Don Knotts

Actor + Comedian
Born Jul 21, 1925

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, a role which earned him five Emmy Awards. He also played landlord Ralph Furley on the 1970s television sitcom Three's Company. In 1996, TV Guide ranked him number 27 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.… Read More

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1924 Birth Born on July 21, 1924.


1941 16 Years Old Her son William Earl Knotts (1910–1941) preceded her in death in 1941, at age 31. … Read More


1948 23 Years Old Knotts graduated from Morgantown High School. After enlisting in the Army and serving in World War II, Knotts earned a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University, graduating in 1948. … Read More
1953 28 Years Old Knotts got his first major break on television in the soap opera Search for Tomorrow where he appeared from 1953 to 1955. … Read More


1955 30 Years Old From October 20, 1955 through September 14, 1957, Knotts appeared in the Broadway version of No Time for Sergeants, in which he played two roles, listed on the playbill as a Corporal Manual Dexterity and a Preacher.
1958 33 Years Old In 1958, Knotts appeared for the first time on film with Andy Griffith in the film version of No Time for Sergeants. … Read More
1960 35 Years Old In 1960, Andy Griffith was offered the opportunity to headline his own sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968). … Read More


1965 40 Years Old …  Knotts left the series in 1965. … Read More
1970 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On television, he went on to host a variety show/sitcom hybrid on NBC, The Don Knotts Show, which aired Tuesdays during the fall of 1970, but the series was low-rated and short-lived. … Read More
1972 47 Years Old In 1972, Knotts voiced an animated version of himself in two episodes of The New Scooby Doo Movies: "The Spooky Fog of Juneberry", in which he played a lawman resembling Barney Fife, and "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner". … Read More


1975 50 Years Old Beginning in 1975, Knotts was teamed with Tim Conway in a series of slapstick films aimed at children, including the 1975 Disney film The Apple Dumpling Gang and its 1979 sequel, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again. … Read More
1979 54 Years Old In 1979, Knotts returned to series television in his second most identifiable role, the wacky-but-lovable landlord Ralph Furley on Three's Company. … Read More
1981 56 Years Old On set, Knotts easily integrated himself to the already-established cast who were, as John Ritter put it, "so scared" of Knotts because of his star status when he joined the cast. When Suzanne Somers left the show after a contract dispute in 1981, the writers started giving the material meant for Somers' Crissy to Knotts' Furley.
1984 59 Years Old Knotts remained on the show until it ended in 1984. … Read More


1986 - 1996 4 More Events
1998 73 Years Old In 1998, Knotts played a small but pivotal role as a mysterious TV repairman in Pleasantville. … Read More
2000 75 Years Old 1 More Event
Knotts was recognized in 2000 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002 78 Years Old In 2002, he appeared again with Scooby-Doo in the video game Scooby-Doo! … Read More
2003 79 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2003, Knotts teamed up with Tim Conway again to provide voices for the direct-to-video children's series Hermie and Friends which continued until his death.
2005 81 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005, he was the voice of Mayor Turkey Lurkey in Chicken Little (2005), his first Disney movie since 1979.
2006 82 Years Old Don Knotts died at age 81 on February 24, 2006 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and respiratory complications to pneumonia related to lung cancer. … Read More
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