Bill Daily aka Major Roger Healey on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ Dies

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Bill Daily, best known to TV audiences for his role as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie, and as commercial airline navigator Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Show, has died at the age of 91.

Daily passed away on Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, N.M.

More about Actor and Comedian Bill Daily:

Daily also occasionally served as a panelist on the 1970s CBS game show Match Game and after Richard Dawson’s departure, Daily was a semi-regular for the final three years of the show’s CBS and syndicated run.

Daily appeared in guest spots on My Mother the Car, The Farmer’s Daughter and Bewitched.

In 1972, two years after Jeannie was canceled, Daily was back on television in another aviator’s uniform, as Howard Borden in The Bob Newhart Show.

In 1987, he was named director of the New Mexico Film Commission.

Daily married his first wife, Patricia Anderson, in 1949. In 1976, the couple divorced. Daily had two adopted children, a son, Patrick, and a daughter, Kimberley.

In 1980 he married Vivian Sanchez, with whom he traveled on the road, performing Lover’s Leap for two years, and with whom he had one child. He and Sanchez later divorced.

From 2006 to February 2009, he was a guest host on radio station KBQI, 107.9, in Albuquerque, on Thursday mornings.

He was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Korean War with an artillery unit, later being transferred to an entertainment unit.

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