PHOTO FLASH: William Daniels Sneak-Peeks Cover For His Upcoming Memoir
Broadway, television and film star William Daniels shared the cover photo for his upcoming memoir on social media. "There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, & Many Others" is scheduled to be published in early 2017 by the University of Nebraksa Press/Potomac Books.
After making his Broadway debut in Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse's long-running classic, LIFE WITH FATHER, Daniels appeared in eight Broadway productions during the 1960s. He was best known for playing uptight, conservative types in A THOUSAND CLOWNS and ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER until his breakout performance as John Adams in 1776. He famously refused his Tony nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, as he was clearly playing the lead.
On television, his distinctly crisp diction was easily recognizable as the voice of KITT, an indestructible car in the hit crime-fighting series "Knight Rider." At the same time he was playing the sharp-tongued Dr. Mark Craig in the drama series "St. Elsewhere," for which he won two Emmys.
Sitcom success came in the 1990s with "Boy Meets World," where he played the strict but caring teacher, Mr. Feeny.
It may surprise fans to know that 9-year-old William Daniels was an aspiring tap dancer. In an excerpt from his book, published in April 2015 by Uproxx, he describes how a fan letter to Bill "Bojangles" Robinson led to an invitation to see the legendary dancer perform at The Cotton Club.
"This is for you," he said. Then he began his famous last step, one leg out at a time, forming little circles with the toe of each shoe and making taps as rapid as gunfire - rat a tat a tat a rat a tat - first one foot, then the other. He kept his upper body absolutely still. He did this step all the way off the stage.
I had never seen anything like it. I worked on that step for years afterward. It requires a completely relaxed leg; the effort is confined to the foot. No matter how hard I tried, I could never do it the way Bill "Mr. Bojangles" Robinson could.