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Name: Don Knotts  
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Date of Birth: 21st July 1924
Place of Birth: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Profession: Actor
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Knotts as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (born July 21, 1924) is an American actor. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia to Elsie L. Moore and William Jesse Knotts, whose ancestors had been in America since the 17th century. He served in World War II as an entertainer and received the World War II Victory Medal.

Knotts first gained exposure in 1956, after being a regular on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1953 to 1955, on Steve Allen's variety show. He is remembered for appearing in Allen's mock "Man in the Street" interviews, always as a man obviously very nervous about being on camera. This fidgety, high-strung characterization would serve him well throughout his career.

Knotts is best known for his role as deputy Barney Fife on the American television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, a portrayal that earned him five Emmy Awards. After leaving the series, Knotts starred in a series of film comedies: The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) and The Love God? (1969).

In the 1970s, Knotts and Tim Conway starred together in a series of slapstick movies.

Knotts returned to television in the late 1970s, appearing as landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company, after Audra Lindley and Norman Fell left the show to star in a spinoff series ("The Ropers"). Knotts also had a recurring role on Matlock, which starred his old friend and co-star Andy Griffith. He also appeared with Griffith in the 1986 made for television movie Return to Mayberry, where he once again of course played good old "Barney Fife".

In 1998, Knotts began a recent career comeback with his part as the mysterious TV repairman in Pleasantville (1998).


  • No Time for Sergeants (1958)
  • Wake Me When It's Over (1960)
  • The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
  • It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) (Cameo)
  • Move Over, Darling (1963)
  • The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
  • The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
  • The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
  • Rowan & Martin at the Movies (1968) (short subject)
  • The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
  • The Love God? (1969)
  • How to Frame a Figg (1971)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
  • No Deposit, No Return (1976)
  • Gus (1976)
  • Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
  • Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
  • The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
  • The Prize Fighter (1979)
  • The Private Eyes (1981)
  • Cannonball Run II (1984)
  • Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987) (voice)
  • Big Bully (1996)
  • Cats Don't Dance (1997) (voice)
  • Pleasantville (1998)
  • Chicken Little (2005) (voice) (currently filming)

TV work

  • Search for Tomorrow (cast member from 1953-1955)
  • The Steve Allen Show (1956-1960)
  • The Andy Griffith Show (cast member from 1960-1965)
  • The New Steve Allen Show (1961) (canceled after 4 months)
  • The Don Knotts Show (1970-1971)
  • The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972)
  • I Love a Mystery (1973)
  • Steve Allen's Laugh Back (1975) (canceled after a few weeks)
  • Three's Company (cast member from 1979-1984)
  • Return to Mayberry (1986)
  • What a Country (cast member in 1987)
  • Matlock (cast member from 1989-1990)
  • Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (1991) (voice)
  • Matlock: The Picture (1991)
  • Jingle Bells (1999) (voice)
  • Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (2003) (voice)
  • Hermie & Friends (2004) (voice)
  • Robot Chicken (2005) (voice)
  • Las Vegas (2005)

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