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  • In a Sept. 5, 2007 file photo, Bill Daily arrives for TV Land's 35th anniversary tribute to "The Bob Newhart Show," Wednesday, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Saturday, September 08, 2018 1:18 pm

Bill Daily, sidekick on hit 60s and 70s sitcoms, dies at 91

ANDREW DALTON | Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – Bill Daily, the comic sidekick to leading men on the sitcoms "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at age 91.

Family spokesman Steve Moyer said Saturday that Daily died of natural causes in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday.

Daily was not a household name but he was a household face, familiar to many millions of baby-boomer viewers in the 1960s and '70s from two of the era's biggest shows.

He played astronaut Major Roger Healy in all five seasons of "I Dream of Jeannie" from 1965 to 1970.

Two years later he landed a very similar role on "The Bob Newhart Show" as aviator Howard Borden. That show ran from 1972 to 1978.

Newhart tweeted Friday night that he will miss his old friend dearly.