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James Firman Daly

Birthplace: Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, WI, United States
Death: July 04, 1978 (59)
Nyack, Rockland County, NY, United States (Heart attack)
Place of Burial: Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Pacific Ocean MEMORIAL ID 21488
Immediate Family:

Son of Percifer Charles Daly and Private
Husband of Mary Hope Newell
Father of Tyne Daly; <private> Daly; Private and Private
Brother of UFN Densmore; UFN Daly and UFN Daly

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About James Daly

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Actor. Born James Firman Daly in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, he was the second child of Percifer C. Daly and his wife Dorothy Hogan. Daly was exposed to the theatre at an early age when he went to see his banker father appear in amateur theatrical productions around the Central Wisconsin area and when attending performances at his cousin John's vaudeville and movie house. Eventually, Daly appeared with his sister and cousins in productions at Lincoln High School where he was a popular student. Encouraged in this early work by some of his high school teachers, he and his sister fulfilled various production roles other than acting. After high school graduation, Daly decided to make the trip to New York to begin his acting career. He worked diligently for several years before finally making his Broadway debut in 1946 as a bellhop and understudy to Gary Merrill in the Garson Kanin comedy "Born Yesterday." He later appeared in several Broadway productions including a revival of Shaw's "Major Barbara" (1951) for which he won the Theatre World Award, a revival of "St. Joan" (1951) with Uta Hagen, "JB" (1959), "Period of Adjustment"(1960), and "The White House" (1964) in which he had multiple roles as American presidents. While living in New York during the 1950s he was also given the opportunity to appear in several Golden Age television shows. Among these were "Foreign Intrigue" (in which he had a regular role), "The Twilight Zone" (in which he starred in one of the show's more popular episodes "A Stop at Willoughby"), and "Star Trek" where he portrayed one of series the most memorable characters, the never dying Flint. He appeared in several "Hallmark Hall of Fame" episodes including as the title character in "Give us Barabbas!" and "Eagle in a Cage" for which he won an Emmy Award. In 1969, he was offered one of the leads in series "Medical Center" which ran until 1976. His last television appearance in "Roots: The Next Generation" (1979) aired after his death. His reputation as a character actor also won him film roles, in particular as Dr. Honorious in "Planet of the Apes" (1968). The Daly clan is noted for their strong sense of family, and Daly proved no exception. He became interested in his Irish roots traveling at least twice to Ireland to trace his family tree. His own immediate family included wife Hope Newell (whom he married in 1942) and four children, among them the actors Tyne and Timothy Daly. Daly died on July 3, 1978, of heart failure in Nyack, New York, two years after Medical Center ended, and while he was preparing to star in the play Equus in Tarrytown, New York. His ashes were sprinkled into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Family Members Parents


Percifer Charles Daly 1889–1935

Dorothy Ethelbert Hogan Mullen 1893–1974

Spouse Mary Hope Newell Daly 1921–2009 (m. 1942)



Mary Ellen Pischke Daly 1917–2008

Cynthia Anne Daly Ryan 1923–2008


David Tyne Daly 1926–1983

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.

Life and career

Daly was born in Wisconsin Rapids in Wood County in central Wisconsin, to a working-class family: his mother, Dorothy Ethelbert (Hogan) Mullen, later worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and his father, Percifer Charles Daly, was a fuel merchant. 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. Cornell College later presented him with an honorary doctor's degree in Fine Arts.

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.

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.

Daly was also an accomplished stage actor, starting out in 1946 as Gary Merrill's understudy in Born Yesterday. 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 1963-1964.

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


Daly died of heart failure in Nyack, New York, a couple of years after Medical Center ended, while he was preparing to star in the play "Equus" in Tarrytown, New York. His ashes were scattered into the Atlantic Ocean.

Family life

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, Tyne (Ellen Tyne) (born 1946) and Tim (James Timothy) (born 1956), 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.


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James Daly's Timeline

October 23, 1918
Wisconsin Rapids, Wood County, WI, United States
February 21, 1946
Madison, Dane County, WI, United States
July 4, 1978
Age 59
Nyack, Rockland County, NY, United States