|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
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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