Born: July 21, 1924
Died: February 24, 2006 (aged 81) He died of Pulmonary and Respiratory Complications
Don Knotts is most famous for his role in The Andy Griffith Show. But have you ever watched his skits? He did this one on a nervous Weather Man. You should YouTube it. I absolutely love him. He is so charming and sweet. He could have totally shot his own foot off in the Andy Griffith Show. He knew how to make his audience laugh. He also has a scene in No Time for Sergeants. Which is a cute movie he did with Andy Griffith, his best friend. He was also in The Incredible Mr. Limpet and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. I also recommend watching these films. They are cute and funny.
Don Knotts was also a veteran of WWII he enlisted at the age of 19, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge, and Honorable Service Lapel Pin. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He was the youngest of four brothers. His father was a troubled man, threatened his mother with a knife and spent time in a mental hospital. His brother Earl, nicknamed Shadow because of his thinness, died of asthma in 1942 when Knotts was still a teenager. Could you imagine Don as a chicken plucker? He did that as one of his earliest jobs because he was told that he would never become an actor. He never retired from acting. He actually received a Bachelor's degree in Education from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia in 1948.
I enjoy watching him in The Andy Griffith Show. My favorite personal episode is in season 2 where Barney joins the choir. He can't sing a lick. It is said that Don Knotts sang off key on purpose, you can actually hear him sing on key in the third episode where he sings with the guest star, James Best, and his guitar. Barney was recognized as the Good Ol' 14A. LOL. Please watch this episode, it is truly my favorite. I love me some Don Knotts!