US actor- Deputy Barney Fife on TV’s The Andy Griffith Show
1924- July 21, Morgantown, West Virginia
1940’s- Knotts served in the U.S. Army during World War II, performing for troops as a comedian and ventriloquist. There’s no truth to the Intenet rumor that he was once a Marine drill sergeant
1950’s- Pencil-necked, Don Knotts made a career out of playing jittery underdogs with wavering voices and big dreams. Knotts was a regular on the original Tonight Show with Steve Allen, where he broke in an ongoing routine called simply the Nervous Man.
1960-1965 – He is the bumbling deputy sheriff of Mayberry on the hit sitcom The Andy Griffith Show
1966 – Knotts seemed always on the verge of a nervous breakdown in a string of movies with titles like The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), The Reluctant Astronaut (1967), The Shakiest Gun In the West (1968) and Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
1970- He hosted his own short-lived variety show, The Don Knotts Show (which featured a pre-M*A*S*H Gary Burghoff)
1979-84- Knotts gathered a second generation of fans when he played the wannabe-swinger Ralph Furley on Three’s Company.
1960-1968 – Knotts left The Andy Griffith Show after its fifth season, but made occasional return appearances… Knotts won Emmy Awards as best actor in the supporting role in 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966 and 1967 — the last two for episodes done after he had stopped being a show regular.