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Don Knotts (1924–2006)

Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist, performing ... See full bio »

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 2006 Air Buddies (Video)
Sniffer (voice)
 2006 Hermie & Friends: To Share or Nut to Share (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2005 That '70s Show (TV Series)
The Landlord
 2005 Fatherhood (TV Series)
Mr. Mauzer
- The Second Family (2005) ... Mr. Mauzer (voice)
 2004 Hermie & Friends (TV Movie)
 2004 Hermie & Friends: Flo the Lyin' Fly (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2003 Odd Job Jack (TV Series)
Dirk Douglas
- American Wiener ... Dirk Douglas
 2002 Scooby-Doo: Night of 100 Frights (Video Game)
Groundskeeper (voice)
 2002 The Griffin and the Minor Canon (TV Movie)
Messenger 1
 2000 Quints (TV Movie)
Gov. Healy
 2000 Tom Sawyer (Video)
Mutt Potter (voice)
 1999 Jingle Bells (TV Movie)
Kris (voice)
 1997 101 Dalmatians: The Series (TV Series)
Additional Voices
- Mall Pups (1997) ... Additional Voices (voice)
- Shake, Rattle and Woof/Cadpig Behind Bars (1997) ... Additional Voices (voice)
 1997 Cats Don't Dance
T.W. Turtle (voice)
 1996 Big Bully
Principal Kokelar
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
 1993 Step by Step (TV Series)
Deputy Feif
- Christmas Story (1993) ... Deputy Feif
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
Mr. Lichen
- The Two Gils (1992) ... Mr. Lichen (voice)
 1991 Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (Video)
Titus (voice)
 1991 Nashville Now (TV Series)
Barney Fife / Himself
- Mayberry Reunion (1991) ... Barney Fife / Himself
 1990 Newhart (TV Series)
- Seein' Double (1990) ... Iron (uncredited)
 1988 She's the Sheriff (TV Series)
- Hair (1988) ... Moe
 1987 The Little Troll Prince (TV Movie)
Professor Nidaros (voice)
 1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Gee Willikers (voice)
 1987 What a Country (TV Series)
F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- What a Tangled Web We Weave (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- Moonlighting (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- Nikolai Speaks (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- Taylor Loses His Cool (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
 1986 Return to Mayberry (TV Movie)
Barney Fife
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
Don Knotts
- Disaster at Buzz Creek (1985) ... Don Knotts
 1985 Inspector Gadget (TV Series)
Male M.A.D Agent
- Ghost Catchers (1985) ... Male M.A.D Agent (voice)
 1984 Cannonball Run II
CHP Officer #2
 1980 The Private Eyes
Inspector Winship
 1979 The Prize Fighter
 1979 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Herb Grobecker / Devon King
- Crew Confessions/Haven't I Seen You?/Reunion (1979) ... Herb Grobecker / Devon King
 1978-1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Felix Birdsong / Stanley Scheckter
- Pentagram/Casting Director/A Little Ball (1979) ... Felix Birdsong
- Trouble, My Lovely/The Common Man (1978) ... Stanley Scheckter
 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
Sheriff Denver Kid
 1977 Mule Feathers
Narrator / The Mule (voice)
 1976 Gus
Coach Venner
 1976 No Deposit, No Return
 1975 Laugh Back (TV Series)
 1975 Harry and Maggie (TV Short)
Harry Kellogg
 1974 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (TV Series)
Charlie 'Bumbles' Johnson
- Don Knotts, the Beekeeper (1974) ... Charlie 'Bumbles' Johnson (voice)
 1973 I Love a Mystery (TV Movie)
Alexander Archer
 1973 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Ben Fletcher
- Lucy Goes on Her Last Blind Date (1973) ... Ben Fletcher
 1971 How to Frame a Figg
Hollis Alexander Figg
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Leo Swann
- Swann's Way (1970) ... Leo Swann
 1969 The Love God?
Abner Audubon Peacock IV
 1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West
Dr. Jesse W. Heywood
 1966 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Lieutenant Pratt
- Little Red Riding Doctor (1966) ... Lieutenant Pratt
 1966 The Ghost and Mr. Chicken
Luther Heggs
 1961-1965 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Commodore of Lagoons / 'Steady Fingers' Ferguson / Horaces Horatio / ...
- A Creep in the Deep (1965) ... Commodore of Lagoons
- How Are Things in Glocca Moron? (1964) ... 'Steady Fingers' Ferguson
- Jerk and the Beanstalk (1963) ... Horaces Horatio
- Deadeye and the Gunslinger (1961) ... Mr. Pallid
- San Fernando and Herbie (1961) ... Herbie
 1961 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series)
 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
Capt. Harry Little
 1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Esmond Metzger
- Rock-A-Bye Dobie (1960) ... Esmond Metzger
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Sgt. Percy Warren
 1957-1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Nervous Chap / Sketch Actor / Sketch Comic / ...
- (1960) (1960) ... Nervous Chap
- Episode #5.27 (1960) ... Nervous Chap
- Episode dated 16 May 1960 (1960) ... Sketch Actor
- Episode #5.26 (1960) ... Nervous Chap
- Episode #5.25 (1960) ... Nervous Chap
 1958 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Flash Gruskin
- Bob and Schultzy at Sea (1958) ... Flash Gruskin
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Pierce 3098 (1953)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Wilbur Peterson (1953-1955)
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Other Works:

TV commercial: Andy Griffith for Post Grape Nuts cereal (as Barney Fife). 1960s See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 5 Interviews | 6 Articles | See more »


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I don't think actors get good training today. I put my training to use in everything I do. See more »


Took an early job plucking chickens for a market when he was told he didn't have a future in acting. See more »


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