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The ferociously talented WILLIAM DANIELS — from 1969 Broadway fame in “1776” (John Adams) to the voice of KITT the car on “Knight Rider” to his 2 Emmys (1981-82) for “St. Elsewhere” (Dr. Mark Craig) (his wife Bonnie Bartlett won as his wife twice too). He was the President of SAG from 1999-2002. And don’t forget his long run (7 years) on BOY MEETS WORLD (Mr. Feeney). And he recurred on Disney’s GIRL MEETS WORLD (2014 – 2017).
SD: What do you enjoy most about attending events like Fan Expo?
WD: It’s an opportunity to see the kids that I worked with for years on “Boy Meets World.” I love to meet the other actors that are also participating. Most importantly, I get to meet all the amazing fans of the show.
SD: Having been an actor for over 60 years, what has been the best part about it?
WD: Paying the rent! No, its my chosen profession. I have been fortunate enough to make a living from what I love to do. For me, performing is very satisfying and still is. I have been doing this since I was very small and I can’t think of ever doing anything else.
SD: What makes Mr. Feeney beloved by some many fans?
WD: I am surprised at the reaction to Mr. Feeney. I made sure that the producers and writers would never make fun of him in a derogatory way because he was a teacher. Teachers in this country are underpaid and terribly important. They did treat Mr. Feeney with respect and I appreciated that very much. I still surprised that he receives so much attention even after all these years.
SD: You have played some iconic characters. Do you have a favorite role?
WD: No, not really. My favorite is usually the one that I am playing at the time. Although, John Adams comes close to being my favorite. I will say, I thought voicing a car on “Knight Rider” was strange at the time. Its success and afterlife have been surprising to me.
SD: What is the secret to being married for 68 years?
WD: Surrender! WE have a mutual respect for each other and each other’s ability in our business. There has never been a moment of jealousy and we enjoy each other’s success. We love each other!
For more information on William visit, www.williamdanielstheactor.com and to purchase tickets to Fan Expo Boston (August 16th – 18th) at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center visit, www.fanexpoboston.com