30 photographs, 1 appendix
"Bill Daniels is the personification of the humor, the humility, the humanity, and the dignity of the acting profession. Read his book.” —Warren Beatty
There I Go Again is a celebrity memoir like no other, revealing the life of a man whose acting career has been so rich that millions of Americans know his face even while they might not recognize his name.
William Daniels is an enigma—a rare chameleon who has enjoyed massive success both in Hollywood and on Broadway and been embraced by fans of successive generations. Few of his peers inspire the fervor with which buffs celebrate his most iconic roles, among them George Feeny in Boy Meets World, KITT in Knight Rider, Dr. Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere, and John Adams in the play and film 1776.
Daniels guides readers through some of Hollywood’s most cherished productions, offering recollections of entertainment legends including Lauren Bacall, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Mike Nichols, Jason Robards, Barbra Streisand, and many more.
Looking back on his seventy-five-plus-year career, Daniels realizes that although he never had the courage to say “no” to being an actor, he backed into stardom. With his wife, actress Bonnie Bartlett, by his side, he came to realize that he wound up exactly where he was supposed to be: on the screen and stage.
List of Illustrations
1. I’d Rather Be Elsewhere
2. Life with Mother
3. Life with Father
4. Offstage in the Theater of War
5. Go West, Young Man, to Northwestern
6. If I Can Make It There
7. I’ve Been to the Zoo
8. Sing Out, Louise!
9. A Thousand and One Clowns
10. On a Clear Day You Can See Paris
11. Buck and Mike
13. Hooray for Hollywood
14. Home Sweet Homes
15. Boy Oh Boy
16. Mr. President
Appendix: The Legacy of 1776: A Conversation with William Daniels and Lin-Manuel Miranda