William Daniels

Actor
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 ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1927 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

Girl Meets World 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The President's Analyst 2008 (Movie)

Wynn Quantrill (Actor)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Commissioner Ebbers (Actor)

The King of Queens 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Scrubs 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurses 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1993 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lottery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Maybe This Time 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Clara 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Howard Beach: Making the Case For Murder 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Her Alibi 1989 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

St. Elsewhere 1982 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Match Girl 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Date 1987 (Movie)

Judge Harold Bedford (Actor)

Deja View 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 1982 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Princess Who Had Never Laughed 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Benjamin 1980 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

All Night Long 1981 (Movie)

Richard H Copleston (Actor)

Father Damien: The Leper Priest 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Freebie and the Bean 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Nuts and Bolts 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Reds 1981 (Movie)

Julius Gerber (Actor)

The Wonderful World of Philip Malley 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Lagoon 1980 (Movie)

Arthur Lestrange (Actor)

Boston and Kilbride 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Conquest of the Earth 1979 (Movie)

Norman (Actor)

Heaven on Earth 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

Crawford (Actor)

Black Sunday 1977 (Movie)

Pugh (Actor)

Instant Family 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Oh, God! 1977 (Movie)

George Summers (Actor)

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nancy Walker Show 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The One and Only 1977 (Movie)

Mr Crawford (Actor)

The Adams Chronicles 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

One of Our Own 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

Austin Tucker (Actor)

The Fabulous Dr. Fable 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

1776 1972 (Movie)

John Adams (Actor)

Captain Nice 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Graduate 1967 (Movie)

Mr Braddock (Actor)

Two For the Road 1967 (Movie)

Howard Manchester (Actor)

A Thousand Clowns 1964 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Ladybug, Ladybug 1963 (Movie)

Mr Calkins (Actor)

A Case of Rape (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Ambition (TV Show)

Actor

City in Fear (TV Show)

Actor

Drop-Out Father (TV Show)

Actor

Family Honeymoon (Movie)

Arch Armstrong (Actor)

Killer on Board (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Marlowe (Movie)

Mr. Crowell (Actor)

Murdock's Gang (TV Show)

Actor

Rehearsal For Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Rooster (TV Show)

Actor

The American Revolution (TV Show)

Voice

The Bastard (TV Show)

Actor

The Million Dollar Face (TV Show)

Actor

The Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Bonnie Bartlett

Wife
co-starred together as husband and wife on "St. Elsewhere"

David Daniels

Father

Irene Daniels

Mother

Michael Daniels

Son

Robert Daniels

Son

EDUCATION

High School of Music and Art

New York , New York

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1950

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

1979

Played John Adams in ABC miniseries "The Rebels"

1979

Cast as G. Gordon Liddy in the CBS miniseries "Blind Ambition"

1978

Played Samuel Adams in "The Bastard" (ABC)

1976

Played John Quincy Adams in the PBS miniseries "The Adams Chronicles"

1976

Was Lt. Cdr. Kitteridge on "The Nancy Walker Show" (ABC)

1974

Succeeded Len Cariou as Frederick Egermann in the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical "A Little Night Music"

1972

Reprised stage role in film "1776"

1968

Played John Adams in "1776" on Broadway; refused a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical

1967

First series, title role in "Captain Nice" (NBC)

1967

Played Ben Braddock's father in "The Graduate"

1962

Cast as the fiance of the social worker heroine (Sandy Dennis) in "A Thousand Clowns" on Broadway

1960

Starred in "The Zoo Story" on New York stage

1952

TV debut, "The Somerset Maugham Theatre" (ABC)

1949

Film debut, "Family Honeymoon"

1939

Broadway debut, "Life With Father" (as child actor)

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)

Provided the voice of KITT, the car, on "Knight Rider" (NBC)

Portrayed Mr. Feeny on ABC sitcom "Boy Meets World"

Appeared as Dr. Mark Craig on "St. Elsewhere" (NBC); won two Emmy Awards for his work

Performed with family in NYC in 1930s

had regular role of D.A. Cruikshank on "Freebie and the Bean" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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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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