Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

"Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed".

Bill Daily, the affable TV actor who starred as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie as well as on The Bob Newhart Show, has died aged 91.

"Billy was wonderful to work with, " Eden said. "He was a amusing, sweet man that kept us all on our toes", she tweeted. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Bob Hartley for 140 episodes between 1972 and 1978. "He and I were both trying to get into standup", Newhart tweeted on Friday. He was our bullpen guy - you could always go to him. When the pilot wasn't picked up, writer-producers Lorenzo Music and David Davis cast him as the perpetually jetlagged neighbor of Chicago psychologist Bob and Emily Hartley, played by Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette, on The Bob Newhart Show. He specialised in support, upping the comic moments of his co-stars - his Newhart character was, fittingly, a co-pilot - with a goofy warmth.

Born in Iowa, Daily's career in entertainment began in a comedic jazz trio. Appearing in variety shows drew him into stand-up comedy and then acting.

He also returned to his role as Healey for two "Jeannie" TV movie spin-offs in 1985 and 1991.

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Daily was a regular face on television between the 1960s and the 1980s.

"And I said, 'Well, I'll do it.' I didn't know what it was", he told King. In addition to The Bob Newhart Show, he also appeared on Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love American Style, Aloha, Paradise and Starting from Scratch.

In his last well-known role, he played a psychiatrist on the cult hit alien-puppet sitcom Alf from 1987 to 1989. He was married three times, and was preceded in death by his wife Becky and two of his children.

Daily is survived by his son, J. Patrick, who works as a key grip for motion pictures. He had been living for several years in New Mexico with his son and son's wife Sharon.

Bill Daily, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, N.M., became director of the New Mexico Film Commission.

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