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Don Knotts

World War II veteran who became a household name after costarring as the nervous, bug eyed, Deputy sheriff in the long running TV series “The Andy Griffith Show”. Later, Don took his  popular persona to the big screen in film such as “The Reluctant Astronaut” (1967), “The Shakiest Gun In The West” (1968), “The Love God?” (1969) & “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975).

Fact File

Birth Name: Jesse Donald Knotts

Date Of Birth: 21st July 1924

Place Of Birth:
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

Height: 5’ 10”

Loralee Czuchna (1974 - 1983)
Kathryn Kay Metz (1947 - 1964)

Debut Film:
“No Time For Sergeants” (1958)

Debut TV Appearance:
“Search For Tommorow”(1953-55)

Signature TV Role:
Deputy Barnie Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” (1960 - 1968)

Trivia: During the 1960’s, Don won 5 “Emmy Awards” for his work on “The Andy Griffith Show”.

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Don Knotts’ Top 10 Movies on DVD

It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World [DVD](1963) DVD
A veritable "Who's Who" of film comedy was assembled by director Stanley Kramer for this slapstick extravaganza. A group of strangers learns about $350,000 in hidden loot from a dying gangster and sets off on a madcap cross-country race to find it.Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Phil Silvers and Jonathan Winters star, with dozens of cameos ranging from Jack Benny to Don Knotts to the Three Stooges. 161 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; documentary; outtakes; theatrical trailers.

The Incredible Mr. Limpet [DVD](1964) DVD
Live action and animation combine for a funny, finny family comedy. Don Knotts is an amateur ichthyologist who is turned into a bespectacled fish and becomes America's secret weapon in World War II. Jack Weston, Carole Cook, Andrew Duggan co-star. 99 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; featurettes; documentary; games; DVD-ROM content; theatrical trailer; more.

The Ghost And Mr. Chicken [DVD](1966) DVD
In one of his funniest film outings, Don Knotts plays a milquetoast newspaper typesetter whose big chance to become a reporter has arrived--and all he has to do is spend the night in a supposedly haunted house. Chills and chuckles mix in this comedy that also stars Joan Staley, Dick Sargent. 90 min.

The Reluctant Astronaut [DVD](1967) DVD
Amusement park rocket operator Don Knotts has all the "wrong stuff" when his pushy father lands him a slot in the astronaut training program. Knotts' fear of heights grounds him into being a NASA janitor, but a call for the least-qualified subject for a mission soon has him in orbit in this far-out comedy. Leslie Nielsen, Joan Freeman, Arthur O'Connell co-star. 103 min.

The Shakiest Gun In The West [DVD](1968) DVD
Don Knotts rattles, and you'll roll with laughter, as he portrays a cowardly dentist who goes west and gets mistaken for a famous gunslinger! Laughs by the wagonload in this remake of "The Paleface." Jackie Coogan, Barbara Rhoades co-star. 101 min.

How To Frame A Figg [DVD](1971) DVD
Nerdish small-town bookkeeper Don Knotts is framed by a group of corrupt officials for swiping cash from the city till. With Knotts facing charges that could send him to jail, he has to uncover the real culprits. Elaine Joyce, Joe Flynn, Edward Andrews and Yvonne Craig also star. 103 min.

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again [DVD](1975) DVD
In this sequel, wacky outlaws Don Knotts and Tim Conway can't seem to stay out of trouble, even when they try to go straight. See what happens when they're court-martialed for decimating Harry Morgan's fort, then try to escape from the stockade. Kenneth Mars, Tim Matheson and Jack Elam also star. 89 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono.

The Apple Dumpling Gang [DVD](1975) DVD
The West was never wilder than in this slapstick Disney comedy about a pair of inept bank robbers who get involved with three orphans out to out-con a con man. Bill Bixby, Susan Clark, Don Knotts and Tim Conway star. 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary by Knotts, Conway, others; featurettes; interview; bonus shorts; photo gallery; biographies; more.

Gus [DVD](1976) DVD
Gus, a field goal-kicking mule from Yugoslavia, is enlisted by the owner of the hapless California Atoms to help his football team. Soon, the animal's efforts help the Atoms win games, despite the efforts of some crooks to cool Gus' hot streak. Ed Asner, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Gary Grimes, Bob Crane, Dick Enberg and Stu Nahan of "Captain Philadelphia" fame star. 96 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.

The Prize Fighter [DVD](1979) DVD
Tim Conway and Don Knotts star in a zany, knock-em-out comedy for the whole family, as an inept boxer and his hapless manager are set up by a crooked promoter for a championship bout. With David Wayne, Robin Clark. 99 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; scene access.


Don Knotts on Television

The Andy Griffith Show VHS
One of the most popular TV shows of all time, this CBS program ran from 1960 to 1968. Follow the comical, homespun exploits of sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), son Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier), deputy Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and the other residents of laid-back Mayberry, North Carolina. Each two-program tape runs about 55 min.

The Andy Griffith Show 2-DVD Set [DVD] DVD
Includes "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man," "The Big House," "The Rivals," "A Wife for Andy," "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs," "Barney's First Car," "The Darlings Are Coming" and "The Great Filling Station Robbery." 214 min. total.

The Andy Griffith Show 2-Pack [DVD] DVD
Episodes include "High Noon at Mayberry," "Loaded Goat," "The Big House," "A Wife for Andy," "Andy Discovers America," "Andy's English Valet," "Mountain Wedding," "Opie and the Spoiled Kid," "Rafe Hollister Sings" and "Class Reunion." 250 min. total.

The Andy Griffith Show: Classic Episodes, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
This "best of" collection includes "Aunt Bee's Medicine Man," "The Big House," "The Rivals" and "A Wife for Andy." 104 min.

The Andy Griffith Show: Classic Episodes, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
More down-home laughs from Mayberry with this compilation that features "Dogs, Dogs, Dogs," "Barney's First Car," "The Darlings Are Coming" and "The Great Filling Station Robbery." 110 min.


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