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Don Knotts

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Also Known As: Died: February 25, 2006
Born: July 21, 1924 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Morgantown, West Virginia Profession: Cast ...
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Drafted into the US Army during WWII; served in the South Pacific
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In the Army, became part of a show called "Stars and Gripes" with partner Michael Shaughnessy
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Completed college degree; offered teaching fellowship (which he declined)
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Moved to NYC to pursue an acting career
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Started out in radio in a show entitled "Bobby Benson and the B Bar B's"
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Made first TV appearances on shows including "Howdy Doody"
1953:
Appeared in a recurring role on the (initially) CBS soap opera "Search for Tomorrow"
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Broadway debut, "No Time for Sergeants"; first collaboration with Andy Griffith
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Made recurring appearances on "The Garry Moore Show", a CBS variety series
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Appeared as a regular ensemble member on "The Steve Allen Show", an NBC comedy/variety series; moved to Hollywood with the production in the fall of 1959
1958:
Reprised role for the film version of "No Time for Sergeants"
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Played Deputy Barney Fife on the popular CBS sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show"; left to focus on film career (made occassional guest appearances through 1968)
1964:
First starring role in a film, "The Incredible Mr. Limpet"
1965:
Co-hosted first TV special, "The Andy Griffith-Don Knotts-Jim Nabors Show" on CBS
1970:
Received story credit for the feature, "How to Frame a Figg" (also starred)
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Hosted and starred in "The Don Knotts Show", an NBC comedy-variety series
1975:
First feature pairing with Tim Conway, "The Apple Dumpling Gang"
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Joined the cast of the hit sitcom "Three's Company" as landlord Ralph Furley
1986:
Reprised the role of Barney Fife for the hugely successful (highest rated of its season) TV-movie reunion "Return to Mayberry"
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Played the recurring role of pesky neighbor Les Calhoun on the popular NBC courtroom drama, "Matlock", starring Andy Griffith
1995:
Participated in the HBO benefit special "Comic Relief"
1996:
Returned to features in the role of the school principal in "Big Bully"
1998:
Had pivotal role in "Pleasantville," as a folksy TV repairman
2000:
Honored with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 19)
2005:
Voiced Mayor Turkey Lurkey in the animated feature "Chicken Little"

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