James Firman Daly was born on October 23, 1918 in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 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 is also well remembered for his portrayal of "Mr. Flint" (an apparently immortal human) in the Star Trek episode "Requiem for Methuselah" in 1969. Daly is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Paul Lochner in the hospital drama series Medical Center (1969-1976), in which he played Chad Everett's superior.
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.
In addition to his acting career, Daly was one of the hosts on NBC Radio's weekend Monitor program in 1963-64.
He appeared in only one Euro-western “The Five Man Army” (1969) as Captain Nicholas Augustus Bennett.
Daly was married to actress Hope Newell [1921-2009] from 1942-1966 and is the father of actress Tyne Daly [1946- ] and producer, director Tim Daly [1956- ] and the grandfather of actress Kathryne Dora Brown [1971- ].
James died of a heart attack on July 3, 1978.
Today we remember James Daly on what would have been his 95th birthday.