- NAME: Don Knotts
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Television Actor, Comedian
- BIRTH DATE: July 21, 1924
- DEATH DATE: February 24, 2006
- EDUCATION: West Virginia University
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Morgantown, West Virginia
- PLACE OF DEATH: Los Angeles, California
- Full Name: Jesse Donald Knotts
- AKA: Donald Knotts
- AKA: Don Knotts
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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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On October 3rd, 1960, the world was introduced to Andy Griffith and a small town called Mayberry.
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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. Teaming with Griffith once more, Knotts played a pesky neighbor in a recurring role on Griffith's courtroom drama series, Matlock, from 1988 to 1992.
Knotts, who at various times in his career struggled with severe hypochondria and a degenerative eye disease, had somewhat of a career resurgence in the late 1990s. In 1998, he played a key role in the acclaimed movie Pleasantville, as a mysterious TV repairman who ushers two 1990s youngsters into the black-and-white world of 1950s television. In 1999, the notoriously shy and private Knotts published his autobiography, Barney Fife and Other Characters I Have Known.
Knotts died of lung cancer on February 24, 2006, at the age of 81, in Los Angeles, California. He was survived by two children, Karen and Thomas, from his first marriage to Kathryn Metz.
Knotts and his college sweetheart, Kathryn Metz, married in 1947 and divorced in 1964. He was married to his second wife, Loralee Czuchna, from 1974 to 1983, and was later romantically involved with actress Francey Yarborough.
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