Q: I Dream of…. ‘Blank’ — A: Bill Daily

dailyOne of my favorite game shows has always been MATCH GAME. I loved all the panelists and their wacky answers to the questions. One who was on the show for many years, since his first appearance in 1973, was Bill Daily. Daily was better known as the actor who starred as Major Roger Healey in the TV series, “I Dream of Jeannie.”  Daily has taken his Final Taxi.

After appearing in several TV shows in the 1960’s Daily wound up co-starring with Barbara Eden and Larry Hagman in the popular NBC comedy “I Dream of Jeannie. “ For five seasons he played Hagman’s best friend who was always wrangling a way to steal or use Jeannie’s magic power to his advantage. After “Jeannie” Daily appeared as Bob Newhart’s pilot neighbor Howard Borden on “The Bob Newhart Show”.  His character would frequently stop into Newhart’s apartment to borrow things, mooch a meal and leave his son. Some will remember Daily as psychiatrist Dr. Larry Dykstra on 1986’s “ALF.”

After that series ended, Daily acted frequently on TV until the late 1990s, including recurring roles in “Aloha Paradise” (1981), “Small & Frye” (1983), “Starting from Scratch” (1988-1989), and an “I Dream of Jeannie” reunion special or two.

Bill Daily was 91

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