Biography of Don Knotts, famous TV and movie clown

Don Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 25, 2006 )

Don Knotts

(Editor’s note: Don Knotts has died of pulmonary and respiratory complications at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A. on February 25, 2006). Jesse Donald Knotts, known worldwide as Don Knotts, is best known for playing the part of the nervous, hyperactive fall guy, exemplified by the role that brought him fame, Deputy Barney Fife.

Don Knotts was born July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S.A. Don was a sickly child, nervous, who suffered periodic bouts of depression. He was the youngest child in his family; in fact, his sibling were all virtually grown when he was born. He became interested in acting at a young age, and by the time he entered high school he had developed a ventriloquist act with “Danny” his dummy partner. Read More…

Jessie the chicken plucker

As a boy, Jesse was a chicken plucker. He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. It wasn’t much of a job, but at the time, Jesse didn’t think he was much of a person.

His father was a brute of a man. His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and treated Jesse rough all of his life.

Jesse’s older brother wasn’t much better. He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up.

Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia. Life was anything but easy and he thought life didn’t hold much hope for him.

That’s why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job that darn few people wanted.

In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems that Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real physical illness, but way too often it was all in his head. He was a small child, skinny and meek. That sure didn’t help the situation any. Read More…

A Date for Gomer

A Date for Gomer, an episode from the fourth season of The Andy Griffith Show, originally aired November 25, 1963

Barney Fife (Don Knotts) and Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) are frustrated in their dating lives. Every time they try to be alone with their respective girlfriends, Gomer (Jim Nabors) show up uninvited and, being Gomer, doesn’t catch the obvious hints that the couples would like to be along.

Since they’re friends with Gomer, they don’t want to hurt his feelings — and fate seemingly intervenes with the arrivale of Thelma Lou’s homely cousin, Mary Grace (Mary Grace Canfield–‘Ralph Monroe’ from “Green Acres“). Gomer is excited about the date, buying new shoes, etc. — but is clearly getting cold feet Read More…

Ellie for Council – The Andy Griffith Show

Synopsis of Ellie for Council – The Andy Griffith Show

Ellie for Council

Ellie for Council

When Ellie wonders why there are no women running for the city council and doesn’t like Andy’s answers, especially his use of the word silly, she decides to run herself. The town quickly divides into two camps, with the men cutting off their wives charge accounts and the women refusing to cook and clean for their husbands. Ellie decides to quit the race when she sees the uproar she has caused but Andy, realizing he was wrong, tells everyone there is no good reason for her not to run. Original airdate: December 12, 1960 Read More…

Hermie and Friends: Flo the Lyin’ Fly

Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends: Flo the Lyin’ Fly

Max Lucado's Hermie and Friends - Flo the Lyin' Fly featuring the voice talents of Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Don Knotts - it's about ... being truthfulBuy from Amazon.com

An installment of Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends Christian kids’ animation, Flo the Lyin’ Fly is a simple story, told with humor that adults can enjoy—but aimed at young children.  It’s effectively a retelling of “the boy who cried wolf”, as Flo the Fly (voiced by Vicki Lawrence) gets caught in telling lies, and actually has a short conversation with God about it.  She’s given an opportunity to start telling the truth, but turns her back on it when the famous singing group “The WaterBeatles” are going to be coming to the marsh for a concert, and she brags about how she knows them all, etc.  Later, after her lie is exposed, she actually does meet the WaterBeatles, but when they are kidnapped by a “fire-breathing dragonfly”, Hermie (voiced by Tim Conway), Wormie (voiced by the late Don Knotts) and the other residents of the marsh don’t believe her.  All turns out well, however, and it ends with the WaterBeatles (sung by Third Day) performing a song about the importance of telling the truth.  The video actually begins with a short vignette of Hermie and Wormie, when Hermie unintentionally causes a small flood, reinforcing the same lesson. Read More…

The Incredible Mr. Don Knotts

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The Incredible Mr. Don Knotts - an eye-popping look at his movies, by Stephen Cox and Kevin MarhankaBuy from Amazon.com

If there is any doubt about the genius of the late, great Don Knotts–simply ask the millions of Andy Griffith Show fans who have adored his performance as Deputy Barney Fife on television for decades. After earning five Emmy Awards for his work on the classic sitcom, the actor surrendered his bullet to the sheriff and hit the trail to make movies. Read More…

Hot Lead and Cold Feet

Despite the heavy use of Don Knotts in the promotional materials, he actually has a fairly minor role in Hot Lead and Cold Feet, the actual film deals with the crazy founder of an Old West town, who has arranged a contest between his two sons after faking his death (all three roles are played by Jim Dale) to see who will inherit the old man’s fortune.

Editorial review of Hot Lead and Cold Feet courtesy of Amazon.com

Walt Disney Pictures Preseents Hot Lead & Cold Feet - The West Gets Wilder, lock, stock and gun barrel - Jim Dale, Karen Valentine, Don Knotts, Jack Elam, Darren McGavin

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A two-gun terror and his terrified twin brother (both played by Jim Dale) turn an old cowtown upside down. A blazing, rip-roaring, riotous saga of brotherly competition in a winner-take-all battle for an inheritance. Tony award winner Jim Dale stars in a triple-header of a role, pulling all the stops out as he plays three different people: Old Jasper Bloodshy and his two sons. Veteran comedic actors Don Knotts and Jack Elam show up for their own turns in this great Walt Disney family film.

Move Over, Darling

Editorial Review of Move Over, Darling courtesy of Amazon.com

Move Over Darling, starring Doris Day, James Garner, with a classic bit by Don KnottsBuy from Amazon.com Doris Day, the perky, chaste adult star of an odd collection of winking 1960s sex comedies, takes the Irene Dunne role in this remake of the comedy classic My Favorite Wife. As the survivor of a five-year ordeal on a desert island, she returns home the very day her husband has remarried. James Garner, trading his Maverick impish humor and con man cool for a mugging performance of double takes and pratfalls, is her overjoyed husband who is too cowardly to tell his neurotic bride (Polly Bergen). All of this, naturally, leads to a ridiculously complicated plot that combines door-slamming sex farce with mistaken identities (Day poses as a Swedish masseuse) and a goofy sped-up car chase. Chuck Connors, who costars as Day’s hunky, he-man island mate “Adam,” leads a topnotch supporting cast that includes sassy Thelma Ritter as Garner’s no-nonsense mother, Don Knotts as a nervous shoe salesman enlisted by Day to impersonate Adam, Fred Clark at his indignant best, and John Astin and Pat Harrington in early roles. Edgar Buchanan practically steals the film as a gruff, irascible judge who growls through the legal circus that forms the film’s chaotic climax. The cast for the most part rises above the tepid script Read More…

Jingle Bells

Editorial Review of Jingle Bells starring Jason Alexander, Don Knotts, Shelly Long courtesy of Amazon.com

Buy from Amazon.com Jingle Bells, with the voice talents of Don Knotts, Jason Alexander, Shelly LongSacrificial giving–reminiscent of O. Henry’s timeless “Gift of the Magi”–is the theme of this lighthearted Christmas gem ideally suited to young audiences. Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) lends his ever-mirthful voice as Santa’s Elf, who narrates the animated tale of a poor family and a father’s wish to give his kids a special gift at Christmas “to put a sparkle in their eyes.” Even though Mom and Dad (voiced by Shelley Long and James Eckhouse) have sold most of the farm animals to pay off debt, Tommy and Beth are unaware that poverty has struck their household. They are brimming with excitement as they put the finishing touches on a surprise gift for their parents–a one-horse open sleigh to be pulled by Kris, their trusty, talking horse (voiced by Don Knotts). Read More…

Disney 4-Movie Collection: Don Knotts

Disney 4-Movie Collection: Don Knotts (Apple Dumpling Gang / Apple Dumpling Rides Again / Gus / Hot Lead & Cold Feet)

Don Knotts 4 movie collectionBuy from Amazon.com The Disney 4-movie Don Knotts collection includes: Read More…

The Andy Griffith Show episode guide – season 3

The Andy Griffith Show episode guide – season 3 (1962-1963) Read More…