Saturday, February 25, 2006

Barney Fife's Final Patrol

Don Knotts, who brought me many laughs as a child, has died. It's hard to believe he was 81! When I lived in South Carolina, you couldn't go a night without an episode of "Andy Griffith" somewhere on the TV, and my friend John was ever doing his Barney Fife imitation. R.I.P.

Knotts' only serious role ever was a brief stint on "Search for Tomorrow."

The actor's half-century career included seven TV series and more than 25 films, but it was the Griffith show that brought him TV immortality and five Emmys.

The show ran from 1960-68, and was in the top 10 of the Nielsen ratings each season, including a No. 1 ranking its final year. It is one of only three series in TV history to bow out at the top: The others are "I Love Lucy" and "Seinfeld." The 249 episodes have appeared frequently in reruns and have spawned a large, active network of fan clubs.

As the bug-eyed deputy to Griffith, Knotts carried in his shirt pocket the one bullet he was allowed after shooting himself in the foot. The constant fumbling, a recurring sight gag, was typical of his self-deprecating humor.

Knotts, whose shy, soft-spoken manner was unlike his high-strung characters, once said he was most proud of the Fife character and doesn't mind being remembered that way.

Read the rest here.


Blogger angelmeg said...

That will teach me to not visit for a few days.


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