You never guess what Niles from The Nanny looks like now! Actor Daniel Davis makes a rare TV appearance as he reveals how he landed the role of the wise cracking butler
Daniel Davis played the wise-cracking butler Niles on the classic 90s sitcom The Nanny.
And the 75-year-old actor has now revealed how he got the part, he told the Australian morning show Studio 10 he couldn’t be lucky when he got a call.
The Broadway actor explained that he had auditioned for the role against screen legend Roddy McDowall and so didn’t think he had a chance.
Famous role: Actor Daniel Davis revealed how he got the role of wise-cracking butler Niles in the 90s sitcom The Nanny, telling Studio 10 that he couldn’t believe his luck when he got the call
He revealed that Fran Drescher, who played the show’s titular nanny, had gently teased him with his defeatist attitude.
Daniel imitated Fran’s unique voice and said, “She told me,” I bet when you joined CBS you thought it was going to be Roddy McDowall! ”
“I said,” Yeah, actually. Really. ”
Lead role: The Broadway actor explained that he had auditioned for the part against screen legend Roddy McDowall and so didn’t think he had a chance – but then Fran Drescher lobbied for him
He then revealed that Fran had lobbied for him to get the part because she didn’t want to be shadowed by Roddy.
She said, “No, because then it would be the Roddy McDowall show and this is the Fran Drescher show!” So I knew right away where I would be, ”said Daniel.
During The Nanny’s run, Niles’ nemesis CC Babcock, played by Lauren Lane, was often the butt of the butler’s witty barbs.
He said that during season four, Lauren had complained to the writers about her character being mocked so often
Iconic: The Nanny, starring Fran Drescher (right), was one of the most popular sitcoms of the 90s and was especially loved in Australia, where reruns continue to be aired to this day
‘I can not stand it! You have to give me a comeback, ”he claimed she said.
The Nanny has been screened in more than 30 countries, with several A-listers making cameos – including future US President Donald Trump.
Daniel said Trump wasn’t exactly handsome after complimenting the business tycoon on one of his Columbus Circle buildings in New York.
The Don: The Nanny has been screened in more than 30 countries, with several A-listers making cameos – including future US President Donald Trump
Daniel explained, “One day I said to him,” I was just in New York about a month ago and that incredible building you are building in Columbus Circle, I would really like to live in that building. “
Daniel said Trump replied, “You couldn’t afford it.”
In contrast, he was blinded by Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who was a joy to work with despite having ‘so many demands’ in her contract.
“They had to repaint her dressing room, everything had to be lavender, there was some kind of bottled water for her, a different kind for the dog,” he said.
Diva with a heart of gold: Daniel said he was blinded by Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor, who was a joy to work with despite having ‘so many demands’ in her contract
Daniel turned his attention to his own storyline of Niles marrying CC Babcock and acknowledging it was a mistake.
“I don’t think Lauren or I ever understood,” he said. ‘It really surprised me. It was so weird. ‘
Daniel is now a big star on the celebrity shout-out app Cameo, where he records messages for fans while in the role of Niles.
Cameo King: Daniel is now a major star on the celebrity shout-out app Cameo, where he records messages for fans while in the character Niles