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William Daniels



American actor William Daniels was teamed at age 6 with his sister Jackie in a song-and-dance act that would become "The Daniels Family" when his other sister Carol joined. At the height of their activity, the Daniels were performing in as many as three radio shows per week, a welcome break from the harshness of their Brooklyn neighborhood. Acting in the long-running Broadway play Life with Father in 1945, Daniels was advised by the play's star and co-author Howard Lindsey to attend college just in case the acting business fell apart; after Army service and graduation from Northwestern University, Daniels found that, for him, the business had fallen apart. His confidence eroded by several years of relative inactivity, Daniels nearly turned down an opportunity to play Brick in a road company production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, but the play's author Tennessee Williams insisted upon casting him.



In 1960, the actor was cast with George Maharis in the Edward Albee play The Zoo Story, which won him the Obie and Clarence Derwent Awards and led to such choice Broadway assignments as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and A Thousand Clowns. Much to his own amazement, Daniels found himself cast in a superhero-spoof sitcom, Captain Nice, in 1967, which fortunately wasn't on long enough to typecast him. The actor achieved recognition of a more positive nature for his role as Dustin Hoffman's obtuse father in The Graduate (1967) (he was all of ten years older than Hoffman). Daniels' role as John Adams in the 1969 Broadway musical 1776 resulted in another strong film showing when the play was transferred to celluloid in 1972. Reportedly as reserved and taciturn as his screen characters in real life, Daniels was perhaps ideally cast as the abrasive Dr. Mark Craig on the long-running (1982-88) TV drama St. Elsewhere; appearing as Mrs. Craig was Bonnie Bartlett, to whom Daniels had been married since college. Despite his high visibility in both films and television, William Daniels is probably best known internationally for a continuing TV role in which he was never seen--the ever-correct computerized voice of K.I.T.T., the superpowered automobile on the action series Knight Rider (1982-86).



In the coming years, Daniels would continue to remain as active as ever, playing the beloved Mr. Feeny on the sitcom Boy Meets World, and making memorable appearances on shows like The Closer and Boston Legal.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
69% Blades of Glory
  • Commissioner Ebbers
2007
No Score Yet The Lottery
  • Rev. Hutchinson
1996
No Score Yet Magic Kid II
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet Knight Rider 2000
  • KITT
1991
No Score Yet Skin
  • Actor
1990
15% Her Alibi
  • Sam
1989
21% Blind Date
  • Judge Harold Bedford
1987
No Score Yet The Little Match Girl
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet Rehearsal for Murder
  • Walter Lamb
1982
94% Reds
  • Julius Gerber
1981
29% All Night Long
  • Richard H. Copleston
1981
11% The Blue Lagoon
  • Arthur LeStragne
1980
No Score Yet Damien: The Leper Priest
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet City in Fear
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Conquest of the Earth
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Rebels
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Sunburn
  • Crawford
1979
No Score Yet Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The Bastard
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet The One and Only
  • Mr. Crawford
1978
72% Oh, God!
  • George Summers
1977
71% Black Sunday
  • Pugh
1977
No Score Yet Killer on Board
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Sergeant Matlovich Vs. the U.S. Air Force
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet The Adams Chronicles
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Francis Gary Powers: Story of the U-2 Spy Incident
  • Bissell
1976
92% The Parallax View
  • Austin Tucker
1974
64% 1776
  • John Adams
1972
71% Marlowe
  • Mr. Crowell
1969
89% The Graduate
  • Mr. Braddock
1967
80% The President's Analyst
  • Wynn Quantrill
1967
80% Two for the Road
  • Howard Manchester
1967
69% A Thousand Clowns
  • Albert
1965
No Score Yet Ladybug, Ladybug
  • Mr. Calkins
1963

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Dr. Thomas
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Scrubs
2001-2010
  • Dr. Douglas
No Score Yet The Closer
2005-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Girl Meets World
2014
  • Mr. Feeny
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Milton Brody

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