William Daniels is an American performer that has mastered both screen and stage. Taking the stage in an extremely young age, Daniels has reach many career landmarks; starring on multiple television series, winning two Emmy Awards and holding office as president of the Screen Actors Guild. A well-respected performer, Daniels continues to work in most areas of the business.
Celebrity William David Daniels was born in Brooklyn, Ny, on March 31, 1927, to parents David, an area contractor, and Irene Daniels. Beginning in an extremely young age, it appeared that Daniels was destined to be an entertainer. The kids became successful and afterwards took on their younger sister, Carol, as well as the three created the radio show, The Daniels Family.
At age 15, Daniels hit the road understudying two characters in the success play Life With Father. When it came time for the play to make its Broadway debut, Daniels was also prepared for his own. He was cast in the show as John and afterwards took on the function of Clarence Jr. He stayed in the show for 2 plus a half years. Upon his return in the military, Daniels registered in the theatre program at Northwestern University. It was at Northwestern where Daniels met and married fellow play major Bonnie Bartlett.
He found little other success during his first couple of years out of school. It was not until 1957, when renowned playwright Tennessee Williams picked Daniels to impersonate the character of Brick in the national company tour of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, that Daniels’ career began to take off. This part was the start of Daniels’ constant success on stage.
In 1965, Daniels recreated his role as Albert in the Hollywood movie version of A Thousand Clowns. He continued to get success in the film industry in 1967’s The Graduate where Daniels impersonated Dustin Hoffman’s character’s dad. Exactly the same year, Daniels was cast as a lead in the short lived NBC show Capitan Nice.
Daniels got what’s potentially the most important part of his career in 1982 as heart surgeon Dr. Mark Craig on the success series St. Elsewhere. His wife, Bonnie, who impersonated his wife on the show, also won an Emmy in 1986—making the couple just the second in film history to win Emmys on the same night. As if his hands were not complete enough with one hit show, Daniels also supplied the voice of KITT, the unnaturally intelligent superb auto on Knight Rider (1982 86).
After both show finished, Daniels career still flourished. In 1993, Daniels taken the part of Mr. Feeny, principal of John Adams High School, on the show Boy Meets World (1993-2000). The show was incredibly well-received, becoming one among the most famous shows of its own time among youthful crowds.
He won the presidency in a landslide vote and held the office for just one period. He determined to not seek another period, however he along with his wife Bonnie were given seats on the board of directors.
In 2013, Daniels agreed to reprise the character of the precious Mr. Feeny on an updated version of Boy Meets World entitled Girl Meets World.