Don Knotts

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Knotts as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show

Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (born July 21, 1924) is an American actor. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia. He served in World War II and received the World War II Victory Medal.

Knotts first gained exposure in 1956, after being a regular on the soap opera Search for Tomorrow from 1953 to 1955, on Steve Allen's variety show.

He is best remembered for his role as Barney Fife on the American television show The Andy Griffith Show. He won five Emmy Awards for his work as Barney Fife. Don Knotts starred in a series of films in the 1960s; The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968) and The Love God? (1969).

In the 1970s, Knotts and Tim Conway starred together in a series of slapstick movies.

Knotts returned to television in the late 1970s, appearing as Ralph Furley on Three's Company. He also had a recurring role on Matlock, which starred his old friend Andy Griffith. He also appeared with Griffith in the 1986 made for television movie Return to Mayberry where he once again played Barney Fife.

In 1998, Knotts began a recent career comeback with his part as the TV repairman in Pleasantville.

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