William Daniels

Actor


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About this interview

In the two-hour, solo portion of his interview, William Daniels remembers his early years, and appearing on Broadway in “Life with Father.” He talks about early television roles on shows including Robert Montgomery PresentsSomerset Maugham TV Theater, and Captain Nice. He recalls his role in the classic feature “The Graduate,” and in the musical “1776.” He details his Emmy Award-winning role as "Dr. Mr. Craig" on St. Elsewhere and working with the cast on that show. Daniels discusses his role as "George Feeny" on Boy Meets World, and his stint as the president of the Screen Actors Guild. He concludes by discussing career achievements and how he’d like to be remembered. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on August 29, 2017 in Studio City, CA. 

In the one-hour, joint portion of their interview, William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett talk about how they met, and their move to New York. They speak of training with Lee Strasberg, and moving to Los Angeles where they eventually played husband and wife to great acclaim on St. Elsewhere. They talk about winning Emmy Awards together, and Bonnie later joining William on Boy Meets World. They conclude by discussing their life together. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on August 29, 2017 in Studio City, CA.

"Perform wherever you can. If it’s a living room, do it. If it’s a stage at school, do it. Whether it’s summer stock or whether it’s at a friend’s house, just do it and get that experience."

Highlights
William Daniels on appearing in the feature "The Graduate"
03:13
Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels on acting together after St. Elsewhere
03:54
William Daniels on appearing in the television movie A Case of Rape
01:18
William Daniels on being cast as "Dr. Mark Craig" on St. Elsewhere
03:15
William Daniels on his Boy Meets World character "Mr. Feeny," and on his relationship with the students
03:38
William Daniels on career achievements, regrets, and how he'd like to be remembered
03:39
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on his family singing on the radio when he was a child; on appearing on an experimental television broadcast in 1943; on appearing on Broadway in "Life with Father," and being in the Army
On moving to New York, and on appearing on Robert Montgomery Presents and Somerset Maugham TV Theatre; on starring in Buck Henry's Captain Nice, and on his friendship with Grant Tinker; on appearing in the feature "The Graduate"

Chapter 2

On being cast in "The Graduate" by Mike Nichols; on appearing in various television movies; on playing "KITT" on Knight Rider, and on guest-starring on various sitcoms
On being cast as "Dr. Mark Craig" on St. Elsewhere; on shooting the pilot for St. Elsewhere; on how he prepared to play "Dr. Mark Craig" on the show
On the writers of St. Elsewhere; on the "walk and talks" of St. Elsewhere, and on the directors of the show; on the cast of the show
On being recognized from St. Elsewhere and Boy Meets World, and on the popularity of St. Elsewhere; on the ending of St. Elsewhere, and on winning Emmy Awards; on appearing on Knight Rider and St. Elsewhere at the same time
On how he was cast as "George Feeny" on Boy Meets World; on his Boy Meets World character "Mr. Feeny," and on his relationship with the students and actors; on the longevity of the show, and on guest-starring on Girl Meets World
On what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay; on his distinctive voice; on how he approaches a script, and on being president of the Screen Actors Guild
On guest-starring on Grey's Anatomy; on advice to an aspiring actor; on career achievements, regrets, and how he'd like to be remembered
Shows

Bob Newhart Show, The (1972-78)

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William Daniels on appearing on The Bob Newhart Show and The Nancy Walker Show
02:12

Boy Meets World

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William Daniels on being recognized from St. Elsewhere and Boy Meets World, and on the popularity of St. Elsewhere
02:56
William Daniels on how he was cast as "Mr. Feeny" on Boy Meets World
02:23
William Daniels on his Boy Meets World character "Mr. Feeny," and on his relationship with the students
03:38
William Daniels on the cast of Boy Meets World
02:27
William Daniels on the longevity of Boy Meets World, and on the final episode of the series
03:23

Captain Nice

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William Daniels on starring in Buck Henry's Captain Nice, and on his friendship with Grant Tinker
03:12

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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William Daniels on winning Emmy Awards for St. Elsewhere
02:57

Grey's Anatomy

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William Daniels on guest-starring on Grey's Anatomy
01:18

Knight Rider

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William Daniels on appearing on McCloud and on being cast as the voice of "KITT" on Knight Rider
03:33
William Daniels on appearing on Knight Rider and St. Elsewhere at the same time
01:55

Nancy Walker Show, The

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William Daniels on appearing on The Bob Newhart Show and The Nancy Walker Show
02:12

Robert Montgomery Presents

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William Daniels on appearing on Robert Montgomery Presents and Somerset Maugham TV Theatre
02:04

St. Elsewhere

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William Daniels on being cast as "Dr. Mark Craig" on St. Elsewhere
03:15
William Daniels on shooting the pilot for St. Elsewhere
02:23
William Daniels on how he prepared to play "Dr. Mark Craig" on St. Elsewhere
05:02
William Daniels on the writers of St. Elsewhere
02:44
William Daniels on the "walk and talks" of St. Elsewhere, and on the directors of the show
02:32
William Daniels on Ed Begley, Jr. as "Dr. Victor Ehrlich" on St. Elsewhere
02:17
William Daniels on Ed Flanders as "Dr. Donald Westphall" on St. Elsewhere
00:51
William Daniels on Norman Lloyd as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere
01:11
William Daniels on Howie Mandel as "Dr. Wayne Fiscus" on St. Elsewhere
01:10
William Daniels on David Morse as "Dr. Jack Morrison" on St. Elsewhere
00:44
William Daniels on Christina Pickles as "Nurse Helen Rosenthal" on St. Elsewhere
00:52
William Daniels on Denzel Washington as "Dr. Philip Chandler" on St. Elsewhere
00:48
William Daniels on Mark Harmon as "Dr. Robert Caldwell" on St. Elsewhere
00:41
William Daniels on being recognized from St. Elsewhere and Boy Meets World, and on the popularity of St. Elsewhere
02:56
William Daniels on the ending of St. Elsewhere, and on winning Emmy Awards
03:48
William Daniels on appearing on Knight Rider and St. Elsewhere at the same time
01:55
Topics

Advice

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William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor
01:18

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24

Emmy Awards

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William Daniels on winning Emmy Awards for St. Elsewhere
02:57

Pivotal Career Moments

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24

Technological Innovation

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William Daniels on appearing on an experimental television broadcast in 1943
00:58

Television Industry

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William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor
01:18
Professions

Actor

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24
William Daniels on his distinctive voice
01:13
William Daniels on how he approaches a script, and on being president of the Screen Actors Guild
05:47
William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor
01:14

Performers

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William Daniels on what he likes about acting, and on his mentor Howard Lindsay
03:24
William Daniels on his distinctive voice
01:13
William Daniels on how he approaches a script, and on being president of the Screen Actors Guild
05:47
William Daniels on advice to an aspiring actor
01:14
Genres

Classic Anthology Series

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William Daniels on appearing on Robert Montgomery Presents and Somerset Maugham TV Theatre
02:04

Comedy Series

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William Daniels playing "George Feeny" on Boy Meets World
13:10
William Daniels on appearing on The Bob Newhart Show and The Nancy Walker Show
02:12

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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William Daniels on appearing on McCloud and on being cast as the voice of "KITT" on Knight Rider
03:34

Medical Dramas

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William Daniels on playing "Dr. Mark Craig" on St. Elsewhere
33:41

TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials

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William Daniels on appearing in the television movie A Case of Rape
01:18
William Daniels on playing G. Gordon Liddy in Blind Ambition
01:02
People

Bonnie Bartlett

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William Daniels on meeting his wife, Bonnie Bartlett
02:00

Ed Begley, Jr.

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William Daniels on Ed Begley, Jr. as "Dr. Victor Ehrlich" on St. Elsewhere
02:16

Mark Harmon

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William Daniels on Mark Harmon as "Dr. Robert Caldwell" on St. Elsewhere
00:41

Buck Henry

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William Daniels on starring in Buck Henry's Captain Nice, and on his friendship with Grant Tinker
03:14

Norman Lloyd

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William Daniels on Norman Lloyd as "Dr. Daniel Auschlander" on St. Elsewhere
01:11

Howie Mandel

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William Daniels on Howie Mandel as "Dr. Wayne Fiscus" on St. Elsewhere
01:10

Mike Nichols

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William Daniels on being cast in "The Graduate" by Mike Nichols
00:59

Grant Tinker

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William Daniels on starring in Buck Henry's Captain Nice, and on his friendship with Grant Tinker
03:14

Denzel Washington

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William Daniels on Denzel Washington as "Dr. Philip Chandler" on St. Elsewhere
00:48

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