William Daniels Biography, the American actor was born on March 31, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to Irene and David Daniels. David Daniels was a bricklayer.
Early Life and Parent
William Daniels grew up in East Brooklyn with his two sisters, Jacqueline and Carol. He was a member of the singing Daniels group where his career began. It was a family singing group in Brooklyn. His debut was in 1943 as part of a variety act. Some of his family members were in it too. “Life With Father” in the same year was his Broadway debut comedy and it opened windows for other Broadway acting roles some of which include, “A Thousand Clowns”, “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever”, and “A Little Light Music.” He was a Broadway actor for a long time.
“The Zoo Story” (Albee Edward, 1958) won him an Obie Award in 1960.
William Daniels Career
He made his motion picture debut when he was 36 years old, that was, in 1963. The debut film, “Ladybug, Ladybug” was an anti-war drama film where he played the role of a school principal. The next to follow was “A Thousand Clowns” in 1965 where he reprised his role as Albert Amundson, a child welfare worker from the Broadway version. Then in 1967, he played a supporting role as the father of Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) in “The Graduate.”
Every actor is always on the lookout for that long break that they will get to prove their acting prowess. Well, Willam Daniels’ came with a major role in 1967 where he played the role of a superhero in a television series whose source of power was a super serum. In “Captain Nice,” Daniels was a police chemist (Carter Nash) which was only 15 episodes.
For his network appearance, it was in 1952 where he played the role of John Quincy Adams in “A Woman for the Ages” as the son of John and Abigail Adams. The television network film was a Hallmark Hall of Fame.
“St. Elsewhere” of 1982-1986 won him two Emmy Awards where he was featured as Dr. Mark Craig.
He played the voice of KIIT in the “Knight Rider,” at about that time too (from 1982-1886). Daniels revealed that it was a simple role that needed his voice only. There was no time he made an appearance on set.
Highly acclaimed films in which he provided his voice include, “Kim Possible,” “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” “Knight Rider 2000,” and “The Simpsons” among others. The role of KIIT was reprised in the Lego Dimensions video game for its action-adventure theme in 2015.
In the movies, “The Rockford Files,” “Quincy,” “M. E,” “Kolchak,” and “The Night Stalker,” he made his appearances as a star guest. He also appeared as a guest star in “Grey’s Anatomy” ninth season in 2012. He played the role of an unpromising mentor to a fellow physician. The character had died in the course of an operation.
Daniels played the role of an informed, wise, good neighbor, and hilarious teacher that was both compassionate and a role model to his students in, “Boy Meets World.” Daniels had previously had the producer make some changes to the character, Mr. Fenny before he had accepted to play the role. He told Today, in an interview that, “I wanted him, Mr. Fenny, to be written with respect, which they were kind enough to do.” “Boy Meets World” was a family sitcom that ran from 1993-2000.
He won the Primetime Emmy Awards for the movie, “St. Elsewhere”, Viewers for Quality Television Awards, and Q Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama. He won these awards twice (1985-1987).
Private Life (Marriage and Family) and Net worth:
William Daniels got married in 1952 to actress, Bartlett. William is happily retired and living with his wife, Barlett. They had a son that had died when he was 24. Daniels has a net worth of $5 million.