William Daniels

William Daniels

  • Highest Rated: 90% Reds (1981)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% The Blue Lagoon (1980)
  • Birthday: Mar 31, 1927
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Along with his sisters, performed in their family's song-and-dance troupe, the Daniels Family, in New York. In his teens, he debuted on Broadway in Life With Father. Portrayed John Adams in the Broadway version of 1776 and reprised the role in the 1972 film. Worked hard to lose his Brooklyn accent, adopting an accent closer to that of his Boston-based character from the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere. Won an Emmy in 1986 along with wife Bonnie Bartlett for St. Elsewhere, on which they portrayed Dr. and Mrs. Mark Craig. The couple also played husband and wife on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World and the CBS drama Touched by an Angel. Elected president of the Screen Actors Guild in 1999, upsetting incumbent Richard Masur. Northwestern created the Willies-an annual awards ceremony for excellence in theater at his alma mater-in his name. The original voice of the talking car in NBC's Knight Rider, he reprised the voice of KITT for recordings on a Knight Rider GPS system created by Mio Technology.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

70% Blades of Glory Commissioner Ebbers $118.2M 2007
No Score Yet The Lottery Rev. Hutchinson 1996
No Score Yet Magic Kid II Actor 1994
No Score Yet Skin Actor 1990
14% Her Alibi Sam 1989
21% Blind Date Judge Harold Bedford 1987
No Score Yet The Little Match Girl Actor 1987
No Score Yet Rehearsal for Murder Walter Lamb 1982
90% Reds Julius Gerber 1981
29% All Night Long Richard H. Copleston 1981
9% The Blue Lagoon Arthur LeStragne 1980
No Score Yet Sunburn Crawford 1979
No Score Yet The Bastard Actor 1978
No Score Yet The One and Only Mr. Crawford 1978
72% Oh, God! George Summers 1977
69% Black Sunday Pugh 1977
No Score Yet The Adams Chronicles Actor 1976
90% The Parallax View Austin Tucker 1974
69% 1776 John Adams 1972
71% Marlowe Mr. Crowell 1969
88% The Graduate Mr. Braddock 1967
80% The President's Analyst Wynn Quantrill 1967
83% Two for the Road Howard Manchester 1967
69% A Thousand Clowns Albert 1965
No Score Yet Ladybug, Ladybug Mr. Calkins 1963

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Girl Meets World
2014-2017
Mr. Feeny
  • 2015
  • 2014
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Dr. Thomas
  • 2012
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Milton Brody
  • 2008
84% The Closer
2005-2012
  • 2006
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2004
No Score Yet The King of Queens
1998-2007
Philip
  • 2004
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
George
  • 2003
  • 1996
83% Scrubs
2001-2010
Dr. Douglas
  • 2002
No Score Yet Boy Meets World
1993-2000
George Feeny
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1998
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Director Dr. Mark Craig
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
Voice
  • 1984
  • 1982
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Dr. Slater
  • 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Volmer
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Thomas Caine Gary Bevins
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Stierwalt
  • 1973

QUOTES FROM William Daniels CHARACTERS

Arthur LeStragne
(last lines) Are they dead?
Captain
(last lines) No, sir. They're asleep.
Mr. Braddock
Have you thought about graduate school?
Benjamin Braddock
No.
Mr. Braddock
Would you mind telling me then what those four years of college were for? What was the point of all that hard work?
Benjamin Braddock
You got me.
Mr. Braddock
What makes you think she wants to marry you?
Benjamin Braddock
Oh, she doesn't. To be perfectly honest, she doesn't like me.
Benjamin Braddock
Listen to me. What happened between Mrs. Robinson and me was nothing. It didn't mean anything. We might just as well have been shaking hands.
Mr. Braddock
Shaking hands? Well, that's not saying much for my wife, is it?
Benjamin Braddock
I'm just...
Mr. Braddock
Worried?
Benjamin Braddock
Well...
Mr. Braddock
About what?
Benjamin Braddock
I guess about my future.
Mr. Braddock
What about it?
Benjamin Braddock
I don't know, I want it to be...Different.
Young Emmeline
(first lines) Richard, don't go out too far.
Young Emmeline
Richard, don't go out too far.
Young Richard
(first lines) Em's a fraidy cat!
Young Richard
Em's a fraidy cat!
Arthur LeStragne
(first lines) Richard! Emmeline! Come back here! This minute! And be careful!
Arthur LeStragne
Richard! Emmeline! Come back here! This minute! And be careful!
Ruth Manch
But Daddy, I thought you didn't like Joanna.
Howard Manchester
...Of course I like Joanna!
Ruth Manch
Then how come Mommy said Joanna was a suburban English nobody?
John Hancock
I'm still from Massachusetts, John. You know where I stand. I'll do whatever you say.
John Adams
No. No, you're the president of Congress. You're a fair man, Hancock. Stay that way.
John Adams
It doesn't matter. I won't be in the history books anyway, only you. Franklin did this and Franklin did that and Franklin did some other damn thing. Franklin smote the ground and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified him with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them - Franklin, Washington, and the horse - conducted the entire revolution by themselves.
John Adams
At a stage in life when other men prosper, I'm reduced to living in Philadelphia.
John Adams
A second flood, a simple famine, plagues of locusts everywhere, or a cataclysmic earthquake, I'd accept with some despair. But no, You sent us Congress! Good God, Sir, was that fair?
Mr. Braddock
Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half baked.
Benjamin Braddock
No, it's not. It's completely baked.
John Adams
In the middle of the afternoon?!?
John Adams
In the middle of the afternoon?
John Adams
the eagle. Thomas Jefferson: the Dove....
John Adams
Thomas Jefferson: the Dove....
John Adams
the eagle! Thomas Jefferson: (considering) The Eagle.
John Adams
...the eagle!
Benjamin Franklin
The turkey.
John Adams
the eagle is a majestic bird!
Benjamin Franklin
The eagle is a scavenger, a thief and coward. A symbol of over ten centuries of European mischief.
John Adams
the turkey?
John Adams
The turkey?
Benjamin Franklin
A truly noble bird. Native American, a source of sustenance to our original settlers, and an incredibly brave fellow who wouldn't flinch from attacking a whole regiment of Englishmen single-handedly! Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...
Benjamin Franklin
A truly noble bird. Native American, a source of sustenance to our original settlers, and an incredibly brave fellow who wouldn't flinch from attacking a whole regiment of Englishmen single-handedly! Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...
John Adams
(insistently)The Eagle!!!
John Adams
[insistently] The Eagle!
Benjamin Franklin
the eagal! :(
John Adams
They won't be happy until they remove one of the F's from Jefferson's name!
Richard Henry Lee
You've come to the one colony that can get job done: Virginia. The land that gave us our glorious commander in chief, George Washington, will now give the congress its proposal on independence. Where Virginia goes the south is bound to follow. And where the south goes, the middle colonies go! Gentlemen, a salute to Virginia, the mother of American independence!
John Adams
Incredible, we're free and he hasn't even left yet!
Martha Jefferson
[Adams and Frankline wait expectantly on the street below Jefferson's apartment]
John Adams
[reading a note tossed down from Jefferson] "Dear Mr. Adams, I am taking my wife back to bed. Kindly go away. Your obedient, T. Jefferson." Incredible!
John Adams
[reading a note tossed down from Jefferson] 'Dear Mr. Adams, I am taking my wife back to bed. Kindly go away. Your obedient, T. Jefferson.' Incredible!
Benjamin Franklin
[chuckles] You know, perhaps I should have written the Declaration. At my age there's little doubt that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Benjamin Franklin
[chuckles] You know, perhaps I should have written the Declaration. At my age there's little doubt that the pen is mightier than the sword.
John Adams
This is a revolution, dammit! We're going to have to offend SOMEbody!
Sam
I wonder ifthey gonna put me into one of those cells for exec.
Sam
I wonder if they gonna put me into one of those cells for executives.
Phil Blackwood
...And Swift poured himself a bourboun (ie chocolste mikl)