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Also Known As: William David Daniels Died:
Born: March 31, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A multi-award-winning veteran of both stage and television, William Daniels mastered the art of the withering comment and the verbal dressing-down in such acclaimed series as "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000), as well as in numerous television movies, Broadway plays and feature films. A child performer with his siblings in the early 1940s, he segued smoothly into adult roles; first on stage in "1776" and later in its feature adaptation, which led to a string of turns as John Adams. "St. Elsewhere" defined Daniels' screen persona - erudite, cutting, but vulnerable beneath the iron-plated surface - and he essayed variations on the role for the next 20 years. His status as a geek object of affection was solidified when he lent his voice to KITT, the talking car and best friend to David Hasselhoff on the 1980s TV staple, "Knight Rider" (NBC, 1982-86) Daniels also served briefly as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which added another level of respect for his lengthy and esteemed career.

A multi-award-winning veteran of both stage and television, William Daniels mastered the art of the withering comment and the verbal dressing-down in such acclaimed series as "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-88) and "Boy Meets World" (ABC, 1993-2000), as well as in numerous television movies, Broadway plays and feature films. A child performer with his siblings in the early 1940s, he segued smoothly into adult roles; first on stage in "1776" and later in its feature adaptation, which led to a string of turns as John Adams. "St. Elsewhere" defined Daniels' screen persona - erudite, cutting, but vulnerable beneath the iron-plated surface - and he essayed variations on the role for the next 20 years. His status as a geek object of affection was solidified when he lent his voice to KITT, the talking car and best friend to David Hasselhoff on the 1980s TV staple, "Knight Rider" (NBC, 1982-86) Daniels also served briefly as the president of the Screen Actors Guild, which added another level of respect for his lengthy and esteemed career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Blades of Glory (2007)
2.
 Lottery, The (1996) Reverend Hutchinson
3.
 Back to the Streets of San Francisco (1992) Judge Julius Burns
4.
 Knight Rider 2000 (1991) Voice Of Kitt
5.
6.
 Her Alibi (1989) Sam
7.
8.
 Little Match Girl, The (1987) Haywood Dutton
9.
 Blind Date (1987) Judge Harold Bedford
10.
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Performed with family in NYC in 1930s
1939:
Broadway debut, "Life With Father" (as child actor)
1949:
Film debut, "Family Honeymoon"
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Appeared in stage productions throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including "Look Back in Anger" (1958) and "On a Clear Day You Can See Forever" (1965)
1952:
TV debut, "The Somerset Maugham Theatre" (ABC)
1960:
Starred in "The Zoo Story" on New York stage
1962:
Cast as the fiance of the social worker heroine (Sandy Dennis) in "A Thousand Clowns" on Broadway
1967:
Played Ben Braddock's father in "The Graduate"
1967:
First series, title role in "Captain Nice" (NBC)
1969:
Played John Adams in "1776" on Broadway; refused a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical
1972:
Reprised stage role in film "1776"
1974:
Succeeded Len Cariou as Frederick Egermann in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical "A Little Night Music"
1976:
Played John Quincy Adams in the PBS miniseries "The Adams Chronicles"
1976:
Was Lt. Cdr. Kitteridge on "The Nancy Walker Show" (ABC)
1978:
Played Samuel Adams in "The Bastard" (ABC)
1979:
Cast as G. Gordon Liddy in the CBS miniseries "Blind Ambition"
1979:
Played John Adams in ABC miniseries "The Rebels"
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had regular role of D.A. Cruikshank on "Freebie and the Bean" (CBS)
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Provided the voice of KITT, the car, on "Knight Rider" (NBC)
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Appeared as Dr. Mark Craig on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC); won two Emmy Awards for his work
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Portrayed Mr. Feeny on ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World"
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Education

High School of Music and Art: New York , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois - 1950

Notes

When Daniels was a teen performing in "Life With Father" on Broadway, the show's playwright, Howard Lindsay, took him under his wing. Daniels later said: "[Lindsay] taught me all about theater--how to behave on stage, how to play a laugh. He also taught me respect and discipline."

Daniels refused a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical feeling that his role as John Adams was a lead; at his request, his name was removed from the ballot.

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wife:
Bonnie Bartlett. Actor. Co-starred together as husband and wife on "St. Elsewhere".

Family close complete family listing

father:
David Daniels. Builder.
mother:
Irene Daniels. Actor.
son:
Robert Daniels. Artist.
son:
Michael Daniels. Opera singer.
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