James Daly (actor)

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James Daly
James Daly Medical Center 1975.jpg
Daly in Medical Center, 1969
BornJames Firman Daly
(1918-10-23)October 23, 1918
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedJuly 3, 1978(1978-07-03) (aged 59)
Nyack, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart failure
Alma materCornell College
OccupationActor
TelevisionMedical Center, 12 o'clock high
AwardsEmmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama
1966 Eagle in a Cage
 
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James Daly
James Daly Medical Center 1975.jpg
Daly in Medical Center, 1969
BornJames Firman Daly
(1918-10-23)October 23, 1918
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedJuly 3, 1978(1978-07-03) (aged 59)
Nyack, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Heart failure
Alma materCornell College
OccupationActor
TelevisionMedical Center, 12 o'clock high
AwardsEmmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Drama
1966 Eagle in a Cage

James Firman Daly (October 23, 1918 - July 3, 1978) was an American theater, film and television actor, who is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Paul Lochner in the hospital drama series Medical Center, in which he played Chad Everett's superior.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Daly was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin to a working-class family: his mother, Dorothy Ethelbert (Hogan) Mullen, later worked for the CIA, and his father, Percifer Charles Daly, was a fuel merchant.[2] During the 1930s, Daly studied drama and acted in shows before he worked for the armed services, and served with the Navy as World War II ended.

Daly was a music major at the University of Wisconsin, a drama major at Iowa State University, and attended Carroll College before receiving a degree from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa.[3] Cornell College later presented him with an honorary doctor's degree in Fine Arts.[3]

Between 1953 and 1955 Daly appeared in the TV series Foreign Intrigue. He also guest starred on many television series, among them Appointment with Adventure (two episodes), Breaking Point, Mission: Impossible, The Twilight Zone ("A Stop at Willoughby"), The Tenderfoot (1964) for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Road West (1966 episode "The Gunfighter"), Custer, Gunsmoke, Combat, The Fugitive, The Virginian, and Twelve O'Clock High. He is also well remembered for his portrayal of "Mr. Flint" (an apparently immortal human) in the Star Trek episode "Requiem for Methuselah" in 1969.[4]

In 1958 Daly signed a contract with the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company to do television commercials for Camel cigarettes. He served as the Camel representative for seven years, being flown by Reynolds throughout the United States to be filmed smoking a Camel at various locations.[3]

Daly was also an accomplished stage actor, starting out in 1946 as Gary Merrill's understudy in Born Yesterday.[3] Among his starring Broadway roles were in Archibald MacLeish's Pulitzer Prize- winning J.B. and Tennessee Williams' Period of Adjustment.

In addition to his acting career, Daly was one of the hosts on NBC Radio's weekend Monitor program in 1963-64.

Daly's last screen feature was as "Mr. Boyce" in the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations.

Death[edit]

Daly died of heart failure in Nyack, New York,[5] a couple of years after Medical Center ended, while he was preparing to star in the play "Equus" in Tarrytown, New York.[6]

Family life[edit]

The Daly family had an interest in acting for four generations, beginning with Daly's father, Percy, who appeared in theatrical productions in Central Wisconsin. Two of James' children, Tim (James Timothy) (born 1956) and Tyne (Ellen Tyne) (born 1946), are actors, as is his granddaughter Kathryne Dora Brown, daughter of Tyne and actor Georg Stanford Brown of The Rookies television fame. Tyne appeared as a child with James on his TV series Foreign Intrigue and as a teenager in Medical Center, and Tim appeared as a child with his father in Henrik Ibsen's play An Enemy of the People. James Daly also had two other children, Mary Glynn and Pegeen Michael.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1960A Stop at WilloughbyGart WilliamsTwilight Zone : Season 1, Episode 30
1961–1967Hallmark Hall of FameBarabbas, Owen Wister, Dr. O'Meara, DunoisEpisodes: "Give Us Barabbas", "The Magnificent Yankee, "Eagle in a Cage", "Saint Joan""
Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
1966An Enemy of the PeopleDr. Thomas StockmannAmerican Playhouse production
The FugitiveMichael Ballinger

Arthur Brame

Episodes: "Running Scared", "The Evil Men Do"
1967The InvadersAlan LandersEpisodes: Beachhead
1968The InvadersGeneral Samuel ConCannonEpisodes: The Peacemaker
1969Star TrekFlintEpisodes: Requiem for Methuselah
1969–1976Medical CenterDr. Paul Lochner
1970IronsideJudge McIntireEpisode: People Against Judge McIntire

Theatre[edit]

YearProductionRoleNotes and awards
1963Jenny Kissed Me by Jean KerrPerformances: Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, Pennsylvania

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryFilmResult
1966Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesHallmark Hall of FameWon
(Source: IMDb.com)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TV, Stage Actor James Daly Dies; Was State Native". Milwaukee Journal (Google.com). 5 July 1978. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d See, Carolyn. (1970, February 21–27). Nothing Personal: James Daly will talk about anything – except himself. TV Guide, pp 26-30.
  4. ^ "James Daly: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  5. ^ a b "Actor James Daly Dead". Ocala Star Banner (Google.com). 5 July 1978. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ "James Daly, Actor, Is Dead at 59; Took Many TV Character Roles; Had Part in 'Roots II' Won an Emmy Award". Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

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