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The Love God Loves No More... Don Knotts 1924-2006

I am – Hercules.

Don Knotts was a comedy god, and today is a sad, sad day for people who love to laugh. Knotts wasn’t just in “The Andy Griffith Show,” perhaps the greatest American sitcom of the 1960s; he WAS “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Knotts died Friday night at Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills. He was 81.

Knotts won five Emmys for playing Barney Fife. That was five more than Andy Griffith got for playing Andy Taylor. When Knotts left the show (the circumstances behind his departure are a story in themselves), it was not the same series.

When I was a kid, I never laughed at anything as hard as I laughed at “The Reluctant Astronaut” when it came on TV. Knotts’ twitchy, crazed acrophobic demeanor sent me into something approaching respiratory arrest.

I’m convinced the guy who plays President Logan on “24” is thinking about Barney Fife every time he knots up that necktie he’s been wearing all season.

From my May 24 review of the “Andy Griffith Show” second-season DVD set:

Though Frances Bavier won her own Emmy during her final season of the show, nobody ever watched “The Andy Griffith Show” for Aunt Bea. The franchise belonged to Don Knotts, who won five Emmys for his epic portrayal of Mayberry’s hilariously insecure and high-strung deputy sheriff Barney Fife.

Knotts left the series after season five. It wasn’t his idea; Griffith kept telling the network and the studio that he would shut down the series after its fifth year, so Knotts signed a contract to make movies at Universal. When Griffith apparently changed his mind at the last minute, Knotts was already prepping for “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.”

But the “Andy Griffith Show” hatched in Don Knotts and Barney Fife a perfect combination of man and role.

Knotts gone but still immortal. With Barney Fife, he made something that’ll be remembered and loved forever.

Ahoy, squirts. Quint here. I wanted to chime in a bit on this one as well. I grew up watching Knotts' 60s flicks like THE SHAKIEST GUN IN THE WEST, THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN and, my favorite, THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET. Knotts brought a warm-hearted sincerity to every role he played, TV or film. After hearing his voice in the otherwise pretty lame CHICKEN LITTLE I was hoping we'd get one more slew of flicks featuring Mr. Knotts doing what he did best... making audience members of all ages smile. It seems that wasn't in the cards. You will be missed, sir. My thoughts are with his friends, family and fans.

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  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST


    by symphy

    I think I'll go watch Pleasantville now.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Jokerisdaking


  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by DocPazuzu

    ...what a dreadful eulogy... R.I.P. ChickenGeorge, step up to the plate. Please.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:15 p.m. CST

    at least it wasn't cancer

    by calami-shami

    so long

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    RIP Knotts

    by jmc8y

    A truly funny individual

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Aw crap...

    by The Guy Who Nods

    Never knew the man, never met the man, but this has ruined my day.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:17 p.m. CST

    He will be missed.

    by Lain Of The Net

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:18 p.m. CST

    He's Nipped it in the Bud for the Very Last Time

    by BoyNamedSue

    I don't usually get depressed at celebrity deaths, but I feel a sense of loss today. Thank you Mr. Knotts for providing us with hours on end of much appreciated laughter (and for showing us that you can be CLEAN and funny at the same time)!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    R. I. P. Mr. Knotts

    by Freakemovie

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    This is awful.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    Don Knotts was a comedy great. He deserved every bit of praise he ever got. He will be missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Major Suckage [face_sad]

    by The_Countess

    R. I. P., Good Sir.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Sad, Sad day

    by Schwornje

    I usually don't feel much of a connection when I see these things, but Mr. Knotts was a staple around my house growing up. It gives me a heavy-heart to see he has passed on. Apparently St. Peter really needed a deputy at the pearly gates.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace

    by GrandMuffTarkin

    At least we still have Steve Buscemi.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:22 p.m. CST


    by Shawn F.

    Always enjoyed his comedic style. Thanks, Mr. Knotts. Rest in Peace.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by UncleEthan

    This is truly sad news. Mr. Knotts came to my college once (We were located about45 min. from the real Mayberry) and gave a lecture to the film and acting students. A calss act all they way...especially in light of what a crude and vulgar man Andy Griffith is. I worked as a Dolly Grip on one of the Matlock shows (filling in for a friend) and Griffith is a foul mouthed buffon who pawed at the make up girl/woman. Don Knotts was a class act and will be missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Sad, his last memorable role was Pleasantville

    by Orionsangels

    I'm not sure about this, but his last appearance ever might be on, That 70's show. They recently aired an episode with Mary Tyler Moore as a guest. In this same episode Fez has a flashback that he lives with Jackie. They turn it into a sitcom, with opening and everything, ala laverne and shirley style. Then the landlord comes for the rent and it's Don Knotts as Mr. Furley in a 3 second cameo. Sad day, I grew up on his movies. What a sweet guy, glad he lived long. Rest in Peace funny man.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:25 p.m. CST

    So Sad

    by BudgieWudgie

    I loved this guy's talent! He will most definately be missed. His 'old school' type of comedy is a dying breed in Hollywood.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Sad, but he lived a good life.

    by dr_dreadlocks

    That's all we can ask for these days.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Atta boy, Luther!


    Bad news. RIP Mr. Chicken.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace Mr. Knotts...

    by tango fett

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:34 p.m. CST

    The Incredible Mr. Knotts

    by Uncapie

    I dated his daughter briefly in college and got to meet him when I picked her up. Did his own gardening and a true, all around nice guy. His films in the fifties and sixties were pivitol for kids growing up. "The Ghost And Mr. Chicken," "The Reluctant Astronaut" and of course, "The Incredible Mr. Limpet" which holds a soft spot in all of us. He will well and truly, be missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST

    So what were the circumstances of his departure?

    by Shan

    ... from the Andy Griffith show? I could imagine that it may not be how they portray it officially.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Darren McGavin

    by Shawn F.

    I just heard Darren McGavin passed away today as well.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:44 p.m. CST

    One last time...

    by Tal111

    Atta Boy Luthor!!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:45 p.m. CST

    a very funny man

    by twitaman

    The episode of Andy Griffith where Knotts is looking for a goat that I believe swallowed dynamite or something is one of the funniest things ever put down on film. When he lights that match to get a better look and sees the goat and shakes so much it goes out, I nearly wet myself. He will be missed, but thanks to reruns, he will always be remembered.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:46 p.m. CST

    I've always been convinced that President Logan....

    by MattCG

    ....was thinking of George W. Bush whenever he knots up his tie. He's a spot on carbon copy of Bush's impossible stupidity and indecision. Anyway, sad to hear about Knots. I liked him "Pleasantville." But, I hated "Andy Griffith".

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    The greatest law enforcement officer ever!

    by deadboy1313

    After I watch The Shakiest Gun In The West (and yes, I'll drool over Barbara Rhoades), I'm taking Otis out for a snootful. Don made me laugh more than anyone. And all he needed was a doubletake or a nervous look. RIP

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:48 p.m. CST

    nobody has mentioned the apple-dumpling gang!!!

    by McLuvin

    those movies were classics! and i think he was the voice of Mr.Bone in doug. that was a great show...

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Jim Carrey's Inspiration

    by BladeRazor

    We have Halloween parties where we play "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" just to see Don Knott's quiver and stumble while trying to solve a murder and get the girl. The guy was one of a kind. At a boy Luther!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:53 p.m. CST

    I've got a buddy who does

    by Itchy

    the best Don Knotts impersonation ever. Seriously great. I'm fully expecting to check my voicemail on Monday and here Don saying "Well, Andy, I think I might be dead over here". He left me a vm once about how Barney got drunk on moonshine and ended up performing analingus on Aunt Bea ... that was priceless.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 5:55 p.m. CST

    American Treasure

    by Elston Gunn

    American treasure is right. This is a huge loss. I've always said that Barney Fife stands up with there with J.R. Ewing, Tony Soprano and any TV character you want to put him up against. I had a "This Car Is Protected By Fife" front plate on my car for six years until I sold it in November. THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW lost its soul after he left. Just an amazing comic actor and an instant pleasure to watch on any screen. I'm glad and somewhat surprised no one has remade any of his films yet, like THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET or THE GHOST AND MR. CHICKEN (though the Farrelly Brothers referenced it with "Atta boy, Luthor!" in KINGPIN). I thought it was great Gary Ross cast him in PLEASANTVILLE. He was one of the handful of celebrities I really would have liked to have met -- a great talent, seemed like a wonderful human being and, of course, he was a West Virginia boy, too, as am I. He's from Morgantown (as is Lawrence Kasdan), home of West Virginia University, and where my brother lives and works now. In fact, one of the main roads in town is called Don Knotts Boulevard. He was 82, though. That's something.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    The greatest comedic actor of all time

    by Shermdawg

    He will be missed. Rest in Peace Don.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST


    by Buddapest

    Andy Griffith was the heart of the Andy Griffith Show, and that's why it lasted for years even after Don left the cast. This is not to knock Don, not in any way, because he certainly immortalized himself in the role of Barney Fife, but that show was Andy Griffith's baby through and through - and it's apparent to any true fan of the show and what it represents. That he and Don Knotts had such great chemistry, and Knotts was so perfect in the role was just icing on the cake. I, and all other Southern fans of the Andy Griffith Show also enjoy the many, many episodes that were produced after Barney's character moved off to Raleigh, but to say that Don Knotts WAS the heart of the show is a tad offbase. No offense intended.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:08 p.m. CST

    ah, farewell mr furley...

    by newc0253

    you goofiest of fellows, adieu.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:14 p.m. CST

    I've been lookin at you through the bedroom window....

    by Lance Turk

    Is this Don Knotts? WAAAA!! Click.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Who's responsible......

    by Hairy Nutsack

    Gilligan, Maxwell Smart, Grandpa Munster, and now Barney Fife in less than a year? Someone has put a contract on all of the beloved actors from my childhood. This is just damned depressing.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Truly not cool news.

    by Cotton McKnight

    The man is an icon. God bless Don Knotts.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Also, I think Herc's comment about his departure.......

    by Cotton McKnight

    Being a "story in itself" is misleading. It implies aminosity, when all you have seen from the cast is love and respect for each other. Don repeatedly participated in reunions and showed up on "Matlock" from time to time. Just thought it was important to mention that, because it implies that bridges were burned.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:21 p.m. CST

    Carl Kolchak hunts monsters in Heaven

    by Buddapest

    From Darren McGavin's official website: It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Darren McGavin at approximately 7:10 A.M. Pacific time today, Saturday, February 25, 2006. Darren was just three months short of his 84th birthday. While we suspect none of us can imagine a world without the beloved, feisty little red-head, it is time to reflect, give thanks for his life and hold in reverence his memory. Darren is gone, but in many respects he will always be with us: as Carl Kolchak, fighting authority and battling monsters; the grumpy Old Man sending curses over Lake Michigan; as David Ross, the outsider, Grey Holden, captain of the Enterprise, the irascible detective Mike Hammer or any number of memorable guest star appearances, most notably as Joe Bascome on GUNSMOKE and as the washed-up old actor from "Distant Signals." Please take a moment in your sadness to reflect upon all the ways Darren touched your lives, say a prayer and raise a glass to toast a career which spanned over fifty years and affected us all in ways too numerous to count.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "a story in themselves"???

    by omarthesnake

    the circumstances are as follows: Don Knotts and Andy Griffith both said they figured the show had five years in it when they started. Knotts decided to leave after those five years. Griffith decided the show still had some life in it and renewed his contract. What the heck kind of story are you grasping at? They clearly worked together in later years and there's no sign of hatred between the two. Quit trying to act like you know dark deep secrets, and just report the goddamned news.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Barney Fife Vs. B.A.R.N.E.Y. FIVE

    by Regis Travolta

    Damn it now I'll never get to see my Andy Griffith Show script produced! I haven't written it yet but if I had a time machine then I'd go back to 1963 and pitch it to the show's producer. Anyway my story has an eccentric inventor (Sterling Holloway would've been perfect for this character) moving to Mayberry this professor builds a Robot Version of Barney Fife he names the Robot "BARNEY FIVE" which stands for Battle Action Robot Never Ever Yells because at the start of the episode Barney bursts into the prof's room in the boarding house due to smoke coming out the window. Barney yells and screams and gives the visiting professor a $50 citation. So to get back at Barney the professor builds his robot and offers it to Andy as a new deputy. Andy thinks it's hilarious "and will put Mayberry on the map as a modern police force" but of course Barney hates the mechanical marvel. Unfortunately for Barney the BARNEY FIVE Robot is a much better deputy than Barney is. In order to get his job back Barney stages a fake robbery and plans to make the BARNEY FIVE fuck up. But the robot solves a real robbery and once again old Barney is humiliated. Finally at the end Barney gets the robot so confused that it self-destructs with fireworks and smoke lots of funny visual gags with Opie and Goober laughing their asses off. The professor is aghast and vows to return some day. "I'll get you for this Barney Fife if it's the last thing I ever do!"

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:39 p.m. CST

    When Barney left the show,...

    by Buddapest

    I missed him, but the show was just as good. It petered out over time, as all shows will, but it was still good. And we have his departure from that series to thank for all the great film work he did...not everyone feels like he was the lifeblood of the Andy Griffith Show. It wasn't called the Don Knotts Show, or the Barney Fife Incompetent Deputy Show. In most episodes, Barney is an obnoxious idiot, and it took great talent on the part of Don Knotts to convey such ineptitude.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    The Greatest American Sitcom of the 1960s...

    by Jonas Grumpy

    ...was either "The Addams Family" or "Green Acres," hot dammit! (Possibly "Gilligan's Island.") Both of those were far funnier than anything Mayberry had to offer. Of course, I'd rather watch "Andy Griffith" over "Family Affair" or "My Three Sons" any day. By the way, this is my FIRST post to this site. Now you know the rest of the story, and knowing is half the battle.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Steve Buscemi as Barney Fife

    by Buddapest

    I can see it now: Steve Buscemi as Barney Fife in a serious version of the Andy Griffith Show. Only, who would play the other staples of the series?

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Two of the funniest comics who ever lived...

    by Manos

    Don Knotts, Tim Conway. All others fade into pale pastels.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:48 p.m. CST


    by UncleEthan

    I'm sure you're buddy is funny, but the bit you described comes from a song by BR-549. They used to do it at Robert's in downtown Nashville, after mid-night of course. It was called the "Ballad of Andy and Opie". Does he do the bit where Barney finds Otis getting stoned in the woods and says- "Light that pipe and pass it my way!" Oh...poor old Don.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:53 p.m. CST

    a GIANT

    by dr.bulber

    seriously, they do not make them like this anymore. and there is, sadly, nothing comparable among us. barney, thank you.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Don Knotts Was A God

    by drew mcweeny

    I don't throw that word around lightly. I've got tons of his films and all five seasons of THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW featuring him, and today, there will be a marathon here at the Labs in his honor. I'm just crushed that I never got the chance to meet him.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    From Mayberry to Pleasantville and beyond .....

    by Bregalad_

    Ah.... my childhood memories of "The Apple Dumpling Gang" and all those many nights of laughter from "Three's Company" -- I will hold onto them forever. Fare well on your new journey, Don Knotts. You were absolutely the best.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:12 p.m. CST

    Between a laugh and a tear

    by Miami Mofo

    is where I'm at right now. God he was funny. R.I.P., Mr. Knotts. Thanks for the laughs.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:14 p.m. CST

    and they used Bon Ami!

    by durhay

    Oh, the awfulness of it.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:18 p.m. CST

    One Bullet Barney

    by Kentucky Colonel

    Adios Amigo.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    oh no...this is terrible

    by perfecto_fan

    I just found out about this...this is terrible, a comedy treasure now gone...Mr Furley was one of my favorite TV characters of all time. I loved it when he hyper-ventilated. This is so fucken Sad....

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by blackthought

    adios to the incredible mr. limpet...sighs

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Barney, you beat everythang, you know that?

    by lycanthrope

    Man - Don Knotts - no matter what a small minority has said here, every bit of Barney was comedy gold... And let's not forget his brief but brilliant scene with Phil Silvers in Mad, Mad World... One of the crews I worked on, well, Barney was a staple for humor - we'd all do that long sniff, then launch into something starting "Ya know Anj..." We'll miss you, Don - thank God your work is preserved for all of us to enjoy - thanks.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:40 p.m. CST


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  • Feb. 25, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    spot on call on "The Incredible Mr Limpet"

    by HurlyBurly

    (Live action Don Knotts + animated fish Don Knotts) * WWII subhunting subplot = sheer comic genius not to be equaled or surpassed by the garbage foisted off as comedy today. RIP DK!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by oisin5199

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:07 p.m. CST

    Oops - I meant to say I'll never forget Don Knotts

    by oisin5199

    in the Apple Dumpling Gang, which I saw in a drive-in (remember those?) in a double feature with Swiss Family Robinson when I was very little. Truly a genius has left this planet. Tim Conway's still around though and I was lucky enough to act on the same stage he started his career on in Ohio, back when I was in high school.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    The Shakiest Gun in Heaven

    by ckane123

    The Darren McGaven loss has much more impact for me but just... man Don Knotts was an incredibly talented guy and from what I have heard and read extremely gracious. I send my deepest sympathies to the family and friends and hope that this allows the cable channels the execuse to play ALL his movies and ALL his best Andy Griffith episodes in rotation for a while. Cause if there's one thing we need, after the past few months of bad news, it's some good laughs...

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    The most beloved person in all of show business.

    by ckane123

    That's what Mark Evanier blogger and comic writer calls him at a wonderful tribute on Check it out.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Wow this really sucks

    by Exterminans

    I love Don Knotts. He had a huge influence on my childhood. I still marvel at the work he did on the Andy Griffith show.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:13 p.m. CST

    he's in comedy heaven with Dangerfield now

    by oscarmike

    he shall be missed

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:17 p.m. CST

    The world loves Don Knotts


    The man is a legend who who be missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I highly recommend this...

    by 3 Bag Enema

    On Knotts' IMDB page, there's a thread on the message board that began, "Was he a Christian?" If you're not a Christian, you'll probably find the rest of the thread pretty funny. Laughing at idiots is one way of working through grief, after all.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:24 p.m. CST

    R.I.P. Mr. Furley

    by TheBaxter

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Shakiest Gun in the West

    by 3 Bag Enema

    It's easy to overlook the societal importance of "Shakiest". Most academics consider it a vapid re-make of a "superior" Bob Hope film. However my consensus is that Hope's movie simply Overemphasized the comedic aspects of the story and downplayed the sociological importance and mythical underpinnings of it. I don't fault Hope since his comedic talents are such that only his fully grasping of the genre and paradigm in its epistomological sense would allow him the proper frame/reference to "dim" his comedic talents enough to let the nuances of the story's deeper meanings emerge. Not so with Don Knotts. His performance is neo-subtle in the sense that he draws attention to the pre-Scorsesian templates of story entwined with yet seperated from, meaning, by overexaggerating Hope's performance to a Vonnegutian level. Example; his performance as Painless Jesse in the film's opening sequences underscore the relationship of Man the Creator with Man the Destroyer and Man the Dentist. In Barb Rhoades we see an equal but lesser voice representing tenets of Post-modern imperialism as well as Proto-Schwarzeneggerian grandiosity. Yet, it is Knotts, initially passive who redeems himself in the end, triumphing over Rhoades and all she symbolizes as well as echoing the pan-universal theme of the hero transformed by "plumbing" his own depths. This is shown particularily in the mine scene, where we read "mine" as "Subconscious Id". Simply put, not sense "The Incredible Mr. Limpett" has Knotts blended Transformational Mythology with Wellesian Cinematography and Jerrylewisian slapstick. BRAVO! - Author: BigBrando from Chicago

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:40 p.m. CST

    "Oh, My Darin' Barney Fife" (Part 1)

    by Gorrister

    Barney: "In a jailhouse, down in Dixie, fightin' crime and riskin' life, dwelled a sheriff and his buddy, pistol-packing Barney Fife. Oh, my darin', oh, my darnin' oh, my darin' Barney Fife. He's a deadly crime-stopper, what a copper Barney Fife. Then one day there come a-ridin' two bad men to rob a bank. But Fife was tricky, a dead-eye dickey. Now they're locked up in the tank. "

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:41 p.m. CST

    "Oh, My Darin' Barney Fife" (Part 2)

    by Gorrister

    Andy Taylor: "Oh, my Barney, oh, my Barney, had a jail and couldn't lock it. Had one bullet for his pistol, had to keep it in his pocket."

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    THIS SUCKS BIG TIME...really sad.

    by jig98

    he was a great funnyman who had a great talent and enormous inspiration on almost everyone who love entertaining and making the world laugh. and especially being in chicken little recently and everything. don knotts was awesome. he will be sorely missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Once met the Man, the Myth, the Legend.

    by Gorrister

    I remember meeting Don Knotts along with several cast members of Threes Company in the early eighties (The "Cindy" years). I remember being surprised at how small he was in real life. He is just so darned BIG on screen!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:48 p.m. CST

    IndyCollector: Totally agree with you

    by Gorrister

    Private Eyes is my favorite Knotts/Conway film. I'm still waiting for the uncut version to get released on DVD since it hints at the motives of the real murderer about halfway through the movie. Don't know why that scene was cut....seemed so darned importent. I see the uncut version on television every so often, but I still wait (in vain) for the DVD.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 9:55 p.m. CST


    by Det. John Kimble

    I think the greatest eulogy for Don Knotts is that he will continue to make us laugh.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    i know we have the love for Limpet, but what about

    by HypeEndsHere

    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken? i saw that on Saturday afternoon matinee and it managed to be both hilarious and strangely spooky (to a kid). the best part is the repeated gag in the crowd scenes when one unknown man shouts out "attaboy, Luther!" gets me every goddamn time. Don Knotts, you will be missed.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST

    One Of The Best

    by skoobyx

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST


    by Osmosis Jones

    This sucks. :o(

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:15 p.m. CST

    The Private Eyes is on DVD!

    by RetroActive

    You can get it on Amazon. That is my favorite Knotts/Conway teaming as well. Unrelated to Knotts but in the same humorous genre...Murder by Death was always a favorite as well!

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Class Act

    by Mister Man

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:34 p.m. CST

    3 Bag Enema ... Shhhhhhhhhhh.

    by RetroActive

    You have diarrhea of the mouth when it comes to the talkback. Your points are noted, but what's with the diatribe on the cultural significance of Don Knotts vs. Bob Hope comedic interpretations on cultural/political issues? Here's your answer professor...who cares? They were both funny guys. And we loved their work. Save your Film 101 b.s. for your next class on Wednesday.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    I appreciate it RetroActive, but.....

    by Gorrister

    ...the DVD I'm waiting for is the uncut version of Private Eyes. I've only seen it a couple of times and each time was on television. The DVD, as I understand it, it the theatrical version.....not the uncut version.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Don Knotts was awesome.

    by Voice O. Reason

    Comedy personified.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by Jellylover

    A good day just went to shit. Worst news I've heard in a long time. R.I.P. Don.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 11 p.m. CST

    Private Eyes....

    by chavee

    was some funny shit when I was a kid. I watched that one too everytime it was on tv. What was the name of the monster? The wookalar or something like that. Damn rest in peace Mr. Furley.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 11:19 p.m. CST

    I swear no one did homophobic landlord like him

    by Terry_1978

    Mr. Furley will always be funnier than the Ropers to me, just by his facial expressions and comic timing alone.

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Buscemi=Fife in any Griffith Show film.

    by Fred

  • Feb. 25, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    The bud has been nipped.

    by Uncle Stan

    I've never been hit this hard by a celebrity death.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    and FURLEY wept....

    by ralphfurley

    RIP RF. drinks at the Beagle are on me...stay classy,FURLEY OUT!

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Alas Poor Yorick......

    by Alen Smithee

    ...a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Goodnight sweet comic prince. May filghts of angeles sing thee to thy rest.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Alas Poor Yorick...

    by Alen Smithee

    a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. Now cracks a noble heart.--Good night, sweet comic prince,And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:46 a.m. CST

    "Don't laugh so hard!" my Grandma would say.

    by JDanielP

    I remember watching episodes with my Grandma, ...sometimes with my Dad, ...and how Barney would just make me bust a gut with laughter! Don Knotts had us all laughing. (And Gomer's understated "Shazam" had such an effect, too.) Give it up for "The Andy Griffith Show", ...which the large majority of people would agree just wasn't the same when Don Knotts had left. Of Don Knotts' movies, I can only remember seeing "The Apple Dumplin' Gang" (at the theatre) if nothing else, maybe I'll find some old flicks of his to watch. R.I.P.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Mr. Morrison?

    by Larry of Arabia

    "Are you nervous, Mr. Morrison?" "NO!!!"

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:54 a.m. CST

    Yet another of someone I already thought was dead

    by BendersShinyAss

    The reluctant astronaut was a champion film!

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:57 a.m. CST

    first the Ropers, then Jack, now Ralph Furley

    by bigdickmcgee

    It's like the end of my childhood. And I'm only 34. God save Chrissy and Janet.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 1:58 a.m. CST

    Let me clarify this...

    by zombieslayer

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    by Evil Chicken

    - Three's Company. He was one of a kind. Some holes can never be filled; this is one of them.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 5:37 a.m. CST

    He had so many iconic roles

    by Jinxo

    Seriously. Most actors have that one or two big roles that they get mainly remembered for but... Barney Fife, Mr. Furley, Mr. Limpett, The Apple Dumpling Gang... just so many. I can't think of the last AICN obit where looking through the posts so many people listed so many different "I'll remember him for" roles. And there's still stuff left off, forgotten. I saw some character bits he did for The Steve Allen Show that were so funny I got ticked off that I missed that part of his career. Those clips were sooo funny. Rest in peace, man! Thanks for all the laughs.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Whatever, 3 bag, I always thought "Shakiest Gun ...

    by TimBenzedrine the West" was superior to "The Paleface." Iremember seeing it at the Drive-In with my family and laughing like hell all the way through it. To this day, whenever someone hands me a dubious package or bag, my first responce is always a bewildered look and a plaintive "waah tay?" I know it's a pretty obscure reference and no one ever knows what I'm talking about, but that line has been stuck in my head for more than 30 years. Good night Barney, I'll be carrying around one bullet in my pocket all day tomorrow in your honor.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    best saturday afternoon double feature as a kid

    by durhay

    The Ghost and Mr. Chicken followed by The Nutty Professor

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 8:13 a.m. CST


    by Anna Valerious

    He was one of the best parts of "Chicken Little" and probably the only reason to watch the Tom Arnold vehicle "Big Bully". And his constant association with "Scooby Doo", even appearing in a "Robot Chicken" parody when Mystery, Inc. investigates Camp Crystal Lake... He will be missed.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    How can I forget about Wakko Warner?

    by Anna Valerious

    If you remember "Animaniacs", he was a HUGE Don Knotts fanboy. :(

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST


    by ILK

    This affects me on so many levels. He was even good on Three's Company. Anything he touched was improved by his presence.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    A Fond Farewell...

    by Silverblade11975

    Don Knotts was one of my favorates growing up. I wasn't around during the Mayberry era, but Three's Company was a show I loved to watch as a kid. When John Ritter died, it was heartbreaking. Now that Don Knotts is gone, it's earth shattering. Darren McGavin is the same way for me. When I was a kid, I would try and stay up to watch Kolchak. Once more, part of my childhood has died, but it leaves behind good memories that will live with me, and many others, for the rest of our lives. Honoris Causa... Silverblade

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    Das Limpet!

    by mechashiva

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    Almost Forgot...

    by Silverblade11975

    I have an episode of Red Skelton where Don first appeared on the show. I guess I'll watch it again just for another good laugh. Honoris Causa... Silverblade

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Pay your respects you Tender Ninnies...

    by SouthSide_2010

    All I can really say is, it was going to happen sometime. Don Knotts will truly be missed and I really did love every piece of work he put on Television and Film. A very funny guy, a terrible loss to the entertainment world.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I met Don Knotts at Disney/MGM

    by I Dunno

    Totally cool guy. If they remake The Incredible Mr. Limpet or Three's Company with some choad like Jim Carrey, there will be violence. 4F, RF. RIP

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Attaboy Luthor!

    by riskebiz

    The Ghost And Mr. Chicken was my fav. I hope Mr. Knotts gets ample reward in the hereafter just for that one movie.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:05 a.m. CST

    I'll always remember him as Mr. Limpet

    by moondoggy2u

    One of my favorite movies when I was a kid. Never did appreciate his 1-bullet-Barney role until I grew up. I guess thats my roundabout way of saying he will always be Mr. Limpet to me.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    One Bullet for Barney...

    by jorson2

    I wasn't alive anywhere near the sixties, but I still grew up on those reruns. "The Andy Griffith" show had something that most other "great sitcoms", notably "Seinfeld," never had -- heart. Maybe that was the perverse appeal of the latter, but I much prefer the former, and MOSTLY due to Knotts' Barney Fife. In a show about a small town in which presumably nothing and nobody ever really changed (or wanted to), Barney was constantly wanting an adventure, constantly curious, constantly wanting to push the envelope at his job the same way Knotts pushed it in his portrayal. After all, it ultimately was Barney that wound up moving up to Raleigh for a different law enforcement job. The character wasn't always a success - in fact, he wasn't most of the time, which made him funny -- but he kept trying, and I think audiences relate to that in the sense that many of us don't "succeed" in little things in life, but we do or would like to keep trying. As someone else on this board said, yes, this was inevitable. I just hope he gets the earthly sendoff he deserves, respected with a smile, and his single bullet tucked neatly in his shirt pocket where it will stay... forever.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:22 a.m. CST

    God Bless Don Knotts

    by scarface319

    I will greatly miss him. A very sad day.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Das es LIMPET!!!!

    by Dark Knight Lite

    Knotts and McGavin - this is one sad day. I've never had this much emotion for the passing of two men I had never met. It's a testament to their craft that I feel like I knew them.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:54 a.m. CST long Barney.

    by morGoth

    Always liked Barney more than Andy anyway. And so long Mr. were Incredible in your day.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:29 p.m. CST

    If you want to see PRIME Knotts...

    by KurosawaDisciple

    Try and locate any of his clips from the Steve Allen Show (1956)...incredibly funny. The man was a frickin' comedy god to say the very least. And not to start a mini-war in what should be a thread for remembrance...but in no way did the Andy Griffith Show remain "just as good" after Don's departure. That's just ridiculous...

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by EUROPA

    So long...I still get sucked into watching the Andy Griffith show anytime I pass it on the box that show is still one of the funniest things on TV today.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 4:30 p.m. CST

    A fitting epitaph:

    by JohnnyFriendly

    There once was a deputy named Fife / Who carried a gun and a knife / The knife was all rusted, the gun was all busted / So he never caught a crook in his life. Goodnight, funny man.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I was a big "Ghost and Mr. Chicken" fan as a kid.

    by rev_skarekroe

    Seems like someone was showing it on TV every weekend.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 6:51 p.m. CST

    I live In Don's hometown...

    by ripper t. jones

    just a few miles from Don Knotts Blvd. This town is in serious mourning. Im carryin' one bullett around with me today, and I'm gonna shoot my car tire in your honor! RIP Don, and thanks for always remembering the small town you came from.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Sad days indeed...

    by ComputerGuy68

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The 2

    by Darth Maui

    Don Knotts ruled. Have been watching some of the Andy Griffith DVDs in the last year or so and have been very impressed with his comedy skills. My memory of him had been as an over-the-top goofy buffoon but when I actually watched everything with a critical eye I could see that his performance skills were amazing. He really knew how to feather things to allow for a comedic buildup. There were many instances where he was subtly restraining himself from taking the performance into pure, brainless lampoon territory and you could tell a lot of thought and care went into it.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Damn right! It's a chimp!

    by Cumlauncher

    Of course there was Don Knott's performance as the traffic cop in the Hal Needham star filled opus "CANNONBALL RUN II." I'm sorry but watching Mr.Furley get knocked the fuck out by an orangutan while Tony Danza gets liquored up is comedy fucking GOLD! Farewell Don Knotts. BY THE LIGHT...OF THE SILVERY MOOOOOON.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Wonderful comedian; was gold on "Three's Company".

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Didn't realize he was so old, though. He always looked much younger on the screen.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    don't want to be a dick, but Limpet was 2 years before

    by HypeEndsHere

    the Ghost and Mr. Chicken.

  • Feb. 26, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the fond memories Don...

    by Samuel Steamer

    You will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 12:28 a.m. CST

    You know, I used to tape record Three's Company...

    by JustinSane

    ...episodes and listen to them while hiding in my closet fortress. Strange, but true. Good ol' Don would cause me to laugh for hours, even on audiotape.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 1:34 a.m. CST

    Thank you Mr. Knotts...

    by NYC

    for the laughs you have provided me. Mr. Furley, to me, is one of television's classic characters. You wre a genius, and will inspire other to come.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 1:48 a.m. CST

    The word "Icon" is too often used...

    by sundancekeed

    to describe someone of marginal influence at best, but this weekend, we lost two genuine icons. Don Knotts and Darren McGavin were with us baby boomers throughout all of our formative years. And the characters they brought life to feel like members of the family. Barney Fife and Karl Colchak alternately tickled and terrified us and that's a testament to how good these guys were. Knotts a superb comedic actor and McGavin was simply the best character actor I ever saw. It's truly a sad day for those of us who grew up in the sixties and seventies. Godspeed, gentlemen. You're both greatly missed and I'm greatful that I was around to witness your talents on display.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 4:42 a.m. CST

    Don Knotts was a legend and a personal hero

    by The PimpDragon

    As an actor, I can honestly say that Don Knotts is a man I've studied (and enjoyed every frame of it). He created characters who, while goofy or wacky, were very, very real and you wanted to see them succeed. Barney Fife will go down as, in my humble opinion, TV's greatest comedic character (or maybe tied with Carroll O'Connor's Archie Bunker). He was always good for a laugh but shined as that loveable loser who somehow, someway came out on top. The Ghost and Mr. Chicken was the first film of his I saw, and I still to this day will watch it any chance I get. And to those of you who love The Private Eyes -I'm glad I'm not in the minority! I simply adore that film and always agreed with Gene Siskel's quote on the DVD cover - "What a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon". He's exactly right. Everything Don Knotts did you could tell he put his heart and soul into and for that reason alone he is a legend. I cried when I heard that both he and Darren McGavin left us today. I'll never get to meet them - at least not in this life. Thanks, Don, for providing me and my family hours upon hours of quality entertainment for all of us to enjoy. I promise you you'll never be forgotten and I also promise you my son will know your work on TV and film very well! Godspeed and thanks for everything. You never met me, but the impact you had - and will continue to have - on me is humongous.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    I only hope Don can forgive my tardiness to the wake.

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    After the extended weekend that had me on a bender for my birthday and then some, I found myself sleeping it off for a day and thinking it was time to join the world again. It was upon that moment I received the news...Don Knotts, the great actor, writer, and television icon, has passed on. When I think of Don Knotts, I think of the silly neighbor that would show up to the kids parties and be the guy wearing the silly hat. He had no qualms with being silly. Don started as a ventriloquist. He moved on to skits on comedy talk shows in the 50's like Steve Allen. And it was only natural that he be cast as Barney Fife for what would become one of the single greatest characters in the history of TV. As he would move on to the Disney comedies, and then return to TV replacing Norman Fell on Three

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    imdb-topic deleted

    by L. Duderino

    There was a topic called "Don Knotts isn't dead!!!" that apparently had been started a year ago when there were false rumours of his death. Now people were reacting because, of course, he has passed away. Because there was some confusion in the topic, an admin decided to delete the whole thing. I don't see why - it was a bit confusing and thus a bit funny, but in no way was it disrespectful... RIP

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    RIP Barney

    by radio1_mike

    F*ckin' A, man. So many great childhood memories... Thank you Don Knotts.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Pimp Dragon, ChickenGeorgeVII

    by Miami Mofo

    I have just finished reading your posts, both here and at the Darren McGavin tb. Well done, gentlemen! Oh and CG-7, happy birthday.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST



    I can't express how much I love that film. R.I.P MR.KNOTTS You will be missed.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Chicken George--that was very, very excellent.

    by moondoggy2u

    And as Miami Mofo said earlier, happy birthday.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    RIP Luther Haig

    by gernblanston67

    Ghost and Mr. Chicken is one of my all time favorites.

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Rest in peace, Mr. Knotts

    by HarmoniumSaver

    my friend and I were JUST talking about how great it is that "Matlock" and "Barney Fife" are still around after so many years...

  • Feb. 27, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    A Small Role...

    by Jonas Grumpy "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," and no one mentions it? The scene with Don Knotts and Phil Silvers? In the car? At the gas station? Come on!

  • Feb. 28, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Loved him and his wife on Three's Company.

    by BilboRing

    Too funny. It's a shame he croaked all up in there. I actually thought he died years ago from smoking too many cigars. Shame.

  • Feb. 28, 2006, 3:01 p.m. CST

    The Love God (1969)

    by Dewi

    Don Knott's TV shows were not shown in the UK, but I'll remember him for the above movie, where he was brilliant as a shy, idealistic bird watcher and male virgin by chance passed off to the public as a symbol of sixties sexual decadence - think Heffner, Guiccione and Larry Flynt. . It was written and directed by the great Nat Hiken, the creator of Sgt Bilko. It's my favourite unknown movie - IMO by a mile still the funniest comedy about the "sexual revolution" ever. Does anybody else here remember it?

  • Feb. 28, 2006, 7:45 p.m. CST

    Bilbo, are you stupid or just a dick? pick one.

    by HypeEndsHere

    first, "who's this guy?" in the Weaver obit, and now you don't know the difference between Norman Fell (Mr. Roper) and Don Knotts (Mr. Furley).... sigh... and Dewi, there's a REALLY inexpensive 4 DVD set including "The Love God?" for sale. the other 3 films are great too ---->