Saturday, February 25, 2006

Actor Don Knotts Dead at 81

In this household, Don Knotts will always be remembered as Deputy Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show. No matter how corny his jokes were, he could keep the audience laughing.

Griffith, who remained close friends with Knotts, said he had a brilliant comedic mind and wrote some of the show's best scenes.

"Don was a small man ... but everything else about him was large: his mind, his expressions," Griffith told The Associated Press on Saturday. "Don was special. There's nobody like him.

"I loved him very much," Griffith added. "We had a long and wonderful life together."

Knotts will live on forever in the re-runs of The Andy Griffith show. The show ran from 1960-1968 and was in the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings every season. It was number 1 in it's final season. The show was one of only three which bowed out on the top - the other two being "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfield".

Knotts played in other movies, including Pleasantville, back-to-the-past, in 1998. He was a television repairmen whose supercharged remote control sent two teenagers into a TV sitcom past.

The world laughed at Knotts, but it also laughed with him.
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Carol said...

Besides Mayberry RFD, I'll always remember him best in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken. Even my kids love that one!

Barbara said...

I don't know if I remember that one or not, Carol. But, anything he was in was good. He just had a way about him that was tickled the funny bone!