des Moines to Chicago, Illinois, where he spent whatever remains of his childhood. Following graduation from Lane Technical High School, Daily left home to end up an expert performer and played upright bass with jazz groups in various clubs crosswise over the Midwest. In the mid 1950s, he was drafted into the United States Army, serving in the Korean War with a big guns unit before being later exchanged to a diversion unit.

Bill Daily
Bill Daily

Comic drama vocation


Following his opportunity in the Army, Daily started performing stand-up comedy and step by step started playing a portion of the greater clubs in the country. Subsequent to moving on from the Goodman Theater School, Daily worked for the NBC television station in Chicago, WMAQ, as a broadcaster and floor director. He in the end turned into a staff director.[1] Daily expressed that getting ready for a Chicago-area Emmy Award telecast, he asked a young Bob Newhart to think of a routine about press operators that brought about the routine “Abe Lincoln versus Madison Avenue”.

1960s to mid 1970s

Day by day showed up in visitor spots on My Mother the Car, The Farmer’s Daughter and Bewitched. Veteran sitcom writer Sidney Sheldon liked Daily’s work and employed him for a supporting part on I Dream of Jeannie.

In 1972, two years after Jeannie was dropped, Daily was back on TV in another pilot’s uniform, as Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show. Borden, a business aircraft guide who later turned into a co-pilot, lived over the corridor from Bob Newhart’s Bob Hartley character, and would as often as possible fly into the Hartleys’ condo to obtain things, mooch a feast, or have the Hartleys deal with his child when he had care of him.

Bill Daily
Bill Daily in action

Mid-1970s through 1990s

For the two years that followed The Bob Newhart Show, Daily came back to stand-up, however in 1980, following quite a while of bringing home the bacon as a second banana, Daily was offered his own show. Called Small and Frye, the show included Daily as a hypochondriac specialist; it endured just three months previously being dropped. Every day, a deep rooted admirer of enchantment, made three syndicated specials presenting young magicians called Bill Daily’s Hocus-Pocus Gang which broadcast in 1982 and 1983.

Day by day once in a while filled in as a specialist on the 1970s CBS amusement show Match Game. After Richard Dawson’s takeoff, Daily was a semi-standard for the last three long stretches of the show’s CBS and syndicated run.[citation needed]

In 1988, Daily attempted his hand again at featuring parts, this time as another specialist on the sitcom Starting From Scratch. The show fared marginally better than Frye, however was dropped after one season. Day by day’s most striking post-Newhart role was another supporting character, that of Larry the therapist on the faction favorite ALF (1986). Jack Riley appeared as an anonymous patient, unmistakably repeating Elliot Carlin from The Bob Newhart Show. ALF professed to have adapted all he thought about brain science from viewing the prior arrangement.

Individual life and demise

Every day wedded his first spouse, Patricia Anderson, in 1949. In 1976, the couple separated. Day by day had two received kids, a child, Patrick, and a girl, Kimberley who is deceased. In 1980 he wedded Vivian Sanchez, with whom he went out and about, performing Lover’s Leap for two years, and with whom he had one youngster, Becca. He and Sanchez later separated.

In 1993, he wedded his third spouse, Becky. The couple stayed together until her demise in 2010.

Bill Daily kicked the bucket on September 4, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His passing was reported by his family three days after the fact.


Film and Television

Year Title Role Notes

1964 Bewitched Mr. Johnson Episode: “A Vision of Sugar Plums”

1965 The Farmer’s Daughter Manfred Episode: “Katy by Moonlight”

1965– 70 I Dream of Jeannie Major Roger Healey Main cast (131 scenes)

1965 My Mother the Car Phil Durkin Episode: “The De-Fenders”

1965 The Farmer’s Daughter Gallery Manager Episode: “Always Is a Cast Iron Mess”

1969 In Name Only Peter Garrity TV film

1971 The Barefoot Executive Navigator Feature film

1971 Inside O.U.T. Ron Hart TV pilot scene

1972 Love, American Style Larry “Love and the Single Sister” section

1972 Getting Together McAdam Episode: “Beaten down Melody”

1972 The Mary Tyler Moore Show Peter “Pete” Peterson Episode: “His Two Right Arms”

1972– 78 The Bob Newhart Show Howard Borden Main cast (140 scenes)

1972 Love, American Style Donald Baxter “Love and the Country Girl” section

1978 Murder at the Mardi Gras Jack Murphy TV film

1978 Flying High Bob Griffen Recurring part (2 scenes)

1979 $weepstake$ Fred Episode #1.1

1979 Rendezvous Hotel Walter Grainger TV film

1979 CHiPs Balford Episodes: “Roller Disco” (Parts 1 and 2)

1979 The Love Boat Paul Turner Segment: “Lease a Family” (Parts 1 and 2)

1980 Valentine Magic on Love Island Charles TV film

1980 Alone at Last Greg Elliott TV pilot scene

1981 Aloha Paradise Curtis Shea Main cast (8 scenes)

1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Frank Trenton Episode: “Adrenaline junkie”

1983 Trapper John, M.D. Mr. Stevens Episode: “The Spy Who Bugged Me”

1983 Small and Frye Dr. Hanratty Main part (6 scenes)

1985 Comedy Factory The Mayor Episode: “Nectar, It’s the Mayor”

1985 I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later Col. Roger Healey TV film

1987– 89 ALF Dr. Lawrence ‘Larry’ Dykstra Recurring part (4 scenes)

1988– 89 Starting from Scratch Dr. James Shepherd Main cast (22 scenes)

1990 Newhart Sam Leary Episode: “Great Neighbor Sam”

1990 The Munsters Today Count Strimpkin Episode: “Thicker Than Water”

1991 I Still Dream of Jeannie Col. Roger Healey TV film

1991 The Bob Newhart Show: The nineteenth Anniversary Special Howard Borden TV exceptional

1991 Alligator II: The Mutation Mayor Anderson Direct-to-video movie

1992– 93 Bob Vic Victor Recurring part (2 scenes)

1997 George and Leo The Pilot Episode: “The Cameo Show”

1997 The Naked Truth Doc Episode: “He Ain’t Famous, He’s My Brother”

1997 Caroline in the City Charlie’s Father Recurring part (2 scenes)

2010 Horrorween GrandPa Feature film