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Best known for his work on legendary sitcoms such as I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show, Bil lDaily was a born entertainer. After studying at the Goodman Theatre School in his youth, Daily left home to become a professional musician, playing bass with jazz bands across the Midwest, before getting drafted into the Army and serving in the Korean War with an artillery unit before being transferred to an entertainment unit. After leaving the service he made a name for himself in the Chicago comedy scene as a stand-up comic and writer, where he became buddies with Bob Newhart. Known for his upbeat, funny demeanor, he starred as Larry Hagman's astronaut friend Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie in the sixties, and Bob Newhart's offbeat neighbor Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show in the seventies, as well as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF in the eighties.
Daily passed away from natural causes at the age of 91, on September 8. Barbara Eden, his co-star on I Dream of Jeannie, said of his passing, "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." Bob Newhart added, "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."