Don Knotts (1924–2006)

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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 Luzetta 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, ... See full bio »

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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World Nervous Motorist
Pleasantville TV Repairman
Three's Company Ralph Furley


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 2006 Air Buddies (Video)
Sniffer (voice)
 2006 Hermie & Friends: To Share or Nut to Share (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2006 Chicken Little: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Mayor Turkey Lurkey (voice)
 2005 Fatherhood (TV Series)
Edwin Mazur / Mr. Mauzer
- Birds, Bees and Bindlebeep (2005) ... Edwin Mazur (voice)
- The Second Family (2005) ... Mr. Mauzer (voice)
 2005 That '70s Show (TV Series)
The Landlord
- Stone Cold Crazy (2005) ... The Landlord
 2005 Chicken Little
Mayor Turkey Lurkey (voice)
 2005 Hermie & Friends: A Fruitcake Christmas (Video)
Wormie (voice)
 2005 Robot Chicken (TV Series short)
Don Knotts
- Operation Rich in Spirit (2005) ... Don Knotts (voice)
 2005 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Don Knotts
- Hit Me! (2005) ... Don Knotts
 2005 Hermie & Friends: Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2004 Hermie & Friends (TV Movie)
Wormie (voice)
 2004 Hermie & Friends: Webster the Scaredy Spider (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2004 Johnny Bravo (TV Series short)
Don Knotts
- Johnny Makeover/Back on Shaq (2004) ... Don Knotts (voice)
- Johnny Bravo Goes to Hollywood (2004) ... Don Knotts (voice)
 2004 Hermie & Friends: Flo the Lyin' Fly (Video short)
Wormie (voice)
 2003 Odd Job Jack (TV Series)
Dirk Douglas
- American Wiener ... Dirk Douglas
 2003 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Don Knotts
- Come and Knock on Our Door (2003) ... Don Knotts
 2003 Hermie: A Common Caterpillar (TV Movie)
Wormie (voice)
 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)
 1999 M.U.G.E.N (Video Game)
 1998 Pleasantville
TV Repairman
 1997 Cats Don't Dance
T.W. Turtle (voice)
 1996 Big Bully
Principal Kokelar
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Dr. Adkins
- Who Killed Good Time Charlie? (1994) ... Dr. Adkins
 1993 Step by Step (TV Series)
Deputy Feif
- Christmas Story (1993) ... Deputy Feif
 1988-1992 Matlock (TV Series)
Les Calhoun
- The Assassination: Part 2 (1992) ... Les Calhoun
- The Assassination: Part 1 (1992) ... Les Calhoun
- The Picture: Part 2 (1992) ... Les Calhoun
- The Picture: Part 1 (1992) ... Les Calhoun
- The Accident (1991) ... Les Calhoun
 1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
Mr. Lichen
- The Two Gils (1992) ... Mr. Lichen (voice)
 1991 Timmy's Gift: A Precious Moments Christmas (Video short)
Titus (voice)
 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
- The Apartment (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- The Candidate (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson (credit only)
- What Are Friends For? (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson
- We're in the Mubotos (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson (credit only)
- Love Finds Nikolai (1987) ... F. Jerry 'Bud' McPherson (credit only)
 1979-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Don Knotts / Herb Groebecker
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Don Knotts
 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)
 1979-1984 Three's Company (TV Series)
Ralph Furley
- Friends and Lovers: Part 2 (1984) ... Ralph Furley
- Friends and Lovers: Part 1 (1984) ... Ralph Furley
- Cupid Works Overtime (1984) ... Ralph Furley (credit only)
- The Heiress (1984) ... Ralph Furley
- Forget Me Not (1984) ... Ralph Furley
 1984 Cannonball Run II
CHP Officer #2
 1980 The Private Eyes
Inspector Winship
 1979 The Prize Fighter
 1978-1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Felix Birdsong / Stanley Scheckter
- Casting Director/Pentagram/A Little Ball (1979) ... Felix Birdsong
- Trouble, My Lovely/The Common Man (1978) ... Stanley Scheckter
 1978 Mule Feathers
Narrator / The Mule (voice)
 1978 Hot Lead and Cold Feet
Sheriff Denver Kid
 1977 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Wheely Applegate
 1976 Gus
Coach Venner
 1976 No Deposit, No Return
 1975 Laugh Back (TV Series)
 1975 The Apple Dumpling Gang
Theodore Ogelvie
 1975 Harry and Maggie (TV Movie)
Harry Kellogg
 1974 The Girl with Something Extra (TV Series)
- The Not-So-Good Samaritan (1974) ... Lionel
 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
 1972 The Man Who Came to Dinner (TV Movie)
Dr. Bradley
 1972 The New Scooby-Doo Movies (TV Series)
Don Knotts / Homer Pipsqueak
- The Spooky Fog of Juneberry (1972) ... Don Knotts (voice)
- Guess Who's Knott Coming to Dinner? (1972) ... Don Knotts / Homer Pipsqueak (voice)
 1971 How to Frame a Figg
Hollis Alexander Figg
 1971 The New Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Barney Fife
- My Friend, the Mayor (1971) ... Barney Fife
 1970 The Bill Cosby Show (TV Series)
Leo Swann
- Swann's Way (1970) ... Leo Swann
 1969 The Love God?
Abner Audubon Peacock IV
 1968 Mayberry R.F.D. (TV Series)
Barney Fife
- Andy and Helen Get Married (1968) ... Barney Fife
 1968 The Shakiest Gun in the West
Jesse W. Heywood
 1960-1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
Barney Fife
- Barney Hosts a Summit Meeting (1968) ... Barney Fife
- Barney Comes to Mayberry (1967) ... Barney Fife
- A Visit to Barney Fife (1967) ... Barney Fife
- The Legend of Barney Fife (1966) ... Barney Fife
- The Return of Barney Fife (1966) ... Barney Fife
 1967 The Reluctant Astronaut
Roy Fleming
 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 / Horaces Horatio / Mr. Pallid / ...
- A Creep in the Deep (1965) ... Commodore of Lagoons
- Jerk and the Beanstalk (1963) ... Horaces Horatio
- Deadeye and the Gunslinger (1961) ... Mr. Pallid
- San Fernando and Herbie (1961) ... Herbie
 1964 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Barney Fife
- Joey's Hideaway Cabin (1964) ... Barney Fife
 1964 The Incredible Mr. Limpet
Henry Limpet
 1963 Move Over, Darling
Shoe Clerk
 1963 It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Nervous Motorist
 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
 1958 No Time for Sergeants
Cpl. John C. Brown
 1958 The Bob Cummings Show (TV Series)
Flash Gruskin
- Bob and Schultzy at Sea (1958) ... Flash Gruskin
 1954 Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (TV Series)
- Escape by Magic (1954)
 1953 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Pierce 3098 (1953)
 1951 Search for Tomorrow (TV Series)
Wilbur Peterson (1953-1955)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Thanks (5 credits)
Show Show Self (108 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (29 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(8/21/96-11/10/96) Stage: Appeared (as "Martin Vanderhoef") in George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's play, "You Can't Take It With You," at the New Theatre Restaurant in Overland Park, KS, with Dodie Brown (Penelope Sycamore); Heidi Gutknecht (Essie); Richard Frontman (Paul Sycamore); Jim Kormke (Mr. De Pinna); Scott Cordes (Ed); ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Mr. Don Knotts


5' 7½" (1.71 m)


Frances Yarborough  (his death) | See more »


Karen Knotts | See more »


Jodi Knotts (cousin)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Well, they put me in a booth and then did some nice things to the speaker to make it come out sounding okay. See more »


He never retired from acting until his death. See more »


Wide-eyed stare used to express shock or frustration See more »

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