Bill Daily of ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ dies at 91

SANTA MONICA CA- MARCH 13 Actor Bill Daily arrives at the 2005 TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar

SANTA MONICA CA- MARCH 13 Actor Bill Daily arrives at the 2005 TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar

Barbara Eden, who played Jeannie, tweeted praise of Daily as a "funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes".

Bill Daily, the affable TV actor who starred as Major Roger Healey in "I Dream of Jeannie" as well as on "The Bob Newhart Show", died September 4 in Santa Fe, N.M., his son J. Patrick Daily confirmed.

Daily's son, J. Patrick Daily, told The Hollywood Reporter that the sitcom star died of natural causes on Tuesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Bill Daily told Larry King in 2003 that he was a standup comedian when "I Dream of Jeannie" was being cast and he was originally set to play a character of "My Mother the vehicle".

"Billy was wonderful to work with, " Eden said.

She continued: 'He was a amusing, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. 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 from Scratch, and two of Newhart's other shows, Newhart and Bob - to name a few. Bob Hartley for 140 episodes between 1972 and 1978. It was his standup work that eventually led to his friendship with Newhart, who was a CPA by day and struggling comedian by night at the time, also honing his craft at local clubs.

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'Later, he joined the Bob Newhart Show. "He was one of the most positive people I ever knew, and we'll dearly miss him". He specialised in support, upping the comic moments of his co-stars - his Newhart character was, fittingly, a co-pilot - with a goofy warmth.

"I called him our bullpen man".

"Bill Daily & I go back to Chicago in the 50's", wrote Bob Newhart.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Daily was raised in Chicago and started out doing stand-up and announcing at a Chicago TV station.

The ALF actor reprised his role as Major Healey in two made-for-TV movies: 1985's I Dream of Jeannie...

Daily was a regular face on television between the 1960s and the 1980s. "I was awful. I think I was amusing, but I didn't know what I was doing".

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