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Don Knotts was a comedic actor of film and television known for his roles on TV's The Andy Griffith Show and Three's Company.
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Actor and comedian Don Knotts faced many difficulties as a child growing up in West Virginia to ultimately become one of America's most beloved TV stars.
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The cast of "The Andy Griffith Show" recall their experiences on set.
On October 3rd, 1960, the world was introduced to Andy Griffith and a small town called Mayberry.
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No Time For Sergeants, which marked his first collaboration with Andy Griffith. Knotts appeared as a regular member of the ensemble cast on NBC's The Steve Allen Show, from 1956 to 1960; he moved to Hollywood when the show relocated in 1959. He also reprised his No Time for Sergeants role in the 1958 film version, alongside Griffith, a fellow regular on The Steve Allen Show. The Andy Griffith Show, playing Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife to Griffith's Sheriff Andy Taylor. Knotts stayed with the tremendously successful show for five seasons, during which he won three Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role in a Series. Though he left The Andy Griffith Show in 1965 to pursue a film career, his periodic returns in 1966 and 1967 earned him two more Emmys.
His first leading role in a film came in 1964, with The Incredible Mr. Limpet. The film began a string of appearances in low-budget family films for Knotts including The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), and The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) that won him widespread recognition as a film actor. By 1970, however, Knotts clean-cut humor seemed somewhat out of place in a more sophisticated film industry, and he began to appear in a series of somewhat more juvenile films, beginning with the Disney comedy-Western, The Apple Dumpling Gang, in 1975, co-starring the comedian Tim Conway, who became a frequent collaborator.
Three's Company, as the eccentric, leisure suit-clad landlord Mr. Furley. He remained on the show until it went off the air in 1984. In 1986, he joined his Andy Griffith Show co-stars, including Griffith and Ron Howard, on a wildly popular TV movie special, Return to Mayberry.
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