Born: July 21, 1924, Morgantown, West Virginia
Died: February 24, 2006 (age 81), Los Angeles, California
Knotts (Jesse Donald Knotts) was an American comedic actor best
known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s television sitcom The
Andy Griffith Show (a role which earned him five Emmy Awards), and
as landlord Ralph Furley on the television sitcom Three�s Company
in the 1980s.
What do you know about Don Knotts. Play this Folk Quick Quiz.
1. At 19, Knotts served in World War II as part of a traveling GI
variety show and as a nurse, including in the Pacific Theater. What
military branch was he a member of?
- Army Air Force
2. After performing in many venues (including a ventriloquist act
with a dummy named Hooch Matador), Knotts got his first major break on
television in the soap opera, where he appeared from 1953 to 1955. What
was the soap opera?
- Guiding Light
- Search for Tomorrow
- One Day at a Time
3. He came to fame in 1956 on variety show, as part of the repertory
company, most notably in mock �Man in the Street� interviews, always
as a man extremely nervous. Who host the variety show?
- Steve Allen
- Art Linkletter
- Arthur Godfrey
4. In 1958, Knotts appeared in a movie with Andy Griffith. What was
- Mayberry Sheriff
- Rangers along the River
- No Time for Sergeants
5. On The Andy Griffith Show, who was originally the comic lead?
- Andy Griffith
- Ron Howard
- Jim Nabors
6. Jesse W. Haywood (Knotts) graduates from dental school in
Philadelphia in 1870 and goes west to become a frontier dentist. What is
- The Paleface
- The Shakiest Gun in the West
7. Beginning in 1975, who did Knotts team up in a series of slapstick
movies aimed at children?
- Mark Reynolds
- Ron Howard
- Tim Conway
8. In 1989, he joined Griffith in another show, playing a recurring
role as a pesky neighbor on Matlock until 1992. What was the
- Les Calhoun
- Manny Boggs
- Pinkie Lee
9. Don Knotts died at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles,
California from pulmonary and respiratory complications related to lung
cancer. He had been undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
in the months before his death, but had gone home after he reportedly
had been getting better.
10. Where is Don Knotts buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,
- Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California
- Mayberry Cemetery, Mayberry, North Carolina