He describes it as “the best role” of his career. Yet actor William Daniels, whose portrayal of John Adams in both the Broadway and movie versions of 1776 – the Tony Award-winning musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence – left an indelible mark on a generation of theatergoers, film aficionados and history buffs, also refers to the part as one of the two most challenging he has ever played.
His other most challenging role? That would be playing Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, in PBS’s epic thirteen-episode miniseries, The Adams Chronicles.
And, lest anyone forget, he also played Samuel Adams in Universal’s television adaptation of The Bastard.