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Don Knotts

Actor + Comedian
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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 and 1980s 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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CHILDHOOD

1924 Birth Born on July 21, 1924.

TEENAGE

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

TWENTIES

1948 23 Years Old Knotts earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 from West Virginia University after returning from service in World War II. … 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

THIRTIES

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

FORTIES

1965 40 Years Old …  Knotts left the series in 1965. … Read More
1969 44 Years Old …  Elsie Knotts died in 1969, at age 84.
1970 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  On television, he went on to host an odd-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 memorable episodes of The New Scooby Doo Movies; one being "The Spooky Fog of Juneberry", in which he played a lawman who bore a remarkable resemblance to Barney Fife, and the other being "Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner". … Read More

FIFTIES

1975 - 1976 2 More Events
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

LATE ADULTHOOD

1986 - 1992 4 More Events
1998 73 Years Old In 1998, Knotts had a small but pivotal role as a mysterious TV repairman in Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. … 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 1 More Event
Knotts' final role was in Air Buddies, the 2006 direct-to-video sequel to Air Bud, voicing the sheriff's deputy dog, Sniffer. … Read More
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