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William Daniels Wins SAG Presidency

November 7, 1999

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Actor William Daniels defeated the incumbent Screen Actors Guild president in a victory that divided the union of film and TV actors.

Daniels, 72, got 10,008 of the 21,068 ballots cast while incumbent Richard Masur, 50, got 8,972 votes. Actress Angeltompkins was third with 2,015 votes.

The vote was announced Friday.

Masur was running for his third, two-year term. He had the support of top stars, including Billy Crystal, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dennis Franz and Michael J. Fox.

An anti-Masur group called Performers Alliance drafted Daniels to run in September even though he had not been active in SAG before becoming a candidate.

It is expected Daniels will seek a tougher stance during negotiations with the entertainment industry. Hollywood talent guilds believe they have not received their fair share of revenues from cable television and foreign markets.

Daniels also has criticized SAG for having too many staff members.

Daniels won an Emmy for best actor twice for his role as Dr. Mark Craig on ``St. Elsewhere.″ He currently plays Mr. Feeny on the ABC sitcom ``Boy Meets World″ and was the voice of the car on ``Knight Rider″ with David Hasselhoff.

More than 99,000 ballots were mailed to eligible union voters nationwide, but only 21.9 percent were returned and counted.

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