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The actor and his wife were asleep when they heard a commotion

By Emily Zauzmer
October 31, 2018 09:04 AM
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William Daniels, Boy Meets World‘s Mr. Feeny, deterred a would-be burglar on Saturday — and he’s opening up to Good Morning America about his act of bravery.

The actor, 91, and wife Bonnie Bartlett were at home in the San Fernando Valley when a person attempted to kick in his back door at 9:20 p.m. local time, TMZ first reported. When Daniels flicked on the light, the intruder fled.

“I struggled with an intruder, took him to the ground, I beat him up and he ran away with bruises all over him,” Daniels joked to ABC News. “Would you like to print that? You better not. It’s a total lie.”

In truth, “We were asleep, and I heard ‘bang, bang, bang,’ ” Daniels recalled.

“It was very noisy,” Bartlett explained.

“I lit the light, and Bonnie screamed, and this person fled,” Daniels continued.

“I think you scared him away,” Bartlett replied, and Daniels agreed.

The suspect has not been identified, according to GMA. The couple is planning to install a new alarm system.

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“Someone tried to break in to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Daniels on Saturday evening,” his rep initially confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement. “Luckily, Mr. Daniels was able to frighten away the person and the LAPD quickly responded. They are both well. Mr. Daniels thanks all his fans for their concern.”

Daniels played Mr. Feeny on the beloved sitcom from 1993 to 2000. He and Bartlett both appeared on the medical drama St. Elsewhere, for which they won two Emmy Awards each, according to the Television Academy.

Boy Meets World star Danielle Fishel responded to the incident by offering a reference to a Mr. Feeny quote. “Weird detail no one’s reporting, as the burglar ran away he yelled, ‘Dream! Try! Do Good!’ ” she quipped.

“Don’t ever mess with Mr. Feeny!” Will Friedle, another Boy Meets World actor, tweeted.