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Actor Don Knotts dies at 81; made being a nerd OK
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/mld/sanluisobispo/news/politics/13962329.htm ^ | Sat, Feb. 25, 2006 | JEREMIAH MARQUEZ

Posted on 02/25/2006 2:38:42 PM PST by lunarbicep

LOS ANGELES - Don Knotts, the skinny, lovable nerd who kept generations of television audiences laughing as bumbling Deputy Barney Fife on "The Andy Griffith Show," has died. He was 81.

Knotts died Friday night of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, said Paul Ward, a spokesman for the cable network TV Land, which airs "The Andy Griffith Show," and another Knotts hit, "Three's Company."

Unspecified health problems had forced him to cancel an appearance in his native Morgantown in August 2005.

The West Virginia-born actor's half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmies.

The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.

Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn't mind being remembered that way.

His favorite episodes, he said, were "The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bea makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir," where no one can stop him from singing. "I can't sing. It makes me sad that I can't sing or dance well enough to be in a musical, but I'm just not talented in that way," he lamented. "It's one of my weaknesses


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1 posted on 02/25/2006 2:38:43 PM PST by lunarbicep
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To: lunarbicep
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2 posted on 02/25/2006 2:41:51 PM PST by ferri (Be Politically Incorrect: Support the Constitution!)
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To: lunarbicep

Too bad, he seemed a real nice chap. Hopefully heaven gained a comedian.

But as for not being able to sing, didn't stop his look alike, Mick Jagger.


3 posted on 02/25/2006 2:41:55 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: lunarbicep

He brought a life of laughter to us. Rest in peace Mr. Knotts.


4 posted on 02/25/2006 2:42:09 PM PST by kenth
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To: lunarbicep

RIP, Don. I enjoyed you in the early Disney movies.


5 posted on 02/25/2006 2:42:35 PM PST by The Right Stuff
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To: lunarbicep

6 posted on 02/25/2006 2:43:14 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: lunarbicep
Nobody else could have pulled this off the way he did.
7 posted on 02/25/2006 2:44:04 PM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: lunarbicep
"The Pickle Story," where Aunt Bea makes pickles no one can eat, and "Barney and the Choir,"

Two classics. I sure wish Hollywierd could manage for find decent guys like him.

8 posted on 02/25/2006 2:44:34 PM PST by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: lunarbicep
Time for the Andy Griffith/Three's Company marathon on TVLand. I'll miss the bulging-eyed clown...

R.I.P. Don

9 posted on 02/25/2006 2:44:42 PM PST by SilentServiceCPO
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To: lunarbicep

Sad, sad news.
RIP


10 posted on 02/25/2006 2:45:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Past Your Eyes

OH!>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>My favorite show..God Bless BArney one of the greats is now gone..:(


11 posted on 02/25/2006 2:45:39 PM PST by laney (*Ouantum Queen...)
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To: lunarbicep

Sad news indeed. RIP Don Knotts, you will be missed.


12 posted on 02/25/2006 2:46:34 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: freepatriot32

Don Knotts enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 19, serving during World War II. In addition to serving on the field, he used his time in the Army to hone his entertainment skills, entertaining his fellow soldiers, eventually discarding his ventriloquist dummy and standing on his own as an entertainer. He served the U.S. Army honorably, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar) and Honorable Service Lapel Pin. Don Knotts was honorably discharged on January 6, 1946.

Well done Sir. Rest In Peace Mr. Knotts.


13 posted on 02/25/2006 2:47:14 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: kenth

Amen


14 posted on 02/25/2006 2:47:48 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: lunarbicep


Remeber his time on Threes' Company???


15 posted on 02/25/2006 2:48:16 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: ferri

:( :( :(

"Henry Limpet: What if I told you I used to be a human being?

Ladyfish: I don't care how terrible your past was, Limpet."

RIP Mr. Knotts.


16 posted on 02/25/2006 2:48:22 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: lunarbicep
Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity lost a brother. In the firm conviction my fraternity demands of me....

Don Knotts was an excellent actor to portray such a person as Barney Fife and be so far in real life removed from Barney's persona.

17 posted on 02/25/2006 2:48:37 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: lunarbicep

Met him on a flight one time, when he was flying back from a reunion pic with his Mayberry friends.

Nice guy and magnanimous as all get out. I treasure his autograph (he made it out to my wife).

RIP, Don.


18 posted on 02/25/2006 2:48:58 PM PST by freedumb2003 (American troops cannot be defeated. American Politicians can.)
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To: ferri
Pure comedic genius...


19 posted on 02/25/2006 2:49:23 PM PST by Dark Skies ("Free speech is THE weapon of choice against islam.")
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To: lunarbicep

Dang! One of my all-time favourite comedians has passed. Prayers for his friends and family.

So many good TV moments and damned funny movies. I may have to watch the Ghost and Mister Chicken and the Reluctant Astronaut.


20 posted on 02/25/2006 2:49:41 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: laney

Remember the time Barney tried to recite the pre-amble to the Constitution for Andy, and Andy had to prompt him through the whole thing. Classic American comedy! Don Knotts was great.


21 posted on 02/25/2006 2:49:50 PM PST by Callahan
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To: lunarbicep
When T.V. was good to watch.

R.I.P. "Deputy".

22 posted on 02/25/2006 2:49:54 PM PST by mosquewatch.com ("The enemy is anyone who will get you killed, no matter what side they are on.")
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To: lunarbicep

One of the best TV shows ever. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

Rest in peace Mr. Knotts.


23 posted on 02/25/2006 2:51:21 PM PST by Cap'n Crunch
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To: lunarbicep

The The Andy Griffith Show would never have made without old Barney.


25 posted on 02/25/2006 2:51:42 PM PST by jwh_Denver (Don't ask me any questions, I've lawyered up.)
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To: lunarbicep

You done good, Don.


26 posted on 02/25/2006 2:54:30 PM PST by Lexington Green (Guess the war is over. Ya-hoo!)
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To: Cap'n Crunch
They don't make 'em like that anymore.

If this planet is around in a thousand years, people will still be laughing at (and with) Deputy Fife.

27 posted on 02/25/2006 2:55:26 PM PST by Dark Skies ("Free speech is THE weapon of choice against islam.")
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To: SevenofNine

Don Knotts passes.


28 posted on 02/25/2006 2:56:11 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Lexington Green

29 posted on 02/25/2006 2:56:28 PM PST by iPod Shuffle
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To: jwh_Denver

You could learn alot about life from watching Andy Griffith. And insecure Barney was at the heart of the show. I loved the way Andy always looked out for his goofy friend.


30 posted on 02/25/2006 2:58:05 PM PST by Callahan
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To: lunarbicep

What a loss.


31 posted on 02/25/2006 2:59:00 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: lunarbicep

Thank You Mr. Knotts, for the FREEDOM and the laughs.


32 posted on 02/25/2006 2:59:56 PM PST by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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To: lunarbicep

Don Knotts spent a great deal of time in Traverse City, Michigan at the Cherry County Playhouse...In later years when the theater was move to Muskegon, Michigan, Don frequented that city as well...

Some of the old time actors spent a lot of time in Traverse City...The Ponderosa crew were seen there often...There were a few scenes in the Ponderosa series that were actually filmed in Traverse City, Mich...

These 'giants' of television also participated in the annual local parade during the Grand Traverse Cherry Festival...

Just a little history I am familiar with...


33 posted on 02/25/2006 3:06:22 PM PST by Iscool (Start your own revolution by voting for the candidates the media (and gov't) tells you cannot win.)
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To: lunarbicep

Nobody made me laugh harder than Don Knotts. RIP


34 posted on 02/25/2006 3:07:25 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: Callahan

Oh I remember..I watch Andy on Classic TV when ever it is on!
I will miss him..the greatest deputy!


35 posted on 02/25/2006 3:07:37 PM PST by laney (*Ouantum Queen...)
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To: Callahan
"Remember the time Barney's tried to recite the pre-amble to the Constitution for Andy, and Andy had to prompt him through the whole thing. Classic American comedy! Don Knotts was great."

That was the best funny tv moment ever!

I also especially remember Barney's speech to Opie that the group of stay dogs were going to be ok and ended up saying, "Those selfish giraffes." It was touching and so funny.

I remember Barney making chili on his illegal hot plate in his rooming house room. Barney flirting with Thelma Lou on the telephone and he realizes Opie is present. And of course when he dressed up he'd wear his salt 'n pepper coat.
36 posted on 02/25/2006 3:09:01 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: lunarbicep
Rest in peace.



37 posted on 02/25/2006 3:11:20 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !(Snoq) The rest of my tagline redacted by court order.)
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To: lunarbicep

And Hillary lives.

Go figure.


38 posted on 02/25/2006 3:12:17 PM PST by new yorker 77 (Conservatives who eat their own are a liberal's best friend.)
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39 posted on 02/25/2006 3:14:52 PM PST by BraveMan
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To: lunarbicep

Barney Fife, best sitcom character ever.


40 posted on 02/25/2006 3:20:23 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Thank you, Don Knotts.)
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To: lunarbicep


What a bummer!


41 posted on 02/25/2006 3:21:07 PM PST by tutstar (Baptist Ping List Freepmail me if you want on or off this ping list.)
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To: lunarbicep

He was great on the old Steve Allen Show on the Man On The Street segment. RIP


42 posted on 02/25/2006 3:21:54 PM PST by duckman (I refuse to use a tag line...I mean it.)
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To: Regicide
Freepers! There will be no mollycoddling!

If there is, we'll have to nip it in the bud, I tell ya, nip it in the bud!

43 posted on 02/25/2006 3:22:02 PM PST by Erasmus (One fine day, sad to say, we'll all be Democrat voters.)
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To: duckman

I loved those Man on the Street segments of the Steve Allen Show..I remember that Tom Poston, played a guy who always forgot his name, and then there was another actor(tho I cannot remember his name), who played an extremely cheery guy name Gordon Hathaway...and then there was Don Knotts, who played the highly nervous little fellow, who could barely speak...now that was comedy...


44 posted on 02/25/2006 3:25:30 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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To: mkjessup
He served the U.S. Army honorably, and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar). . . .

So he really did know how to handle a firearm!

45 posted on 02/25/2006 3:25:44 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Nip it in the bud!)
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To: duckman
That's how I remember him--Steve's man-in-the-stree gang:

Don Knotts (the nervous one)
Bill Dana (My name...Jose...Jimenez)
Tom Poston (couldn't remember his name)
Louis Nye (Hi-ho, Steverino!)
Dayton Allen (Whyyyyyyy not?)

Who'm I forgetting?

46 posted on 02/25/2006 3:25:52 PM PST by Erasmus (One fine day, sad to say, we'll all be Democrat voters.)
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To: andysandmikesmom
Typed a lot faster than me, I see.

< ]B^)

47 posted on 02/25/2006 3:26:32 PM PST by Erasmus (One fine day, sad to say, we'll all be Democrat voters.)
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To: vetvetdoug

Believe it or not, that was my first thought.
Gotta send this on to our oldest son.
Is that your frat, too?


48 posted on 02/25/2006 3:26:39 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: andysandmikesmom; duckman
I loved those Man on the Street segments of the Steve Allen Show..I remember that Tom Poston, played a guy who always forgot his name, and then there was another actor(tho I cannot remember his name), who played an extremely cheery guy name Gordon Hathaway...and then there was Don Knotts, who played the highly nervous little fellow, who could barely speak...now that was comedy...

You got that right! The guy you're thinking of was Louis Nye, who also died within the past year.

Man, all the guys I enjoyed as a kid--they're all going now.

49 posted on 02/25/2006 3:28:11 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Hi-ho, Steverino!)
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Ah, but your post is more correct...thanks for that mention of Louis Nye...I just could not remember his name...and I had forgotten(how could I?) all about Jose Jimenez, played by Bill Dana...

Thanks...


50 posted on 02/25/2006 3:29:06 PM PST by andysandmikesmom
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