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Don Knotts
Birthday: July 21, 1924

Birth Place: Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Height: 5' 6"

Below is a complete filmography (list of movies he's appeared in) for Don Knotts. If you have any corrections or additions, please email us at corrections@actorsofhollywood.com. We'd also be interested in any trivia or other information you have.



While a still scrawny, undersized pre-teen in Morgantown, West Virginia, Don Knotts dreamed of becoming an entertainer, but was too nervous to offer himself as a "single." Purchasing a dummy named Danny, Knotts worked up a ventriloquist act (admittedly stolen from Edgar Bergen) and headed to New York to seek his fortune. After flunking out twice on Major Bowes' Amateur Hour, Knotts returned to Morgantown. He attended West Virginia University as a speech major, intending to become a teacher. He was given a second opportunity to hone his entertaining skills while in Special Services during World War II. He continued pursuing ventriloquism until the fateful night that he threw his dummy into the ocean: "I wanted to get the laughs," Knotts would explain later. And laughs he got as a monologist from both GI and civilian audiences. Never completely conquering his stage fright, Knotts incorporated his nervousness into his act, impersonating such tremulous creatures as a novice TV weatherman and a tongue-tied sportcaster. In New York after the war, Knotts secured work on a local children's show before spending several years on the daytime soap opera Search for Tomorrow. In 1955, Knotts was cast in two small roles in the Broadway play No Time for Sergeants, which starred another teacher-turned-monologist named Andy Griffith, who would become Knotts' lifelong friend and co-worker. From 1955 through 1960, Knotts was a regular on The Steve Allen Show, provoking uncontrollable gusts of laughter as the bug-eyed, quivering "man on the street." He made his screen debut in the 1958 film version of No Time for Sergeants, re-creating his stage role of the squeaky-voiced coordination therapist. In 1960, he was cast as uptight, self-important, overzealous, magnificently inept deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show. This was the role than won Knotts seven Emmies: five during his five-year tenure on the series, and two more when he returned to the show as a guest star in 1966 and 1967. Knotts left the Griffith Show when his contract expired in 1965, hoping to achieve movie stardom. From 1966 through 1971, Knotts ground out a series of inexpensive comedies for Universal (called "regionals" because they played primarily in non-urban and rural theatres). Panned or ignored by the critics on their first release, many of Knott's starring films, especially The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and Shakiest Gun in the West (1967), hold up surprisingly well today. Arguably, the best of Knotts' 1960s films was made at Warner Bros. while he was still an Andy Griffith regular: The Incredible Mr. Limpet, an engaging blend of animation and live action wherein Knotts was ideally cast as a henpecked husband who metamorphosed into a war-hero fish! In 1970, Knotts starred in his own TV variety series, which opened to good ratings but which ran out of gas after a single season. He resumed his film career, first at Disney, then teamed with Tim Conway in a handful of cheap but amusing B-grade features (The Private Eyes, The Prize Fighter) He also returned to television as self-style roue Mr. Furley on Three's Company (1979-84) and as gung-ho principal Bud McPherson on the syndicated What a Country! (1986). That same year, Knotts reprised his most venerable role of Deputy Fife in the made-for-TV movie, Return to Mayberry, the last act of which saw the character becoming the sheriff of Mayberry, North Carolina. Ratings went through the roof. Despite his advancing age, Knotts's output crescendoed in the 1990s and early 2000s. He appeared as a school principal in the Rick Moranis/Tom Arnold comedy Big Bully (1996). Additional roles included a television repairman in Big scribe Gary Ross's 1998 directorial debut, Pleasantville; the voice of T.W. Turtle in Cats Don't Dance, the voice of Turkey Lurkey in the 2005 Disney comedy Chicken Little, and a turn as "The Landlord" on an episode of That 70s Show that represented a deliberate throwback to Three's Company. Knotts also spent much of his final decade teaming up with his old friend and co-star, Tim Conway, on the voice-overs for Hermie and Friends, a series of contemporary Christian animated videos about a bunch of colorful insects, helmed by theologian Max Lucado. The world lost Don Knotts on February 25, 2006; he died from pulmonary and respiratory complications in Beverly Hills, California. In his final years, Knotts's appearances on the big or the small screen were greeted with the sort of appreciative laughter and applause that is afforded only to a genuine television icon. He left behind an enduring legacy as a performer and comedian and will never be forgotten.

Movie Credits
Hermie & Friends: To Share or Nut to Share (2006)
Air Buddies (2006)
[ Michael Clarke Duncan ][ Spencer Breslin ][ Spencer Fox ]
Hermie & Friends: Stanley the Stinkbug Goes to Camp (2006)
[ Judge Reinhold ]
Chicken Little (2005)
[ Patrick Stewart ][ Zach Braff ][ Steve Zahn ][ Patrick Warburton ][ Will Friedle ]
Hermie & Friends: A Fruitcake Christmas (2005)
The 3rd Annual TV Land Awards (2005)
[ Abe Vigoda ][ Tom Bosley ][ Jerry Mathers ]
Hermie & Friends: Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee (2005)
[ Tahj Mowry ]
Hermie & Friends: Webster the Scaredy Spider (2004)
[ Tahj Mowry ]
Hermie & Friends: Flo the Lyin' Fly (2004)
Hermie & Friends (2004)
Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (2003)
Scooby-Doo: Night of 100 Frights (2002)
[ Tim Curry ][ Frank Welker ]
Quints (2000)
[ Daniel Roebuck ][ Jake Epstein ]
Tom Sawyer (2000)
[ Richard Kind ][ Kevin Michael Richardson ][ Dee Bradley Baker ]
Jingle Bells (1999)
[ Jason Alexander ]
Pleasantville (1998)
[ Paul Walker ][ Tobey Maguire ][ William H Macy ][ William H. Macy ][ Steven Soderbergh ]
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
[ John Rhys-Davies ][ Scott Bakula ][ Rene Auberjonois ][ Frank Welker ][ George Kennedy ]
Big Bully (1996)
[ Gregory Smith ][ Rick Moranis ][ Jeffrey Tambor ][ Curtis Armstrong ][ Stuart Pankin ]
The Picture: Part 1 (1992)
The Accident (1991)
Timmy's Gift: Precious Moments Christmas (1991)
[ Dom DeLuise ]
The Fighter (1990)
The Brothers (1990)
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987)
[ James Earl Jones ][ Frank Welker ][ Scott Grimes ][ Tom Bosley ]
Return to Mayberry (1986)
[ Ron Howard ][ Andy Griffith ][ Jim Nabors ]
The Little Troll Prince (1985)
[ Vincent Price ][ Frank Welker ][ Danny Cooksey ][ Rob Paulsen ][ Jonathan Winters ]
Friends and Lovers: Part 2 (1984)
[ John Ritter ]
Forget Me Not (1984)
Jack Takes Off (1984)
Jack's Tattoo (1984)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
[ Jackie Chan ][ Burt Reynolds ][ Tony Danza ][ Dean Martin ][ Frank Welker ]
No Deposit, No Return: Part 1 (1982)
[ David Niven ][ Darren McGavin ][ Charles Martin Smith ]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again: Part 2 (1982)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again: Part 1 (1982)
[ Tim Matheson ][ Harry Morgan ][ Jack Elam ][ Kenneth Mars ][ Johnny Crawford ]
The Private Eyes (1981)
The Prize Fighter (1979)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
[ Tim Matheson ][ Harry Morgan ][ Jack Elam ][ Kenneth Mars ][ Johnny Crawford ]
Trouble, My Lovely/The Common Man (1978)
[ John Fiedler ]
Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
[ Darren McGavin ][ Jack Elam ]
Gus (1977)
[ Dick Van Patten ]
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
[ Roy Kinnear ]
Gus (1976)
[ Richard Kiel ][ Bob Crane ][ Tom Bosley ][ Harold Gould ][ Dick Van Patten ]
No Deposit, No Return (1976)
[ David Niven ][ Darren McGavin ][ Charles Martin Smith ]
The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
[ Harry Morgan ][ Bill Bixby ][ Slim Pickens ]
I Love a Mystery (1973)
The Man Who Came to Dinner (1972)
[ Orson Welles ][ Michael Gough ]
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
[ Frank Welker ][ Bruce Kirby ]
The Love God? (1969)
The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
[ Pat Morita ]
Barney Comes to Mayberry (1967)
A Visit to Barney Fife (1967)
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
[ Leslie Nielsen ]
The Legend of Barney Fife (1966)
The Return of Barney Fife (1966)
The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Move Over, Darling (1963)
[ James Garner ][ John Astin ][ Chuck Connors ]
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963)
[ Mickey Rooney ][ Spencer Tracy ][ Jerry Lewis ][ Buster Keaton ][ Carl Reiner ]
The Last Time I Saw Archie (1961)
[ Robert Mitchum ]
Wake Me When It's Over (1960)
[ Jack Warden ][ Dick Shawn ]
No Time for Sergeants (1958)
[ Andy Griffith ][ Jamie Farr ]


  • Was a Ventriloquist in his early years from out of High School and his doll was named, Danny.
  • Enlisted in the United States Army at age 19.
  • Father of Karen Knotts.
  • Is a member of the fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa.
  • Portrayed Windy Wales on Mutual Radio's "Bobby Benson" (1949-1955).
  • Technically was an Army Reservist for one week. After being inducted for World War II service on June 14, 1943, was assigned to the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps on inactive duty. Reported for active duty one week later, on the 21st of June, and was transfered to active duty status in the Army of the United States.
  • Veteran of the Second World War who was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 4 bronze service stars), Army Good Conduct Medal, Marksman Badge (with Carbine Bar) and Honorable Service Lapel Pin.
  • Served in the Army of the United States, under the service number 35 756 363, from June 21, 1943 to January 6, 1946. Discharged in the rank of Technician Grade 5, which was the equivalent of a Corporal.
  • Together with Tom Poston and Louis Nye, he did the recurring "Man on the Street" skits on "The Steve Allen Show" (1956) television program.
  • Attended and graduated from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, with a BA in Education graduated 1948
  • Don was conceived after his parents had already raised other sons. His father had a nervous breakdown at the prospect of raising another child from birth.
  • Older brother "Shadow" died of asthma in 1942.
  • Took an early job plucking chickens for a market when he was told he didn't have a future in acting.
  • He was the youngest of four brothers. His family life was troubled; Knotts' father twice threatened his mother with a knife and later spent time in mental hospitals, while older brother Earl - nicknamed "Shadow" because of his thinness - died of asthma in 1942 when Knotts was still a teenager.
  • Buried among the stars at the beautiful and prestigious Westwood Memorial Park. 1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, California.
  • Died on the same day and at the same age as Dennis Weaver.
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch)

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