The actor joked that turning old is "better than alternative".
William Daniels, the actor who played Mr. Feeny, the beloved teacher, in the hit series Boy Meets World has turned 94 on Wednesday. When asked what the secret behind his longevity, the nonagenarian gave credits to "love and family". He even said jokingly that turning a year older is "Better than the alternative!" in an interview with PEOPLE. He also credited exercise for helping him keep fit. Coming to celebrations, the actor said he had a day planned: He would celebrate by filming Cameos with his son Michael, then head out for dinner at their local California Pizza Kitchen in Los Angeles with his wife of 70 years, Bonnie Bartlett, his son Michael, and granddaughter, Grace.
Cameos is a personalized video service featuring some of the leading celebrities of the present. The app allows fans to pay celebrities to record a short, personalized video message for a small fee. According to Daily Mail, a single message from Daniels costs $150 and his average response time is three days. So far, he has over 350 five-star reviews which isn't a surprise at all as the actor is said to be taking his recordings very seriously as he's said to be including sweet anecdotes and quotes from his iconic character. "Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good." In many of Daniels' videos, there's a recurring theme as he always appears to be talking about the love of his life - his wife - whom he met while studying at Northwestern University and married in 1951.
In December, Daniels spoke to Forbes about their marriage and appeared to gush even after being together for over 70 years. "I think our relationship is based on mutual respect and I think she is smarter than me, better actor than me, and so I just hang on, you know, and try to get along," he shared. However, Bartlett cut him off to add that, "He doesn't mean that at all", but praised how he always makes her laugh and is an excellent father. Daniels responded quickly, "I'm an actor! I'm making it up as I go along.
His famous role came from the show which told the tale of Cory Mathews, a young boy who juggles school, friends, and romance with Mr. Feeny, Shawn, and Topanga. The series, which aired on Fridays became a spectacle as it began with Cory in the sixth grade and followed him and his entourage through to their college years. The show was somewhat ahead of its time compared to its peers because of the cultural impact it had depicting Angela's interracial relationship with Shawn at a time where such displays were a rarity for programs targeted at the youth. Trina McGee-Davis, the actress who played, Angela often remarked that the response she received from fans for her role was overwhelmingly positive. The show also popularized the curtained hair hairdo that both Cory and Shawn ran with.
The huge success of the show resulted in a sequel series called Girl Meets World featuring Riley Mathews as the daughter of Cory and Topanga and feature the life of Riley, and her best friend, Maya Hart, as they navigate the challenges of life and school. The show aired for three seasons from 2012-2014 as ratings slowly plummeted over the three seasons.