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William David Daniels was born on the 31st March 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City USA, and is an actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of Mr. Braddock in the film “The Graduate” (1967), playing Dr. Mark Craig in “St. Elsewhere” (1982-1988), and as George Feeny in “Boy Meets World” (1993-2000) and “Girl Meets World” (2014-20174). He is also known as a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. His career has been active since 1943.

So, have you ever wondered how rich William Daniels is, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total size of William’s net worth is over $5 million, accumulated through his successful career in the film industry. Another source is coming from the sale of his autobiographical book “There I Go Again: How I Came To Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, And Many Others” (2017).

William Daniels Net Worth $5 Million

William Daniels was raised with two sisters by his father, David Dryden Daniels, a bricklayer, and his mother, Irene Daniels, who was a housewife. At aged four, he began to perform with his family, known as the Daniels Family song-and-dance troupe. In 1945 he served in the US Army, as a disc jockey at their radio station. When he returned home, he was spotted by screenwriter Howard Lindsay, and under his influence William moved his focus to acting. So, he enrolled at Northwestern University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity, graduating in 1949.

William’s professional acting career had actually begun in 1943, when he performed in a TV show with his family, and in the same year appeared in the Broadway production “Life With Father”, after which he also starred in plays including “A Thousand Clowns”, “A Little Night Music”, etc. Subsequently, William made his debut appearance in the TV series in 1952, when he guest-starred in “A Woman For The Ages”, which was followed by other supporting roles in such TV series as “Robert Montgomery Presents” (1956) and “Armstrong Circle Theatre” (1956-1961), which marked the beginning of an increase of his net worth.

In the 1960s, he continued with supporting roles in a number of TV series, including “Naked City” (1961-1962) and “The Defenders” (1962-1964), among many others, and William’s career began to improve when he made his debut film appearance in the role of Mr. John Calkins in “Ladybug Ladybug” (1963). His next major role came in 1967, when he was chosen to portray Carter Nash in the TV series “Captain Nice”, after which he starred as Mr. Braddock in the film entitled “The Graduate” in the same year, alongside Dustin Hoffman, one of the highest grossing films of all time and for which director Mike Nichols won an Oscar. He also played Mr. Crowell in the 1969 film “Marlowe”, adding a considerable amount to his net worth.

His first role in the next decade came in 1972, when he portrayed John Adams (MA) in the film “1776”, after which he starred in such film titles as “Murdock’s Gang” (1973), “The Parallax View” (1974), and “One Of Our Own” (1975). In the following year, he was selected to play John Quincy Adams in the TV series “The Adams Chronicles”, and Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth Kitteridge in the TV series “The Nancy Walker Show”, until 1977. Moreover, in 1979, William appeared as G. Gordon Liddy in the TV mini-series “Blind Ambition”. All of these appearances contributed to his wealth.

During the 1980s and 1990s, William reached enormous success starring in several hit TV series. He was the voice of K.I.T.T. in the TV series “Knight Rider” (1982-1986), starred in the role of Dr. Mark Craig in the TV series “St. Elsewhere” (1982-1988), and in 1987 appeared alongside Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis in a film entitled “Blind Date”. Afterwards, he was cast as George Feeny in the TV series “Boy Meets World”, which lasted from 1993 to 2000. All of these roles increased his net worth by a large margin.

However, in the 2000s, William did not have any major success, as he only had a number of guest-starring roles, in such TV series as “Scrubs” (2002), “The Simpsons” (2004), and “The Closer” (2006). Nonetheless, in 2012 he was chosen to portray Dr. Craig Thomas in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy”, and most recently, he reprised the role of George Feeny in another TV series entitled “Girl Meets World” from 2014 to 2017. So, his net worth is certainly rising.

Thanks to his accomplishments in the film industry, William and his wife Bonnie won Emmy Awards in 1986 for starring in “Boy Meets World” and “St. Elsewhere” as a fictional married couple.

To speak further about his career, William is also known for being a former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving on its Board of Directors from 1999 to 2002, increasing a lot his fortune.

Speaking about his personal life, William Daniels has been married to actress Bonnie Bartlett since June of 1951; they had a son who passed away as a baby, but the couple have adopted two children. Their current residence is in Studio City, California.

Quick Facts

Birth date: March 31, 1927
Birth place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Height:1.7 m
Profession:American actor
Education:Northwestern University
Nationality:American
Spouse:Bonnie Bartlett
Children:William Daniels Jr., Robert Daniels, Michael Daniels
Parents:David Daniels, Irene Daniels
Awards:Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Books:There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Is very good friends with: James Garner, Joe Santos, Dennis Weaver, Jack Klugman, Garry Walberg, Robert Ito, Della Reese, Roma Downey, Bruce Paltrow, Joshua Brand, Ed Flanders, Norman Lloyd, Ronny Cox, David Birney, Bonnie Bartlett, Christina Pickles, Jane Wyatt, Donald Pleasence, Eleanor Parker, Peter Mark Richman, Warren Beatty, Carl Reiner, Nancy Walker, Keenan Wynn, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, E.G. Marshall, Shirl Conway, Harry Bellaver and Paul Burke.
2Alongside fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine, Mickey Rooney, Betty White, Angela Lansbury, Charlotte Rae, Adam West, William Shatner, Marla Gibbs, Larry Hagman, Florence Henderson Shirley Jones and Alan Alda, Daniels is one of the few actors in Hollywood who lived into their 80s and/or 90s without ever either retiring from acting or having stopped getting work.
3Acting mentor and friend of: Ed Begley Jr., David Morse and Howie Mandel.
4Best known by the public for his starring role as Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere (1982) and for his role as George Feeny on Boy Meets World (1993).
5Is the only actor to appear in nearly every episode of St. Elsewhere (1982), with the exception of 8.
6He is the son of Irene (Bulger) and David Dryden Daniels.
7He has played the same character (George Feeny) on three different series: Boy Meets World (1993), Maybe This Time (1995), and Girl Meets World (2014).
8Lives in Studio City, California. [May 2002]
9In addition to portraying John Adams in 1776 (1972), he portrayed his son John Quincy Adams in The Adams Chronicles (1976).
10Played Dustin Hoffman's father in The Graduate (1967), but in reality is only 10 years older than Hoffman.
11Portrayed John Adams in the original Broadway stage version of 1776 and reprised his role in the movie 1776 (1972).
12The characters that Daniels and his real-life wife, Bonnie Bartlett, played in Boy Meets World (1993) married each other in an episode of that series, just as they are in real life.
13In an episode of Boy Meets World (1993), Daniels's character, George Feeny, is congratulating Cory on the quality of his film project. Cory then asks, "You think it's a great film?" George responds, "No, I think The Graduate is a great film," referring to his earlier role in The Graduate (1967).
14Played George Feeny, who was the principal and a teacher at John Adams High School on the TV show Boy Meets World (1993). This is yet another John Adams connection for Daniels, who has portrayed him many times.
15While performing on both St. Elsewhere (1982) and Knight Rider (1982) in the 1980s, Daniels made goodwill visits to children's hospitals. He discovered that not many children were thrilled to meet an actor who played a doctor, but the fact that he voiced the talking car KITT always appealed to them, so he shifted emphasis during his visits. He entertained the children with KITT-styled phrases, and answered their questions about "Knight Rider" while hardly mentioning his other, larger acting role.
16Often plays members of the famous Adams family of early American history. Has played John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams as well as their cousin Samuel Adams.
17Is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity.
18One episode of St. Elsewhere (1982) called for Dr. and Mrs. Craig to visit Philadelphia. Inspired by returning to Independence Square, he sang a few lines of the song "Sit Down, John" from 1776 (1972). The moment was included in the episode.
19Worked conscientiously to lose the Brooklyn accent he grew up with, so that he could obtain a wider range of roles. His adopted accent is close to the Boston dialect he used as Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere (1982) and Mr. George Feeny on Boy Meets World (1993).
20Elected president of the Screen Actors Guild, upsetting incumbent Richard Masur, as well as candidate Angel Tompkins, who conjoined her two names to call herself "Angeltompkins" so she could be listed first on the ballot(!) The SAG president serves a two-year term. [November 1999]
211949 graduate of Northwestern University.
22Nominated for a Tony as Supporting Actor in a Musical for his lead role of John Adams in the 1969 musical "1776." He could not be nominated for lead actor because he did not then have star billing (i.e., above the title). Adams is clearly the lead role in 1776 (1972), so Daniels declined the nomination.
23As a child, he was part of the Daniels Family song-and-dance troupe that traveled in and around the state of New York. His entire family appeared on one of the first experimental TV broadcasts in 1941.
24He and his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, won Emmys for their portrayals of a married couple, Dr. and Mrs. Mark Craig, on the cult TV series St. Elsewhere (1982) in 1982.


Trademarks

#Trademark
1Boston Brahmin accent
2His nasal voice
3Moustache
4Perhaps best known for his roles as Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere (1982) and Mr. George Feeny on Boy Meets World (1993).


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Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1986Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992CableACECableACE AwardsActor in a Dramatic SeriesThe General Motors Playwrights Theater (1991)
1988Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1986People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1985People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1984People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male TV Performer
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1983Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reds1981Julius Gerber
Private Benjamin1981TV SeriesTeddy
Trapper John, M.D.1981TV SeriesDr. Slater
The Million Dollar Face1981TV MovieHenry Burns
All Night Long1981Richard H. Copleston
Freebie and the Bean1980-1981TV SeriesDist. Atty. Walter W. Cruikshank
Father Damien: The Leper Priest1980TV MovieBishop Koeckemann
Quincy M.E.1976-1980TV SeriesDr. Charlie Volmer / Charlie Truesdale / Paul Reardon
The Blue Lagoon1980Arthur Lestrange
Galactica 19801980TV SeriesNorman Blore
City in Fear1980TV MovieFreeman Stribling
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1980TV SeriesDr. Walter Taylor
B.A.D. Cats1980TV Series
The Chinese Typewriter1979TV MovieDevlin
Sunburn1979Crawford
Heaven on Earth1979TV Movie
Blind Ambition1979TV Mini-SeriesG. Gordon Liddy
Bleacher Bums1979TV Movie
The Rebels1979TV MovieJohn Adams
Greatest Heroes of the Bible1978TV SeriesChasrubal
Grandpa Goes to Washington1978TV SeriesGov. Bronx
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force1978TV MovieFather Veller
Big Bob Johnson and His Fantastic Speed Circus1978TV MovieLawrence Stepwell III
The Bastard1978TV MovieSamuel Adams
Family1978TV SeriesDr. Taylor
The One and Only1978Mr. Crawford
Soap1978TV SeriesHeinrich Himmel
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer1977TV Movie
The Incredible Hulk1977TV SeriesDr. John Bonifant
Killer on Board1977TV MovieMarshall Snowden
Oh, God!1977George Summers
Instant Family1977TV MovieClifford Beane
Black Sunday1977Pugh
The Nancy Walker Show1976-1977TV SeriesLt. Cmdr. Kenneth Kitteridge
That Was the Year That Was - 19761976TV MovieSketch actor
The Rockford Files1976TV SeriesGary Bevins / Thomas Caine
Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident1976TV MovieBissell
McMillan & Wife1976TV SeriesCommander Campbell
The Adams Chronicles1976TV Mini-SeriesJohn Quincy Adams
McCloud1973-1976TV SeriesFred Pearson / Clayton Gillis
The Bob Newhart Show1975TV SeriesEdgar T. Vickers Jr.
Medical Story1975TV Series
Barbary Coast1975TV SeriesHarry Boyle
One of Our Own1975TV MovieDr. Moresby
Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic1975TV MovieMatt Hodges
Insight1975TV SeriesMike Madden
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1974TV SeriesPolice Lt. Jack Matteo
The Parallax View1974Austin Tucker
A Case of Rape1974TV MovieLeonard Alexander
Toma1974TV Series
The Fabulous Doctor Fable1973TV MovieElliot Borden
Murdock's Gang1973TV MovieRoger Bates
Ironside1973TV SeriesMr. Stillwald
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesAlan (segment "Love and the Old Lover")
Cannon1972TV SeriesDale Corey
17761972John Adams (MA)
Marlowe1969Mr. Crowell
My Friend Tony1969TV Series
Judd for the Defense1969TV SeriesHarry Stratton
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir1968TV SeriesBlair Thompson
The Good Guys1968TV SeriesArnold Schreck
The Graduate1967Mr. Braddock
The President's Analyst1967Wynn Quantrill
Captain Nice1967TV SeriesCarter Nash / Capt. Nice / Captain Nice / ...
Two for the Road1967Howard Manchester
T.H.E. Cat1966TV SeriesTony Webb
A Thousand Clowns1965Albert Amundson
For the People1965TV SeriesFred Rice
The Doctors and the Nurses1963-1965TV SeriesBuddy / Vernon Kane
The Defenders1962-1964TV SeriesMike Herman / Malloy
Ladybug Ladybug1963Mr. Calkins
East Side/West Side1963TV SeriesPrincipal Costigan
Naked City1961-1962TV SeriesHarry Culverin / Herbert Grafton
Armstrong Circle Theatre1956-1961TV SeriesLeonard Gregory / Endre
Brenner1959TV SeriesLarry Dyer
Robert Montgomery Presents1956TV SeriesDonald Kemper - act 2
Justice1955TV Series
Girl Meets World2014-2017TV SeriesGeorge Feeny
Grey's Anatomy2012TV SeriesDr. Craig Thomas
Paulilu Mixtape2012TV SeriesDr. Vanderhoof
Boston Legal2008TV SeriesJudge Milton Brody
Blades of Glory2007Commissioner Ebbers
The Closer2006TV SeriesCommissioner Andrew Schmidt
The Benchwarmers2006K.I.T.T. (voice, uncredited)
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2005TV SeriesScythe 2.0
Kim Possible2004TV SeriesRobot Pilot
The King of Queens2004TV SeriesPhilip Waldecott
The Simpsons1998-2004TV SeriesK.I.T.T.
Crazy Love2003TV Movie
The Lyon's Den2003TV SeriesJudge Franklin Campbell
Lost at Home2003TV SeriesArthur
Touched by an Angel1996-2003TV SeriesGeorge / Whit Russell
Scrubs2002TV SeriesDr. Douglas
Star Trek: Voyager2000TV SeriesHospital Ship 4-2, Allocation Alpha
Boy Meets World1993-2000TV SeriesGeorge Feeny / Fez-head / Captain Feeny
The Lottery1996TV MovieReverend Hutchinson
Maybe This Time1996TV SeriesGeorge Feeney
Magic Kid II1994Manny
Nurses1993TV SeriesMr. Kaplan
Back to the Streets of San Francisco1992TV MovieJudge Julius Burns
Knight Rider 20001991TV MovieK.I.T.T. (voice, uncredited)
The General Motors Playwrights Theater1991TV SeriesDetective Lieutenant Fine
On Thin Ice: The Tai Babilonia Story1990TV MovieJohn Nicks
Life in Desire1990TV MovieBeauford Braxton
Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder1989TV MovieSlaney
Her Alibi1989Sam
St. Elsewhere1982-1988TV SeriesDr. Mark Craig
The Little Match Girl1987TV MovieHaywood Dutton
Blind Date1987Judge Harold Bedford
Faerie Tale Theatre1986TV SeriesNarrator
Knight Rider1982-1986TV SeriesK.I.T.T.
Laugh Busters1984TV MovieK.I.T.T. (1984) (voice)
Drop-Out Father1982TV MovieDraper Wright
Rooster1982TV MovieDr. DeVega
Rehearsal for Murder1982TV MovieWalter Lamb
Hart to Hart1982TV SeriesSimon Richardson

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
St. Elsewhere1984TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
17761972performer: "Sit Down, John", "Piddle, Twiddle and Resolve", "Till Then", "The Lees of Old Virginia", "But, Mr. Adams", "Yours, Yours, Yours", "He Plays the Violin", "The Egg", "Is Anybody There?"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Chalkskin 102016TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff2010TV SpecialK.I.T.T. (voice)
Knight Rider: Under the Hood - 'Knight Rider' Season 1 DVD2004Video documentary short
Storyline Online2003TV SeriesHimself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special2002TV SpecialHimself
6th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
The American Revolution1994TV Movie documentaryJohn Adams (voice)
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
The Morning Program1987TV SeriesHimself
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The 35th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The 9th Annual People's Choice Awards1983TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite New Television Dramatic Program
The 25th Annual Tony Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Ed Sullivan Show1970TV SeriesJohn Adams - scene from '1776'

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pioneers of Television2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Mark Craig - St. Elsewhere
Virage de modes2005Video documentary shortHoward Manchester
Conquest of the Earth1981TV MovieNorman

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