Newhart, who knew Daily when both were struggling young aspiring comics in Chicago, also offered a tribute on Twitter. On his show, Newhart recalled, "He was our bullpen guy — you could always go to him. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known. I will miss him dearly."
Social media tributes have poured in for Bill Daily, the I Dream of Jeannie and Bob Newhart Show star whose death at age 91 was reported Friday.
I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy." Barbara Eden, who played Jeannie, tweeted praise of Daily as a "funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes.
Here are the tweets, with several fond photos:
Comedian Greg Proops was more succinct, tweeting that Daily was "a gift from above."
Writer-director Paul Feig lauded Daily's performance on The Bob Newhart Show as "sublime." When Feig was an actor, he tweeted, "I was probably more influenced by his performing style than any other actor or comedian."
Bill Daily was one of the greatest comedic character actors ever. When I was an actor, I was probably more influenced by his performance style than any other actor or comedian. Very sad to hear of his passing. His work on The Bob Newhart Show was sublime. https://t.co/5Hij5JloIf
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) September 8, 2018
Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed. Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo -B #RIPBillDaily pic.twitter.com/OVZjaWB9CP
— Barbara Eden (@Barbara_Eden) September 8, 2018
He appeared on all five seasons of Jeannie, a sitcom that resonated for years thanks to its heavy syndication. According to his son, Daily died on September 4 at his ranch in New Mexico. In addition to The Bob Newhart Show, he also appeared on Bewitched, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Love American Style, Aloha, Paradise and Starting from Scratch.
Bill Daily & I go back to Chicago in the 50's. He and I were both trying to get into standup. Later, he joined the Bob Newhart Show. He was our bullpen guy – you could always go to him. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known. I will miss him dearly
— Bob Newhart (@BobNewhart) September 8, 2018
Of course, many younger people in show business also expressed their admiration from the perspective of viewers whose work would be shaped by Daily's comedic approach.