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Living Tribute to Don Knotts
Born: July 21, 1924
Died: February 24, 2006

Best known for his role of “Barney Fife”, small-town deputy in Mayberry, on “The Andy Griffith Show”, receiving five Emmy Awards, actor and comedian, Don Knotts, age 81, died on February 24, 2006 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California of pulmonary and respiratory complications.

Jesse Donald “Don” Knotts was born July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia to Elsie L. Moore and William Jesse Knotts. His father was a farmer who died when Don was 13 years old. His mother was a homemaker and lived until 1969.

Don has three brothers: Ralph Lewis Knotts, Willie Vincent Knotts and William Earl “Bill” Knotts.

When he was 19, Don joined the Army. This was where he got his start in show business – entertaining the troops. He served in World War II from June, 1943 to January, 1946 as an entertainer. For his service, he received the World War II Victory Medal.

Don Knotts graduated from West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia in 1948 with a degree in theater.

His acting career included the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” 1953-1955; Deputy Barney Fife on the television sitcom “The Andy Griffith Show” 1961-1966. He starred in film comedies, Disney films, and as the landlord in “Three’s Company”. In 2005, he performed as the voice for Mayor Turkey Lurkey in “Chicken Little”.

He was married in 1947 to Kathryn Kay Metz (mother of his children) and divorced in 1964. His second marriage was to Loralee Czuchna in 1974 and divorced in 1983.

He is survived by his wife of three years, Francey Yarborough; his children; son, Thomas Allen Knotts and daughter, Karen Ann Knotts and grandson, Steven Knotts.

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