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Don Knotts A Tribute To An American Legend

 

 

Don Knotts is best know for his role as Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom which he earned five Emmy awards.  He also played landlord Ralph Furley on the 1980’s sitcom Three’s Company.  Today as his daughter unveils a statue in Morgantown, West Virginia honoring her late father, we here at NetflixUpdate.Com would also like to pay tribute to one of the great comedians and actors of our day.

 

The Andy Griffith Show 

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In 1960, he took the role of Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show.   Knotts’s portrayal of the deputy of Mayberry earned him five Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Television Comedy.

The New Scooby Doo Movies

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Knotts voiced an animated version of himself in two episodes of The New Scooby Doo Movies: “The Spooky Fog of Juneberry”, in which he played a lawman resembling Barney Fife, and “Guess Who’s Knott Coming to Dinner”

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In 1998, Knotts had a small but instrumental role as a mysterious TV repairman in Pleasantville with Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon.

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Knotts parodied his Ralph Furley character a final time, in his last live TV appearance, in an episode of That ’70s Show he played Fez and Jackie’s new landlord.

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Knotts’s final role was in Air Buddies, in 2006 , voicing the sheriff’s deputy dog, Sniffer.

 

These features are not even close to all of his credits these are what is available on Netflix.  Other favorites include:  Three’s Company, Hermie and Friends, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. All of Don Knott’s work had that slapstick, bug eyed sense about them which is clear in all of these titles.


 

 

Don Knotts died on February 24, 2006 at the age of 81 from complications to pneumonia related to lung cancer.  He is buried in Los Angeles.   The obituary read that he was a major influence on other entertainers.   In early 2011, a bronze plaque replaced his granite headstone  which shows several of Knotts’ movie roles.

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