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When you see that there’s breaking news on Twitter about William Daniels, 91 (you know, Mr. Feeny on Boy Meets World), your brain immediately defaults to him dying. If we’re being completely honest with ourselves here, I’d guess that most of you assumed he was already dead. With Gordie Howe and John Mahoney passing in recent memory, my alive childhood heroes are few and far between.
Frankly, I thought it was over.
But no. Not even close. Not only is Mr. Feeny still alive, but he’s foiling robberies in San Fernando Valley.
Some dumbass tried to kick in his door while he was relaxing with his 89-year-old wife, only for Mr. Feeny to kick on the lights and scare him off. You may think that “turning on the lights” isn’t much of a self-defense mechanism, but just imagine how this could’ve played out had he cowered in an un-Feeny-like manner.
William Daniels, who portrayed the teacher George Feeny on the 1990s show, was at his house with his 89-year-old wife, Bonnie Bartlett, Saturday evening when the incident began.
Shortly before 9:30 p.m., the would-be intruder forced open a back door, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Tuesday. Daniels quickly reacted, turning on lights in the house.
“Luckily, Mr. Daniels was able to frighten away the person and the LAPD quickly responded,” the “St. Elsewhere” actor’s publicist said in a statement to ABC7. “They are both well. Mr. Daniels thanks all his fans for their concern.”
I’d call him a “hero,” but everyone already knew he was one.
Can you imagine the dressing down this robber would’ve gotten once he got in and realized who he was trying to rob? Worse than the time Shawn Hunter was putting cherry bombs in mailboxes and tried to run away from home.
I’m not sure if you’ve watched his parting words to the gang in the Boy Meets World lately, but let me refresh your memory: “Believe in yourselves. Dream. Try. Do good.” As Topanga responded, “You were more of a father to me than my real dad.” Shawn called him “the best person [he] knows.” Cory told him, “You’ll always be with us.”
This hoodlum who attempted to steal the belongings of the single greatest teacher in the history of television? He would’ve been sitting on the couch with his head down while Mr. Feeny lectured him on the ins and outs of integrity until the police showed up. “Don’t prosecute him,” he would’ve told them. “He’s learned enough today.”
Class dismissed. .