The lovable Don Knotts passed away from lung cancer in 2006 with his best buddy and co-star, Andy Griffith, by his side. The actor was best known for his role as Barney Fife in “The Andy Griffith Show,” but he has also given his talents in other projects as well such as Disney’s “The Apple Dumpling Game” and of course, the fun-loving landlord in the 1980’s comedy, “Three’s Company.” No matter what role he took on, Don Knotts always made us laugh. He had a way about him that was unique and a pleasure to watch. Here are five things that you may not have known about this lovable funny man.
We all know him as Don Knotts, but his real name is actually Jesse Donald Knotts. That was how he was known to his close friends and family. He was born in Morgantown, W. Va. and seemed to love comedy when he was quite young.
In his early days growing up, Knotts decided to try out ventriloquism and seemed to be quite good at it. His wooden companion’s name was Danny. However, he didn’t make a long career out of it as he loved comedy so much that he ended up doing that instead. We are so glad that he did.
You wouldn’t think that Don Knotts would be a chick magnet but it seems that he was quite a ladies man, according to his daughter, Karen Knotts. Even though he was married three times during his full life, his daughter says that he wowed the ladies in between those marriages.
Some of the classic quips back and forth between Sheriff Andy Taylor and his deputy, Barney Fife, were quite natural. The pair got together to add in their own lines into the show and it worked perfectly. Comedy and humor seemed to come so natural to them that their talent showed on screen.
The legacy of Don Knotts is still going strong thanks to his daughter. Karen Knotts has taken to the road to share some of her special memories of her dad. The intimate show is called “Tied Up in Knotts” as she reminisces about her childhood and also growing up with the beloved actors of “The Andy Griffith Show."