Birthday: March 31, 1927 Birth
Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Height: 5' 7"
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Daniels and his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, made Emmy history in 1986 when they became the first real-life married couple to win acting awards on the same night. They won for their portrayals of Dr. and Mrs. Mark Craig on the cult TV series "St. Elsewhere" (1982).
As 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.
Nominated for a Tony as Supporting Actor in a Musical for his LEAD role of "John Adams" in 1776 (1969). 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, so Daniels declined the nomination.
1949 Graduate of Northwestern University
Elected president of 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 2-year term. [November 1999]
Worked 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).
One 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.
Is a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity
Often plays members of the famous Adams family of Early American history. Has played John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams and their cousin Samuel Adams.
While 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.
Played Mr. Feeny who was the Principle/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.
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