Beloved Comedic Actor Dies In His Son's Home; Requesting Prayers

September 10, 2018

It comes with great sadness to report heartbreaking news of the death of a quick-witted, talented actor. While he began his career as a musician, writer, and director, fans are sure glad he dabbled in acting or we wouldn't have gotten the hilarious show, "I Dream of Jeannie.” Did you watch this show growing up?


At this time, we are asking our readers to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers as the family tries to navigate through this sad time. Many fans and celebrities have shared their thoughts and prayers with the family on social media sites, such as Twitter, and many fellow actors have paid tribute as well.


Actor Bill Daily, who was known for his comedic role as Roger Healey in the popular 1960s sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," has died, according to his son J. Patrick Daily. He was 91 years old.

According to his publicist Patterson Lundquist, Daily passed away at his son's home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tuesday, September 4.

He "was a very happy man. He was happy with everything he did," said Patrick Daily and added that his father loved New Mexico.

"One of his favorite ethos in life was, 'Happiness is a decision that you make' and he made the decision to be a happy guy," Patrick says.

Daily also on "The Bob Newhart Show," and appeared in 140 episodes, according to CNN. On "I Dream of Jeannie," which aired from 1965 to 1970, Daily played as an Army captain, later a major, in the space program. The title character was a 2,000-year-old genie who was played as Barbara Eden.

"Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed," Eden tweeted. "Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B #RIPBillDaily."

Patrick and Daily lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 30 years at a high rise that overlooked the Sandia Mountains.

Patrick said, "Every time I would come over he would say, 'Look at that view of the Sandia Mountains. Isn't it gorgeous?'"

"For me growing up with him, he gave me a great set of values of course, but, the best thing I got from my father was a sense of humor. I got his sense of humor," Patrick said.

While Patrick confirmed his death, he said there was no specific cause of the death. Please keep the Daily family in your thoughts and prayers!