Bill Daily, ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Star, Dead at 91

Rest in peace, Bill Daily. 

The actor, perhaps best known as Major Healey on I Dream of Jeannie, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 91. 

Daily’s son, J. Patrick Daily, confirmed the news to Variety, revealing of which his father died of natural causes on Tuesday in Santa Fe, completely new Mexico. “He loved every sunset, he loved every meal,” he told the outlet of his father. “He just decided to be happy about everything.”

Daily starred as Major Healey on all all 5 seasons of I Dream of Jeannie, afterwhich he spent six seasons on The Bob Newhart Show as Newhart’s neighbor, Howard Borden. His first TV role was on Bewitched, though he went on to have parts on Mary Tyler Moore, CHiPs, The Love Boat, Aloha Paradise, Starting through Scratch, in addition to two of Newhart’s additional shows, Newhart in addition to Bob, to name a few. 

I Dream of Jeannie star Barbara Eden remembered Daily on Twitter. “Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed. Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man of which kept us all on our toes. I’m so thankful to have known in addition to worked with of which rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B,” she wrote, as Newhart also honored his former co-star. 

“Bill Daily & I go back to Chicago inside the 50’s.  He in addition to I were both trying to get into standup,” Newhart tweeted on Friday. “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.” 

Daily had a recurring role as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF through 1987, in addition to went on to have his own sitcom, called smaller & Frye, though the series only lasted for three months in 1983. He also hosted several magic specials throughout his career, in addition to made appearances on game shows like Match Game in addition to Hollywood Squares. 

Daily is usually survived by his son, J. Patrick, who works as a key grip for motion pictures. 

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