Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others” as Want to Read:
There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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
...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Potomac Books
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about There I Go Again, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about There I Go Again

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.15  · 
Rating details
 ·  340 ratings  ·  90 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of There I Go Again: How I Came to Be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others
Ellen
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Did you really think Mr. Feeny would get anything less than five stars? What, are you new? (tm Cory Matthews)

Besides this obvious bias, I really did enjoy this book! It's well-written (he mentions he hand wrote it, on yellow legal pads!), entertaining, and it leaves you wanting more, in the best way. I learned a lot. I had no idea he was a child actor (on the radio - he's old) or that he considered himself a "song and dance man." He's really self-deprecating and, perhaps realistically, attribute
...more
Samantha
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a few three or less star reviews of this book because people wanted it to be all about Boy Meets World.  I am one of the top die hard fans of Boy Meets World and Mr. Feeny, but it's important to remember this is William Daniels' autobiography of how he "Came To Be" all these beloved characters.  This book was not advertised as "All the Fun Things That Happened Behind the Scenes of Boy Meets World".  This is a book about a man, and the life he lived, while also portraying characters he di ...more
Margaret Sholders
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read many biographies. I had a thought about watching 1776 again. I saw William as John Adams. The next day I went to NetGalley and there he was standing there. I held my breath and waited to see if I got this book to review. I got it! William started at 2 year old and brings the reader to today. It grips you to see how his family function, or not. He was a Song and Dance artist. He worked with his two younger sisters. I can't believe that he had worked with so many famous people ...more
Jim Razinha
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copies
I got an advanced look at this through NetGalley and it is {pick your superlative...I have too many}. Wonderful, charming, humbly self-effacing for a man with an 80 year career. I admit to never having seen him for even one second in the first role listed in the subtitle, and only snippets of the third - I wasn't a fan of St. Elsewhere, and know nothing of Boy Meets World, but I loved him in 1776. As for an uncredited voice role, I remember being in (US Navy) boot camp in January/February 1984 a ...more
Daria Zeoli
I'm a child of the 80s and a teenager of the 90s, so William Daniels is Mr. Feeny & KITT to me.

I loved his memoir! I found his story- which he wrote in longhand, to be transcribed for print - engaging, and I feel I learned a lot about the actor behind the "Hey, aren't you that guy?" face.

From his start as a child actor to his two years as SAG president, Bill Daniels tells us candidly about his roles, both personal and professional, over the past eight decades in show business. It's an impressi
...more
Ashly Curtis
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely cried reading the Boy Oh Boy chapter... I'm sad that that wasn't the end of the book and that William Daniels isn't ACTUALLY Mr Feeny... but this book was such a captivating look into the life of an actor who has been working basically his whole entire life through the Great Depression and World War II. Really glad I pick this up. ...more
Kevin
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway. As I read this book and was telling people about it, I got the response that was forseen by Mr. Daniels. "You are reading an autobiography about who?!" It is very unfortunate that one has to explain who William Daniels is, because he has always been an excellent actor and voice. I grew up with Feeny, but my favorite role of his will always be John Adams. There is just so much humanity and pomp in that character. The book lets us in behind the ...more
Andi
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love theater. I love William Daniels.

If you only know William Daniels from Boy Meets World and you're wanting him to talk about his time on the show, then you're not going to enjoy this book.

If you want to read a very honest, well written, emotional memoir, about a Broadway/film/television actor, then by all means, this book is for you.

There were little things revealed here in there in the course of William's life that I never knew (and now knowing makes sense!). I liked hearing him talk about
...more
Deb Jones
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
William Daniels, among the many other roles he's played and hats he has worn, is a storyteller. Reading his autobiography was much like sitting in a comfy chair, listening to him tell the story of his life. It didn't take much imagination on my part to "hear" the words on the page in the actor's much-recognized voice.

Don't read this book if what you're interested in are the details of some of his most well-known roles. This isn't that kind of book. Instead, it is a glimpse into the life of a man
...more
Natalie
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017, memoir
An enjoyable look at the career of William Daniels. I am a big fan of Boy Meets World so I had to read this book about one of my favorite characters on the show. He didn't talk much about it - only one chapter - and I would have loved to know more about it.

It was really cool that he knew Leo Carroll (from North by Northwest, one of my all time favorite movies) and that he laughed at Albert Finney referring to gorgeous Audrey Hepburn as Audrey Sunburn.

It had some funny moments, but I wanted mor
...more
Ryan Lindberg
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like most people my age, I grew up with William Daniels as Mr. Feeny on the hit show Boy Meets World, which is also why I picked up this book. I never expected the longevity or influence he had as an actor. Every chapter has a major name drop: Bojangles, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and more. "There I Go Again," is secretly a brief history of American entertainment as it covers song and dance, radio, theatre, and early to present television and movies. I now have a long list of ...more
Jason VanderVlist
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A detailed and exquisite look into the life of William Daniels. At times remarkably transparent, Daniels deep dives into his life growing up as a child actor and the emotional turmoil this period represented in his life. It's extremely engrossing all the while being extraneously human. A must read for theatre junkies and the like. ...more
Richard
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was a fan of Dr. Crain on St. Elsewhere as well as the original John Adams in 1776. I have seen William Daniels in a lot of movies and TV shows over the years so I was very interested in his autobiography. This book did not disappoint. I was not aware that he was a child performer or that he may have been his own worst enemy in the business. This is a fun read for an actor geek like me.
Jessica Fellows
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was great to learn more about the fine actor many of us have enjoyed through tv. To learn he had been a child actor and an actor on broadway. There is so much more to him than KITT, Dr. Craig or Mr. Feeny!❤️
Heather
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
William Daniels has had a very long career on stage, radio, and big and small screen. I loved watching him every Friday as Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World. In There I Go Again, he goes basically chronologically talking about some of the things he has done in his career and through his marriage to his wife. I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy his work.
Lisa
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed William Daniels acting from 1776 on forward. The audio book was well read by the presenter. I was hoping that there might have been a recording or 2 by Mr. Daniels himself.
Haley
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
You know how they say “Don’t meet your heroes?” Sometimes…they are right.

William Daniels will always be Mr. Feeny to anyone of my generation. It doesn’t matter what else he is in–any time William Daniels appears on screen, calls of FEEEEEENY are heard.

Of course, as an actor of age, I assumed he had a career long before Boy Meets World, so his memoirs intrigued me. I snatched that book right up when it appeared on my NetGalley dash!

Unfortunately…William Daniels is not near as well spoken as our b
...more
Kristen
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William Daniels' autobiography, "There I Go Again: How I Came to be Mr. Feeny, John Adams, Dr. Craig, KITT, and Many Others," tells the story of a man fans will recognize from many of the characters he has played: smart, irascible, talented, and frank. In fact, Daniels notes that he's a lot like Dr. Mark Craig, the character he played on the TV show "St. Elsewhere:" "I can be rather abrupt, very critical, and sometimes judgmental -- a real martinet." Fortunately, he is clearly not like John Adam ...more
Laura Laidman
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I grew up on Boy Meets World. I’ve got the entire series on DVD and I’ve watched most of its followup, Girl Meets World. When I saw that the man who I’d always known as Mr. Feeny had penned his autobiography, I knew I was going to have to read it.

William Daniels, the man most people under thirty-five know as Mr. Feeny, and many others know as KITT, John Adams, Dr. Craig, and so many others, has been in show business for eighty years. That was fact number one I had no clue of when I first dug int
...more
Mediaman
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, broadway, tv
This disappointing memoir is negative from start to finish. Daniels must be the most negative person in Hollywood, and the title should have been, "I Said No" because that was his reaction to virtually every role and script offered (including many of the hit roles he eventually accepted). The worst part is that he barely addresses most of the things he is known for. The Graduate? Barely mentioned. St. Elsewhere? Not much other than his Emmy wins. Knight Rider? A few sentences. Boy Meets World? I ...more
Bonnye Reed
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
GNab I received a free electronic copy of this autobiography from Netgalley, Bill Daniels, and University of Nebraska Press, Potomac Books, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all, for sharing your work with me.

William Daniels is one of those actors you 'know' as soon as you see their face, you can do the whole filmography by heart, but the name.... Not fair, is it, but he played an important roll in the lives of us baby boomers. The respect is there, for the memories and life lessons le
...more
kristen
There are memoirs that would work better as conversations than monologues and I think this is one. It's a little meandering and focuses less on the promises hinted at by the subtitle than on Daniels' early life. Fans looking for anecdotes of Mr. Feeny will probably be disappointed - he doesn't seem to have any affection for the role and appears befuddled by the devotion many millennials feel for the character.

The best part of the book is the appendix where he and Lin Manuel Miranda have a phone
...more
Ana Garza
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What an interesting life he has led. While I did wish there were more Boy Meets World anecdotes, as I'm a massive fan, it was wonderful getting to know William Daniels as opposed to "Mr. Feeny."

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy of this novel.
...more
Kristi Drillien
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, memoir
The long sub-title sums up what this book is about quite nicely. The way Mr. Daniels describes it, he sort of "fell" into show business, starting with the insistence of his mother, and just never could find his way out of it, not that he tried very hard. Eventually he came to realize that it was what he wanted to be doing. In this book, he tells the story of his most iconic roles, and everything in between--how he came to have them, and even what it was like to play them.

My interest in this book
...more
Marie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Adams, Dr. Mark Craig, KITT, Mr. Feeny – all of these have one person in common – an extraordinary and talented actor by the name of William Daniels.

Whether you are a theater buff, movie fan, or someone who watches television – you probably know his voice and perhaps his name. But, few people know the man behind the voices and characters and how he landed the iconic roles some of us know him for.

Originally written out in his own handwriting, on yellow legal pads, Daniels chronicles his lif
...more
Marianne Betters
Dr. Mark Craig

As a young mother in the 1980’s, with six children born between 1975-1990; I watched very little TV. But I never missed St. Elsewhere. At the time I identified with the generation of young doctors, but admired the older characters. During this pandemic, my husband and I are watching again from the first season to the last. Now a retired counselor and a grandmother, my life experience is rich. I have been deeply moved by several of Bill Daniels’ scenes- in tears or speechless. When
...more
Chris Batchelor
When I bought this book over the summer, I thought I was getting a really great read. However, once I opened it, I had forgotten just how old the "character" was and had forgotten that he had other positions before the one I remember him on (Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World). So, although it took me a few months to get through - battling some car issues and some medical checks (that came out negative in the end (ugh)), the read through on this book just lingered on for so long.

When the author wrote
...more
Sarah
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Thanks to Netgalley for this book.

I knew William Daniels had been in a number of things but I will always know and love him as Mr. Feeny. I am a child of ABCs Friday Night Family and grew up on Boy Meets World. (Let's ignore the abomination that is the sequel). His dry delivery never failed to tickle me and his underlying warmth brought a tear to my eye, especially in the finale (omg when he touches that desk!!!).

BUT, I was very impressed to learn that he has been in show business nearly his en
...more
Carrie ♠
I started this book last summer thanks to Netgalley providing me with an advance copy. Unfortunately, real life with college kept me away, so I needed to re-read and I'm glad I did. I would give this 4.5 stars.

Overall, I found Mr. Daniels' writing style to my liking (though some might not). There was something about how he presented his life with his asides appealing to me and made him feel more like an everyday guy who struggled with the everyday happenings despite having become a well-known a
...more
Rachel
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an unpleasant reminder that the actor and the character are two separate people.

I grew up with Boy Meets World. I loved Mr. Feeney. I'd you're looking for stories about his days on set, look elsewhere. It is such a small part of this book. This book focuses on William Daniels ENTIRE life.

I was surprised to find out He was a child actor. Trained to sing and dance as a child, he was constantly paraded from school to performances. He did not have a normal childhood. Most of his life was
...more
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country
  • Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs
  • Star Wars: Rogue One Adaptation
  • Star Wars: Han Solo
  • Star Wars: Shattered Empire
  • Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions
  • Star Wars: Captain Phasma
  • Star Wars: Princess Leia
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Kylo Ren
  • Star Wars: Chewbacca
  • Star Wars: Jedi of the Republic - Mace Windu
  • Star Wars: Lando - Double or Nothing
  • Star Wars: Han Solo - Imperial Cadet
  • Star Wars: Lando
  • Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin
  • Solo: A Star Wars Story Adaptation
  • Star Wars: Thrawn
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi Adaptation
See similar books…
See top shelves…

Related Articles

Anne Lamott, the beloved writer of memoirs including Bird by Bird and Traveling Mercies, once said, “You own everything that happened to you....
60 likes · 22 comments