Sunday, February 26, 2006

Don Knotts, The "Barney Fife" Comic Legend Is Gone

During my childhood I always greatly admired comic actor Don Knotts. It seemed like the old Andy Griffith Show was always on TV when a new show, or as reruns, or as DVD whenever one wanted to take trip back to this peaceful little town of Mayberry where people were always decent and friendly.

Don Knotts was a major part of this wonderful little imaginary town of Mayberry. As the funny and bumbling deputy, Barney Fife, Don Knotts became a beloved part of my early television history.

In other roles, Don Knotts, was funny, but he never really could match his Andy Griffith Show role. In THE GHOST AND MR.CHICKEN, THE RELUCTANT ASTRONAUT, or teaming with Tim Conway in THE PRIVATE EYES, or as the outrageous landlord in THREE'S COMPANY, Don Knotts was always the funny and bumbling nerd, but never quite as good as Barney Fife it seemed to me.

But maybe that's the way it is with legends. They are remembered for one great role more than any other. To me Don Knotts will always be the lovable Barney Fife.


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