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Funny Man Bill Daily, Star Of "I Dream Of Jeannie", Dies At The Age Of 91

Date September 10, 2018 17:06

Bill Daily caught the attention of television in 1965 when producers cast him as playboy astronaut Roger Healy in “I Dream of Jeannie.” However, he started out working as a musician, playing bass in a local jazz combo called 'Jack and the Beanstalks'.

Bill Daily is dead© I Dream of Jeannie (1965) / Screen Gems Network

After his military service, Daily attended Goodman Theater College in Chicago then took on a job as a radio announcer at NBC. Soon he began touring nightclubs with his stand-up comedy act across the mid-west.

Bill Daily is dead© I Dream of Jeannie (1965) / Screen Gems Network

Daily passed on of natural causes in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tuesday. His son, J. Patrick Daily, shared the information with The Hollywood Reporter. The jovial comedian spent 5 seasons (and 131 episodes) on NBC's “I Dream of Jeannie.”

Bill Daily is dead© I Dream of Jeannie (1965) / Screen Gems Network

While he may have seemed comfortable on television, Daily actually suffered from dyslexia and had a hard time reading scripts. He would often memorize his lines in order to record scenes.

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William Edward Daily was born on Aug. 30, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa. He stayed in Albuquerque for more than three decades. He was married three times and was living with his son and daughter-in-law Sharon.

Bill Daily is dead© I Dream of Jeannie (1965) / Screen Gems Network

Fans of the late TV star are shocked at the news and continue to pay their respects to Daily’s family online.

Daily had a lot of goodwill in Hollywood, thanks to his undeniable charm and sense of humor. His rep, Patterson Lundquist, shared this beautiful tribute with The Hollywood Reporter in an email.

 Bill's philosophy in life was that happiness was a decision you make. That was how he lived. Bill enjoyed every bit of his life to the fullest. There will not be a memorial service or funeral for family, friends and fans. Instead, Bill's final wish is to throw a party. Remember the good times and be happy.

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