The role of Joe Hackett in Wings was played by none other than Tim Daly. His character, who was at the center of the show, was a co-owner of the small airline company named Sandpiper. We see him making his childhood dreams come true, well, sort of. Sandpiper may have not been the airline he envisioned for himself, but with his mature and hardworking nature, he does the best he can. As for the actor, his life looked pretty different from his TV character.
Daly was actually born in Manhattan to a family of entertainers, so naturally, he pursued. Starting out at the Putney School, Daly dove into literature and theatre. He started out his career at the ripe age of 10 where he starred in “An Enemy of the People.”
It Was The TV Underdog
Perhaps not as witty and edgy as its sitcom counterparts, the show made its mark. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find people from the 90s sitcom era who had never heard of the show. While the creators didn't necessarily break any molds or raise controversial topics, "Wings" was the fun and simple show of the 90s, the TV comfort food if you will.
The leads, Tim Daly and Steven Webber who portrayed Joe and Brian Hackett had a great dynamic, a little competitive, but mostly complementary, it was the older brother younger brother relationship as old as time itself. Of course, in addition to them, there was a gang of funny and adorable characters, as well as some beautiful love interests.
The Show Made Some Stars
While "Seinfeld" was the hottest of the show of the era, many of us witnessed the terrible "Seinfeld" curse, where most of the cast saw their careers pretty much plummet the moment it ended. "Wings" on the other hand, definitely put some of Hollywood's talent on the map.
Thomas Haden Church, star of the HBO series "Divorce" started out as the hilarious idiot savant mechanic. And everyone now knows Antonio the cab driver as the iconic Emmy award-winning "Monk" as well as the hilarious and beleaguered patriarch, Abe Weisman. As for the rest of the cast, they've continued to pop up our screens pretty consistently. Its been over 25 years since the eight-season show came to an end, let's see what the rest of the cast is up to.
Tim Daly Today
When Daly was younger he wanted to be an athlete, musician or even a budding actor. He took the professional acting route and has not looked back since. When he was working in theatre he appeared in a Broadway show called “Coastal Disturbances.”
Since then he had a background in voice acting, he played Superman and Clark Kent's voice in the animated series that spanned for 4 years. He has two children now with previous wife Amy Van Nostrand and is currently seeing Téa Leoni for the past 6 years.
Steven Weber Then
Steven Weber starred as Joe's smart but pretty reckless younger brother Brian Hacket. This is a character who seriously bungled his scholarship to Princeton and even a NASA astronaut training opportunity. Nevertheless, as Joe's brother, he's safe at Sandpiper. Weber nailed this role and beat out some serious big deal contenders.
The actor was born in New York to a family of entertainers. Fran his mother was a singer while his dad managed a nightclub that also hosted comedians. It comes as no surprise that the High School he'd later on attend would be a performing arts school under the guise of his parents